At Kennedy Space Center, visitors will be (virtually) spending the holidays in space now through New Years Day. In addition to the regular fare of exhibits, displays and attractions, the Florida Space Coast complex “Holidays In Space” event will host holiday decorations, daily visits and storytelling with Santa and Mrs. Claus along with performances of favorite holiday songs by strolling carolers.
At Santa’s Launch Control Center, Santa Claus will greet guests, hear wish lists and pose for photos between the Astronaut Encounter and Robot Scouts. Elves (Kodak photographers) will snap the perfect family photo and provide prints for sale, or guests may capture the moment with their own cameras.
“The Cat in the Hat – There’s No Place Like Space” and “What the Moon is Like” are two of space-themed stories to be told by Mrs. Claus. On hand for more holiday songs including favorites like “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Let it Snow,” “Feliz Navidad,” and many more, carolers will perform daily in the Rocket Garden, at the Saturn V Center, in the Space Shop.
A towering, 42-foot Christmas tree, located in the Rocket Garden, will be International Space Station-themed and feature flags from the 15 ISS partner countries. 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 the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
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