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Christmas at Life Science Centre

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Come back soon to find out more about Christmas 2020 at Life Science Centre.

Ice Skating at Life is cancelled for the 2020/21 season: Life Science Centre will not be running its outdoor ice rink this year due to ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

Details and dates on this listing are a guide and information will be updated in due course. Please also be aware that due to the unprecedented events of 2020, any events that do take place, may not be the same as in previous years.

Make magical memories this Christmas at Newcastle's popular family attraction, Life Science Centre from Saturday 9 November - Sunday 5 January. Explore winter skies, create 3D decorations to take home, enjoy festive science demos, meet Santa and skate on the outdoor ice rink - just some of the things you can enjoy at Life this Christmas!

Skating at Life

Experience a winter wonderland with even the promise of a little snow in Times Square for the return of Life's ever-popular ice rink. The seasonal ice rink now in its 19th year at Life Science Centre is the only open-air ice rink in Newcastle and Gateshead this Christmas and a perennial favourite for families looking for a festive day out.

Tickets for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve are already selling fast, so make sure you get your skates on and book online in advance so you don't miss out.

Festive Fun inside the Science Museum

The festive fun will continue inside the science centre, with videos of yuletide greetings from astronauts, a Christmas sparkler or five gold rings of smoke special ending to its Science Theatre show and even a chance to make the all important ink for that personal handmade touch when you write your letters to Santa.

Father Christmas will return to his rink-side grotto at Life from 30 November. Book a visit to Santas magical grotto. Mr Claus will be at Life Science Centre every weekend in December, as well as Monday 23 December.

Science Centre Highlights

  • Create 3D Christmas decorations or code your own Christmas tree light patterns in the Making Studios.
  • Grab your lab coat and investigate fake snow or make your own ink to write a letter to Santa in the Experiment Zone.**
  • Be wowed by our science buskers with their tinsel tricks and festive demos.
  • Explore deepest darkest space and winter skies in the new Space Zone and see Christmas messages from astronauts.

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