We're very excited to have Santa and the elves paying us another visit this year! Join us for a Christmas experience like no other and spark curiosity in your little ones with this fun-filled festive family day out!
Experience the magical setting of our Christmas grotto and meet Father Christmas. Children and their families will take part in a 45-minute relaxed workshop with Santa and his magnificent master elf. There'll be the chance to make your very own Christmas cracker (complete with science gift!), meet Santa and take home a present.
Make the most of your visit. See our Things To Do page to discover all there is to enjoy at Winchester Science Centre!
Please ensure you are at the meeting point 10 minutes before your time slot.
Our quiet Santa's Grotto sessions are designed for children with sensory sensitivities and their families. As well as meeting Santa, children will experience some fun science demos (with no loud bangs) and take part in Christmas crafting and sensory activities.
Whilst visitors are welcome to book any grotto time, these relaxed sessions are dedicated for those who may struggle in a busy environment.
Quiet Grotto times are:
Saturday 7 December: 16:35
Friday 20 December: 10:05 (This follows Quiet Hour at the Science Centre from 08:30 - 09:30 and a relaxed planetarium screening at 09:20)
Dino Discovery with the World of Dinosaur Roar!
The excitement won't end at your Santa encounter! Prepare to immerse your family in dinosaur exploration this Christmas at Winchester Science Centre! Dino Discovery features imaginative storytelling and activities brought to you by the owners of popular children’s book series The World of Dinosaur Roar! Experience a fantastic dinosaur-themed live science show, take part in a huge dino dig to find creatures from the past and handle real and replica fossils. Live show and activities are included in your general admission ticket. Learn morehere.
Grotto tickets are £8 per person. Annual pass holders save 10%. Children must be supervised by at least one adult who will also require a ticket. Babies in arms go free.
Please note that Santa's Science Grotto tickets must be booked alongside General Admission to the Science Centre. Book online at least three days in advance and enjoy 25% off General Admission.
Santa's Science Grotto 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.