Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience

Santa and the elves are back at Winchester Science Centre and this time they’re joined by Jack and the beanstalk! A Christmas experience like no other with live science show inspired by the classic children’s tale, an elf-led activity, Christmas planetarium show and chance to meet Santa. Spark your children's imagination and curiosity this Christmas at this fun-filled family day out!

What's included? 

Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience includes 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 Christmas planetarium show. 

Science Show
Inspired by, and featuring, Jack and the Beanstalk - this 25-minute live science show investigates different forces to see how they can help Jack reach the very top of his beanstalk. This show features exciting experiments including dry ice, flames, whooshes and bangs!

Elf-led workshop and chance to meet Santa
In this 25-minute Jack and the Beanstalk-themed activity we invite children to grow their own Elf grass - to decorate and plant up their own mini paper plant pot to take home. Santa will be present throughout the activity allowing children to meet him first as a group before being invited to say hello in person. Children will receive a wrapped gift from Santa.

Reindeer Round-up in Space planetarium show
The elves have lost Santa’s reindeer and they need your help to find them! This fun presenter-led 30-minute planetarium show will take the audience on a journey through the Solar System in search of Rudolf and his fellow furry friends to help save Christmas. This show is included in the Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience but can also be booked with General Admission for £3.50 or £6.60 for the show only here

Please note children must be supervised by at least one adult who will also require a Christmas Experience ticket.

Dates and times

Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 16 December, daily from 20 - 24 December

Times: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30 (on selected dates). Please note the science show will start at these times; please arrive at the Centre at least 15 minutes beforehand.

Reindeer Round-up in Space planetarium show

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 16 December, daily from 20 - 24 December

Times: 11:10, 12:10 (relaxed show), 13:50 and 15:30


Adults: Adults taking part in the Christmas Experience must purchase a ticket. Children must be supervised by at least one adult and cannot attend the Christmas Experience on their own.

Carers: Visitors with disabilities pay standard rates but may bring a carer/companion with them free of charge where this is required to enable access. This also includes Gateway Card holders. Carers must present one form of carer identification (further details available here).Please reserve a free carer ticket at time of booking. A carer ticket is required to enter the Christmas Experience.

Foster carers: General admission to the Science Centre is free for the whole family, simply bring your foster carer card and show this at reception. This offer does not apply to the Christmas Experience. To book the Christmas Experience please call 01962 863 791. 

Group bookings: groups are welcome but must book online and pay in full at time of booking. 

Age suitability: the experience has been designed to be enjoyable for children age 3 years and above. Children under 3 years may prefer to attend Storytime with Santa.

Babies: a young baby that has to be carried can be admitted free of charge and does not require a ticket.

Parking: please visit our Parking Information page.

Accessibility: please visit our Accessibility page for general information about the Centre as well as specific information about the Christmas experience.


Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience tickets must be purchased alongside General Admission tickets. Book online at least three days in advance and enjoy 25% off General Admission.

Tickets for Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience are £14 per person and include the science show/Santa experience and planetarium show. Annual pass holders save 10%. Reindeer Round-up in Space planetarium show tickets can also be purchased separately.


Please note the following sessions are fully booked:

  • ALL sessions on Saturday 22 December
  • ALL sessions on Sunday 23 December
  • ALL sessions on Monday 24 December

There is limited availability for the following sessions:

  • 10:30 on Thursday 20 December
  • 10:30 on Friday 21 December







Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience is a fundraising event for Winchester Science Centre, registered charity number 294582, to allow us to continue delivering our mission of building science capital for all and sparking curiosity in young people. 

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