Small Space Santa Special 2018

21 December 2018

Join us for a very special pre-Christmas Small Space day, including a visit from a very jolly chap en route from the North Pole!


Book online for this fantastic event!

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Combining stories, songs and trails, this is a fun and interactive way for young children to continue their early educational development.

Our friends at NORAD are getting ready to track Santa as he heads off, delivering gifts to all the children around the world.

He will be making a scheduled stop at the National Space Centre for a special Small Space day for all our youngest astronauts and bringing a very special guest with him… Mrs Claus!

Come along and enjoy a special Christmas Small Space Day, with songs, stories, games and the whole Centre for the under 5s to enjoy.


Book now to see Santa

If you want to drop in to see Santa or Mrs Claus, tickets are available in advance below. You will need a ticket to the National Space Centre to access the Grotto, but you can use your Annual Pass (just turn up on the day), or upgrade to a FREE Annual Pass when you book online (click the BOOK button at the top of the page)

Santa’s Grotto

Meet Mrs Claus, who will take you on your magical journey to meet Santa. Sit down for a special Christmas story with Mrs Claus, then head off to meet the man himself for a photo, before getting your gift from our Space Elves.

£10 (including a professional photo print and gift)

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Christmas Crafts

Time for some tiny hands to get creative and make a special Christmas crafts to take home.

Sing-a-Long Snow Time Sensory Party

Time to dance and play in the snow. Lights, snow, bubbles and music all turn this into a sensory spectacular for the Christmas season.

Fun and Games

Join our Mission Commanders for games time in LIVE Space. Learn and develop through tactile play.

Christmas Story Time

Find a space and sit down for a special story time session. Take an adventure with Santa and discover a brilliant surprise.

Remember, your Annual Pass is valid for Small Space Santa Special and all children under 5 are FREE

Planetarium show

All day tickets include a fulldome planetarium show on your first visit.

For Small Space day we have two shows to choose from, including a very special show, created for toddlers to enjoy.

Astronaut George show

Which is the best planet to live on? What dangers will he find?

But most importantly – will he find any alien friends to play with? Find out in this inter-planetary adventure!

We Are Stars

Narrated by Andy Serkis

Discover what we are made of, where we come from and connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe.

One show is included in your first visit. If you would like to add a second show, you can purchase additional tickets for £3 per person from the ticket desk.

Astronaut George Trail

Astronaut George is travelling around our Solar System looking for samples that he can bring home, but he has run out of magic words to get his rocket to work… Can you help Astronaut George get home safely?


A tiny planetarium has been created, where Astronaut George can tell young visitors all about the planets in our Solar System.

Dressing-up trail

Time to become a scientist, an astronaut, or even an alien!

Buggy park

To help keep the galleries clear and to allow you to enjoy all the spaces, we have two buggy park spaces available for you to leave your push chairs and prams.

PLEASE NOTE: this space is not supervised.

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