Small Space Santa Special

20 December 2019

Come along and enjoy songs, stories, games and the whole Centre for the under 5s to explore.


Book now to meet Santa

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

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


Meet Santa, visit the grotto and take a gift home! Additional ticket required


Experience an exclusive planetarium show included with your day ticket


Enjoy songs, stories, games and activities throughout the whole Centre

Santa Sessions

Santa Session

Add a SANTA SESSION to your day pass to meet Father Christmas!

A Santa Session ticket includes a visit to the Grotto and an age appropriate gift.

These tickets are valid with a day ticket to the Centre. Remember, your Annual Pass is valid for Small Space Santa Special and all children under 5 are FREE.

Planetarium Shows

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.

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 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!

10:20, 11:00, 11:40, 13:00, 13:40, 14:55


An immersive fulldome show celebrating the Apollo Space programme. Take a seat in the UKs largest Planetarium to see this brand-new show.

From the National Space Centre based multi award-winning fulldome show producers comes ‘CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story’. CAPCOM GO! showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

12:20, 14:20, 15:30


Mrs Claus Storytime

Join Mrs Claus in the sensory story area for a selection of Christmas stories.

Reindeer Hats

Looking for a special Christmas outfit to wear? Take a seat and make your very own Rudolph, complete with bright colourful nose and googly eyes!

Paint and Take Wooden Tree Decorations

Time for some tiny hands to get creative and make a special Christmas decoration to take home and display on your tree.

Sing-along Snow Time Sensory Party

Time to dance and play in the snow. Lights, snow, bubbles and music all turn this into an out of this world sensory experience for the Christmas season.

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 a BUGGY PARK space available for you to leave your push chairs and prams.

PLEASE NOTE – this space is not supervised.



– What age is Small Space Santa Special Suitable for?

This is a toddler event, so it is suitable for children aged 2-5. However, children younger than this may enjoy the sensory elements and children older than this will also enjoy visiting the Centre and the exhibition.

– Is this event suitable for groups and schools?

No. As the day is planned around small children and parents, we do not encourage or take group bookings. Please see our EDUCATION pages to see other programmes that will be more suitable for you.

– Can I use my Annual Pass?

Yes. This is not a Premium Event. Please be aware that additional tickets are required to take part in a Santa Session.

– Would Small Space be suitable for a child with disabilities?

Yes. The event is aimed at providing a safe and educational space for all those looking to develop skills through play. We include many opportunities throughout the day, where children and parents can drop in and drop out at their leisure. We do not take large school or group bookings, so this is a special day for smaller children, or those who need a quieter and gentler pace to enjoy the Centre.

– Is this day suitable for just adults?

No. The Centre is hosting this event for small children and their families. The galleries will be busy with children’s activities and you will not get the best experience. Please do look at our Space Lates events which are aimed at ages 12+.

– Can I drop my child off with you?

No. All activities are open for children to participate in, but they must be supervised by a parent, grandparent or guardian at all times.

– Can I cancel my Santa Session and get a refund?

No, all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you would like to alter the timing of your ticket, please contact