Christmas at Winchester Science Centre
Enjoy a festive day out
Spark your children's imagination by adding a sprinkling of space and science this Christmas with a visit to Winchester Science Centre. We are open daily throughout December, only closing on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Included in admission every weekend throughout December and during the Christmas holidays are:
ICY INVENTION STUDIO
Visit the icy Invention Studio and enjoy hands-on Christmassy activities. Try your hand making rocket sleighs, Christmas tree decorations and snowflakes - perfect festive fun to keep the whole family entertained!
Take the opportunity to experience our exciting new space zone, Explorer:Space. The huge immersive zone takes families on an epic adventure through the universe exploring everything from meteorites to stardust and robots to human space flight.
Book online in advance to save up to 25% on admission and add one of our incredible planetarium shows for just £3.50 per person.
Experience the planetarium
We have a fantastic programme of planetarium shows running throughout December, available to view here. Highlights include:
This panto-style, presenter-led show, based around Jack and the Beanstalk, is the ideal festive option. Jack's magic beans have grown into a giant beanstalk and now the giant living at the very top is not happy! Jack's mother's attempt to escape leads her on a whirlwind adventure into space where she bumps into some of Santa's reindeer who appear to have gotten lost! Families can take a journey through the Solar System in search of Rudolph and his fellow furry friends to help save Christmas.
A fulldome film ideal for all ages. Join Vladimir the polar bear and James the penguin on an exciting adventure as they try to work out why their homes have such long nights in winter. Vladimir's inventive genius and James' understanding of the scientific method eventually takes them beyond the Earth to study the planet as a whole, and to compare it to others in our solar system.
Planetarium shows are £3.50 per person when added to general admission or £6.60 for standalone tickets.
Watch your favourite festive film
Get the whole family together to enjoy a Christmas film in the exciting setting of the planetarium. This year's brilliant programme is packed full of family favourites including Elf and The Polar Express. Tickets are just £2 with general admission or £5 for film-only. Simply click on your film of choice to check dates and book:
Upgrade to the ultimate Christmas experience
Treat your family to the ultimate festive day out with a difference! The Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience combines the magic of Christmas with the excitement of science and makes for a wonderful day of family fun. Enjoy a brilliant interactive live science show featuring Jack and the beanstalk followed by an elf-led children's workshop activity and chance to meet Santa himself. Also included is Reindeer Round-up in Space, a panto-style, presenter-led planetarium show taking the audience on a journey through the Solar System in search of Rudolph and his furry friends.
We know our Christmas Experience is truly magical but you don't have to take our word for it - just have a read of one mum's excellent review of her family's experience with us.
The experience is available Saturdays and Sundays 1-16 December and daily 20-24 December. Tickets are £14 per person and must be purchased alongside general admission to the Science Centre. Find out more about the experience here.
Festive fun for the little ones
Brand new for this year is Storytime with Santa, a fun and relaxed group experience designed especially for under 5's and their families. Start the morning with a charming Little Stars sensory planetarium show full of fun and interaction followed by a magical 45-minute experience including a Christmas story told by Santa himself and an exciting live science demonstration from his Chief Elf, Magnificent.
Experience is available on 7 & 14 December at 10:30 and 11:30. The planetarium show will take place at 09:45 for both sessions. Tickets are £7.50 per person and must be purchased alongside general admission to the Science Centre.
The Winchester Science Centre team would like to wish all our visitors a very Merry Christmas and happy new year!