Tickets now on sale for unique Christmas experience at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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Santa and his elves are back at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium and this time they are joined by Jack and the beanstalk! A Christmas experience like no other with a live science show inspired by the classic children’s tale, an elf-led activity, Christmas planetarium show and chance to meet Santa, tickets are expected to sell quickly.

The Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience unites the magic of Christmas with the excitement of science, promising a fun-filled family day out this festive season. The experience comprises two main events, an hour-long Santa and science experience – live science show, elf-led children’s activity and chance to meet Santa – and a 30-minute Reindeer Round-up in Space planetarium show.

The live science show, inspired by and featuring Jack and the Beanstalk, investigates different forces as the audience try and help Jack reach the very top of his beanstalk. The elf-led workshop that follows gives children the opportunity to take part in a themed activity and meet Santa, who gives each child a wrapped gift. Reindeer Round-up in Space is a fun presenter-led planetarium show taking the audience on a journey through the Solar System in search of Rudolph and his furry friends to help save Christmas. The show is included in the Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience but can also be booked with General Admission or as a standalone planetarium show.

“We want to capture children’s imagination and spark their curiosity in science,” said Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. “Christmas is a great opportunity for us to reach children through storytelling and fun, and introduce them to science in a way that is unexpected, exciting and memorable. Through science we can bring the magic of Christmas to life and of course, Father Christmas and the elves are on hand to help! This is an experience that children and adults can enjoy together and hopefully when they leave they’ll be talking about more than just what’s on Santa’s Christmas list.”

Brand new at Winchester Science Centre this year is Storytime with Santa, a special experience that has been designed especially with the Centre’s youngest visitors in mind. Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Santa and Magnificent, Santa’s Master Elf, for a Christmas story read by Santa himself and a live science demonstration from Magnificent. This fun and relaxed group experience lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes a gift for children.

Throughout December, visitors can also experience their favourite Christmas films in the exciting setting of the planetarium. Winchester Science Centre’s Kids’ Christmas Cinema programme includes the likes of Elf, The Polar Express, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Arthur Christmas. The festive film screenings can be enjoyed for as little as £2 per person with General Admission; film-only tickets cost £5.

Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience sessions run at 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-16 December and daily from 20-24 December. Tickets are £14 per person and must be purchased alongside General Admission; book online at least three days in advance and save 25% on admission. Annual Pass holders save 10%. The Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience is a fundraising event for Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, registered charity № 294582.

Storytime with Santa sessions take place on 7 and 14 December at 10:30 and 11:30. Tickets are £7.50 per person and must be purchased alongside General Admission; Annual Pass holders save 10%. Storytime with Santa is a fundraising event for Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, registered charity № 294582.