Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience

A new Christmas experience at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Selected dates from 1 - 23 December. Timed 1-hour sessions from 09:30-17:00

A special portal has been discovered at the Science Centre which leads directly to the North Pole. Santa's Elves invite children and their families to join them on a special tour of the Elf Invention Studio, meet Santa at his home and take part in a science-themed toy-making workshop.

Santa's Elves love the Science Centre almost as much as they love Christmas. A sprinkling of Christmas magic will run through the Science Centre exhibition and into the planetarium with a free Elf Trail and a new Christmas-themed live, Elf-led planetarium show.

All-inclusive tickets include general entry to the Science Centre, the Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience and a planetarium show. We recommend you allow 3 hours for your visit.

Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience

Take a journey through a special door and discover how Santa and his elves prepare for Christmas. Visit the Elf Invention Studio and see Santa’s Master Elf experimenting with whizzes, fizzes, colours and bangs in the laboratory as they use science to create the colours of Christmas. Visit Santa’s house to take part in a toy-making workshop where children will be able to put into practise some of the science they've learnt from the elves, and of course, meet Santa. 

This is a magical and immersive Christmas experience. Santa will be present throughout the workshop so children can enjoy meeting him first as a group before being invited to say hello in person and to tell him what they're hoping to get for Christmas. Children will take home the toy they've made and a themed gift from Santa. The science theme 'colours of Christmas' will run throughout the experience and gifts.

Duration: 1 hour
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-10 December, daily from 15-23 December.
Times: 09:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 13:00, 13:45, 14:30, 15:30, 16:15, 17:00

Reindeer Round-up in Space (live, elf-led planetarium show)

Santa's Elves have lost the reindeer and are hoping to get them back before Santa and Mrs Claus find out. Clues lead to all the planets within the Solar System. With help from children and their families, can the Elves manage to round-up the reindeers in time for Christmas Eve?

This live planetarium show offers an immersive exploration of the Solar System, with a fun Christmas twist, using the incredible 360 fulldome screen.

Duration: 30 minutes
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-10 December, daily from 15-23 December.
Times: Reindeer Round-up will be presented at 11:30, 13:30, 15:40

Elf Trail

Santa’s mischievous Elves love Christmas and are keen to share the fun with all families visiting the Science Centre. Take part in an Elf Trail around the main exhibition area and see how the Science of Sport zone takes on a new role as the Elf Gym. 

This is a fun free trail that encourages exploration of the main exhibition area. 

Duration: allow 30 minutes to complete the trail although time in the exhibition is unlimited.
Dates: 1-23 December

Tickets

All-inclusive tickets include a timed visit to Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience, a choice of either the live Christmas planetarium show  or pre-recorded fulldome film and time to explore the hands-on exhibition floor and Elf Trail.

General admission tickets and planetarium show tickets can be purchased separately.

For visitors booking the Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience, Santa will be visible throughout the gift making workshop but each child will be given time to see Santa with their family individually.

Annual Pass holders all-inclusive tickets: 
Child age 0-2: £10
Child age 3-16: £16.80
Adult: £10.50

Standard all-inclusive tickets:
Child age 0-2: £10
Child age 3-16: £24.50
Adult: £21.50

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Friday 01 December
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