Cosmic Christmas

Dates: 3rd December to 24th December 2022 Weekends and school holidays
Location: Planetarium, Science Theatre and Science Centre
Duration: 45 minute experience, 20 minute science show and as long as you like to explore the Science Centre
Tickets: Adult £25; Child £29; under 3 £14; annual member adult £10; annual member child £14; carers free

Limited tickets available - grab yours now!

This festive season join Santa in Cosmic Christmas, a brand-new immersive family adventure.

Hidden in an intergalactic wonderland there’s a Christmas space tale waiting to be told. Join Santa and watch as he recreates the story of his epic first mission to the International Space Station. Get set for a 45-minute live-action performance in the Planetarium auditorium. Join in with Santa and Aster, the intergalactic planetary elf, as the story is brought to life through immersive experiences, live science and an out-of-this-world journey through space.

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa has one more stop to make. He embarks on a cosmic journey with Aster. They’re on a mission to deliver presents to the astronauts on the International Space Station.

Discover the adventures of Santa and Aster as they make their way through the Solar System. Watch as magical immersive experiences and exciting science surprises bring Santa’s words to life. What adventures did Santa get up to on his way to the International Space Station? Let’s find out together this Christmas.

More information about Cosmic Christmas

Cosmic Christmas is a 45-minute live-action immersive performance. There will be audience participation which may be loud and the show will use immersive elements.

All children who have a full price ticket will have a seat in the auditorium and will receive a gift as part of the experience. Babes in arms are free but will not receive a gift unless a ticket is purchased for them. Santa will narrate the experience but, due to his busy Christmas schedule, there will not be an opportunity for a meet and greet.

Tickets also include entry to the Science Centre's two floors of interactive exhibits and Space Station Science activites. Find out if you’ve got what it takes to live and work in space. Our space commanders are on the lookout for new recruits to join them at the Space Station Science Training Academy. Are you ready to start your mission to space? Join the space commanders as they delve into the secrets of space travel in Blast Off, a brand-new free live show. Stop off in the Earth:Lab to learn how to mine for space rocks to graduate from the Academy. Get your hands on some real moon rock in the Space Garage. And find out if you have the skills and determination to work in space in Science Live.

How to book

Your booking includes a magical adventure through space with Santa in Cosmic Christmas, entry to the Science Centre where you will be able to enjoy two floors of interactive exhibits and explosive live show, Blast Off. Your show times are linked to the time you choose to arrive. Simply look below to find out what shows times are linked to the different arrival slots and pick the one that suits you. Once you enter the booking process all you'll need to do is select the arrival time you prefer, your show times are automatically linked to this selection. You can freely explore the Science Centre outside of these show times for as long as you like.

Accessibility information for Cosmic Christmas

***On Friday 23rd December a British Sign Language interpreter will be signing during the 10.10am and 1.40pm shows. Talk to our Accessibility team so we can reserve a seat for you near the front.***

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3rd to 11th December

9:20am arrival time: 10:10am Cosmic Christmas experience; 12:30pm Blast Off science show

9:40am arrival time: 10:10am Cosmic Christmas experience; 1:30pm Blast Off science show

10am arrival time: 10:30am Blast Off science show; 11:30am Cosmic Christmas experience

10:20am arrival time: 11:30am Cosmic Christmas experience; 2:30pm Blast Off science show

10:40am arrival time: 11:30am Blast Off science show; 1:40pm Cosmic Christmas experience

11am arrival time: 1:40pm Cosmic Christmas experience; 3:30pm Blast Off science show


Additional shows from 16th to 24th December

11:40am arrival time: 1:30pm Blast Off science show; 3pm Cosmic Christmas experience

12pm arrival time: 3pm Cosmic Christmas experience; 4:30pm Blast Off science show (excluding 24th December)