Celebrate holiday sights and sounds as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex presents the second annual “Holidays in Space” through January 1. The Visitor Complex is adorned with a stunning array of holiday decorations and feature daily visits and storytelling with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as heartwarming performances of favorite holiday songs by strolling carolers.
Santa Claus greets guests, hears wish lists and poses for photos in Santa’s Launch Control Center located between Astronaut Encounter and Robot Scouts. Onsite elves, i.e., Kodak representatives, snap the perfect family photo and provide prints for sale, or guests may capture the moment with their own cameras. Mrs. Claus is on hand for some special space-themed story times for kids of all ages, including “The Cat in the Hat – There’s No Place Like Space” and “What the Moon is Like.” Due to their busy holiday schedules, Santa and Mrs. Claus are available at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. through December 24. Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus takes place at 3:30 p.m. each day. At 4 p.m. daily, Santa and Mrs. Claus make special appearances in the Space Shop.
Immersing you in the sounds of the holidays, a team of international carolers will perform traditional holiday songs including favorites like “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Let it Snow,” “Feliz Navidad,” and many more. The carolers perform daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon in the Rocket Garden, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Saturn V Center, and 4:15 p.m. in the Space Shop.
Holidays in Space wouldn’t be complete without festive space-themed décor. A towering, 42’ International Space Station-themed Christmas tree located in the Rocket Garden is adorned with warm-white bulbs, strobe lights and 600 miniature flags from the 15 ISS partner countries. The International Space Station mural just outside the Rocket Garden will be swathed in holiday candlelight. Decorative wreaths, garlands, lights, ribbons and bows throughout the Visitor Complex add to the holiday festival atmosphere.
Visitor Complex guests also can learn about the holiday traditions of each of the International Space Station (ISS) partners: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. Prior to every IMAX film, guests will have the chance to see actual images of ISS crews celebrating the holidays in space.
Those who want to remember their international holiday experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex may purchase a commemorative “2012 Holidays in Space” ornament from the Space Shop.
“Holidays in Space” is included in admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Souvenir photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are available at an additional charge. With the purchase of a Commander’s Club Annual Pass, guests may visit an unlimited number of times for a full year from date of issue. To celebrate the season, guests can purchase an annual pass a reduced rate of $55 + tax and $45 + tax for children. Guests with singled day admission may upgrade to an annual pass at a special price of $5 per person, prior to exiting Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For more information or to purchase tickets for Holidays in Space, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, featuring an actual Saturn VI rocket, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.