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‘Mission Santa’ blasts off for Christmas adventure at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

Mission Santa

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is on a quest to help your little ones experience an out of this world Christmas.

Its ‘Mission Santa’ adventure is ready for launch.

Returning for its second year, this enchanting space pantomime has been created by BNL Productions, especially for guests who visit the Planetarium this festive season.

Visitors will have the chance to help save Santa inside mission control during an immersive and theatrical show, with the assistance of his side kick Marzipan the Elf to help complete Mission Santa! Enjoy a visit from the man himself in his custom-built spaceship sleigh!

This curious adventure will include the unique dome show, “The Alien Who stole Christmas” showcased in the star dome theatre. Each child will receive a present and a printed family photography keepsake.

Sinead Mackle, Education and Outreach Manager at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium said: “Due to the demand and sell out shows in 2019, we are delighted that ‘Mission Santa’ is returning for a second year. It’s a truly magical experience that brings the wonder of Christmas to life in a way that we didn’t know was possible. Incorporating the marvels of space into the theatrical show gives children and families a memorable experience. The festive season is synonymous with an annual outing to the Panto or a show, and Mission Santa is something unique.”

Sinead adds: “There was such a high demand for the shows in 2019 that we had to put on extra dates which was very encouraging. We were unable to run the show in 2020 due the pandemic, but this year, the show is bigger and better than ever!”

Each mission will last up to 90 minutes, every Saturday and Sunday from November 20 – December 23. Pre-Booking is essential as places are limited.

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