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    Christmas at W5
    Selected dates from 30 November until 23 December

    This Christmas at W5, join us for some magical family-fun! Check out our range of exciting events taking place.

    Our Christmas events are FREE with general admission to W5. Pre-booking your general admission is strongly recommended.

    Santa Street

    Feel the magic of Christmas come to life at W5 with a seasonal visit to ‘Santa Street’.

    On a wander through a narrow laneway you will discover a series of charming, seasonal window displays, twinkling lights, Christmas characters and incredible seasonal scents and smells.

    No Christmas experience would be complete without meeting the ‘Jolly Old Elf’ himself. So we suggest you have your biggest smile ready as Santa is waiting to say hello and pose for a photo with you and your family!

    Running selected dates from Saturday 30 November – Monday 23 December. Click here for full info & times.

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    Winter Freeze - Lecture Theatre Show

    Take a deep breath and come with us on a journey to the nether world of low temperature as we discover just how low we can go with a series of science demonstrations so cool, they're absolutely freezing!

    By exploiting the laws that govern liquids and gases we can make a kettle boil at room temperature or shrink a balloon then watch it expand till it almost goes pop. And as if that's not enough, we can also touch a cloud, make it snow and hammer a bendy blu-tac nail into solid wood! Oh, and finally, but strictly for fun, you can meet the W5 Bubble Monster!

    Running on weekends from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 December and also on Monday 23 December. Please see staff on arrival for show times. Click here to find out more.

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    Climbit at Christmas

    As the days get darker and the nights get longer our iconic climbing exhibit at the centre of our building is coming to life with dancing northern lights, projected snowflakes and an enchanting icy glow. Let the Christmas climb begin!

    Open daily until Monday 23 December. Please note, Climbit closes 30 minutes before closing time and is suitable for children aged 3 to 16 years. Click here to find out more.

    Family Drop-in Sessions

    Christmas Chromatography

    Come along and unleash your inner artist at our Christmas paper-chromatography event as you discover a hidden mix of seasonal colours! Will you craft a rainbow snowflake or a festive Christmas bauble to take home to hang on your tree? Or maybe some multi-coloured Christmas lights! Let your imagination run wild with some Santa approved Science.

    Santa Circuits

    Spotlight some Christmas magic this year as you use our Santa circuits to illuminate our Christmas lights. Will you create connections and circuits that dazzle your family and friends with our festive mix of lights, switches, wires and batteries. Come along and light up the room!

    Christmas Origami

    Join us and celebrate Christmas the Japanese way by turning paper into penguins, reindeer and other seasonal favourites using the ancient art of origami. With its geometric shapes and mathematical precision origami is the perfect mix of science and art. This activity is suitable for all ages and abilities. At Christmas, paper isn’t just for wrapping.

    Please note, these drop in sessions will run on selected dates from Saturday 30 November to Monday 23 December. Click here to find out more.


    Floor Shows

    Science Mysteries of Christmas

    Christmas – we all know it’s not just toys, turkey and tinsel. There’s cheer, merriment and goodwill besides. But most of all, Christmas is a time of mystery and wonder. For instance, ever wondered how Santa gets around the world so quickly on Christmas Eve? And how exactly does he manage to squeeze himself down a narrow chimney? Join us as we look at these and other Christmas conundrums and propose just a few scientific solutions of our own?

    Merry Sniffmas

    Christmas is a feast for all the senses and here at W5 we think nothing evokes Crimbo more than a good whiff of spiced apple and old socks. Well, maybe not the socks but how about Brussels sprouts and gingerbread? Or cinnamon and candle smoke? What’s your favourite seasonal scent? Test your olfactory nerves and remember Christmases gone by with our bespoke test of Christmas smells. Do you know your cranberry from your clove? Don’t ignore your nose this Christmas. Join us and have a very Merry Sniffmas.

    Please note, these floor shows will run on selected dates from Saturday 30 November to Monday 23 December. Click here to find out more.


    Christmas Opening Hours

    • Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December: 10am - 6pm
    • Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 December: 10am – 5pm
    • Thursday 5 & Friday 6 December: 10am – 7pm
    • Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December: 10am – 6pm
    • Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 December: 10am – 5pm
    • Thursday 12 & Friday 13 December: 10am – 7pm
    • Saturday 14 December: 10am – 6pm
    • Sunday 15 December: 12pm – 6pm
    • Monday 16 – Friday 20 December: 10am – 7pm
    • Saturday 21 – Monday 23 December: 10am – 6pm

    Please note W5 is closed from 24 – 26 December.

    Last admission one hour before closing. Pre-booking your general admission is strongly recommended.

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