Christmas Sounds Amazing
On weekends and school holidays from 5 to 24 December, Santa is swapping his big red coat for a lab coat as he makes a special guest appearance in our brand new free live science show, Christmas Sounds Amazing! There will also be a chance to try out some winter-themed nature activities in BIO:SPACE and experience Santa's Christmas Eve journey through the stars in our two festive Planetarium shows.
And when the presents have been opened, there’s still plenty to keep the whole family entertained from adventures through a giant guitar, outdoor nature experiments and the return of the free Sounds Like Science show from 27 December to 4 January.
*** The Science Centre will close at 2.30pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on Sunday 27 December. ***
FREE Live Science Show
Santa's sprinkled Christmas cheer all around Winchester Science Centre this year! He'll be teaming up with our Inspirers to bring to life the sounds of Christmas like you’ve never heard them before – expect bells, bangs, booms and belly laughs! Discover some of the science behind the festive cheer and find out if Santa can break the sound barrier.
Two sound sensory (SS) suitable shows are available for those with sensitivities to loud noises.
Show times are:
10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00 (SS), 12:40, 14:00, 14:40, 15:20 and 16:00 (SS).
TWO Festive Planetarium Shows
Relax in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium and enjoy some festive fun this Christmas.
Santa’s on his countdown to Christmas Eve and he's heading around the Solar System to collect some last minute essentials for his journey through the stars in Santa's Christmas Countdown, a show suitable for our youngest visitors. And in Santa's Festive Flight, which is suitable for all audiences, Santa is heading off into space to find out more about the constellations and planets - all with a festive twist!
Both shows are available as Chatterbox (C) and Relaxed (R) shows. Please see our Planetarium page for more information about these.
Show times are:
Santa's Christmas Countdown (suitable for younger visitors) - 9:30 (C), 11:00 (C), 11:45 (R), 14:00 (C), 15:30 (R)
Santa's Festive Flight (suitable for all audiences) - 10:15 (C), 13:15 (R), 14:45 (C), 16:15 (R)
Come rain, shine - or maybe even snow! - there will be lots of activities taking place both inside and outside in our nature experimentation zone. Taking inspiration from the weather there will be lots of winter-themed nature activities to spark everyone's curiosity.
Make sure you bring a coat so that you can enjoy our activities outside!
BIO:SPACE can be found behind our Gravity Run exhibit, next to the cafe and is open all day.
Post Christmas Fun - 27 December to 4 January
The fun doesn’t stop when the presents have been opened. Santa may be taking a well-earned break, but the Inspirers will be back with the return of our hugely popular Sounds Like Science free live show, where they will be delving into the science behind the sounds through fun demos and exciting audience participation.
Brand New Interactive Sound and Hearing Exhibition
Visitors throughout the whole Christmas and post Christmas period will also be able to embark on an exhilarating adventure through the Science Centre’s brand new interactive exhibition themed around sound, vibration and hearing.
Venture inside our huge 10m long playable guitar, experience the wonder of acoustics inside the sonic rocket and journey inside our giant ear to explore its inner workings. There's so much inspirational and interactive fun to be had, find out more on our New For 2020 page.
How to Book
We are currently operating a reduced capacity so all general admission, planetarium and live science show tickets, including Annual Pass visits, must be booked in advance online and will include an arrival time slot.
Make the most of your visit. See our Things To Do page to discover all there is to enjoy at Winchester Science Centre!