The Santa Claus Mission takes off for Christmas

Set to take off for its third year, the spectacular space pantomime was created by BNL Productions to immerse visitors to the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium in the festive spirit.

With Marzipan the Elf, visitors to the event will be able to help save Santa Claus from interior mission control during an immersive and theatrical show.

The thrilling experience includes access to an exclusive dome show, titled ‘The Alien Who Stole Christmas’.

Mission Santa lifts off at Armagh Planetarium

The show will be presented in the magic theater of the starry dome and each child present will receive a gift and a printed family photo.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium Education and Outreach Manager Sinéad Mackle said: “Following the resounding success of Mission Santa in 2019 and 2021, we are delighted to welcome visitors to the 2022 event.

“This enchanting adventure captures the magical essence of Christmas in a unique experience, harnessing the wonders of space and the drama in a live theatrical spectacle.

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“The high demand for tickets over the past few years has made Mission Santa a must-attend festive event that kids and adults alike won’t forget.”

Mission Santa lasts 90 minutes and will take place every Saturday and Sunday from November 19 to December 23.

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.

There are also a number of relaxed shows and school bookings are available.

Tickets cost £20 per child and £18 per adult.

There are also a host of other shows, tours and events taking place at the planetarium over the coming months.

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