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Christmas Past event

Mission Christmas (Quiet Session)

09 Dec 2023

Separately Ticketed

Have you ever wondered why The Historic Dockyard Chatham closes every December? For over 400 years, Dockyard workers past and present have been keeping a heavily guarded Christmas secret.

All over the world dockyards just like ours are on high alert at Christmas time, for deep in the Historic Dockyard is a secret sub station, hidden from plain sight. Here a crew of ingenious elves are stationed, poised to jump into action should Father Christmas run into trouble with his sleigh, need some help with his Santa-Nav or carefully pin-point a child staying away from home.

This December you’re invited to step into the centre of this secret world and help Mrs Claus save Christmas from catastrophe. The elves are shy and hide from sight yet they are excited that humans will be passing through the sub station BUT some of them have been up to mischief…

Your little ones will need to master the magical skills and learn the elf code before graduating from Elf Academy and solving the mystery of the missing clausometer.

Once you’ve saved Christmas, your journey will end in a magical meeting with Father Christmas. He’ll be so pleased with the help you’ve given Mrs Claus, he’ll present your little ones with a special gift to take home.

Quiet Sessions

We will be offering three dedicated, quiet experience times that have been specially tailored for those with additional needs.

These tours operate at a reduced capacity, giving families an opportunity to enjoy Mission Christmas in a calmer environment. These sessions will have quieter music, lower lighting and the guide will go at a slower pace to reduce overloading the senses and create an experience which is accessible for all.

Book early to avoid disappointment

Quiet Session Tickets

We will be offering three dedicated, quiet experience times that have been specially tailored for those with additional needs on:

  • Saturday 25th November – 3pm (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Saturday 9th December – 6.15pm
  • Monday 18th December – 6.15pm

Prices start from £17 for a child and £14 for an adult. Prices vary depending on the date you visit.

Please note: This is a separately ticketed event and annual tickets are not valid for Mission Christmas.

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  • A guided Christmas story with interactive activities
  • A private meet and greet with Father Christmas for you and your group (Father Christmas will go at your pace, there is no hurry and he won’t be offended if you don’t want to see him)
  • A wrapped gift from Father Christmas for each child
  • One professional photograph with Father Christmas per group, with the opportunity to purchase further photographs and a special Mission Christmas storybook at the end of the experience (We understand not everyone likes having their photograph taken, please let our staff know if you would rather avoid this).

Although Mission Christmas is an indoor experience, the buildings will be at an ambient temperature, please wrap up warm and wear your best Christmas jumpers!

Eat, Drink & Shop

The Mess Deck Restaurant will be open, serving delicious festive food and steaming hot chocolates.

Our shop will be stocked with Christmas gifts including our special, handmade gift range from the Master Ropemakers.

Access information

Mission Christmas and The Historic Dockyard Chatham wishes to be fully inclusive and we make every effort to ensure that we are accessible to as many visitors as possible.

We have developed additional information that explains provisions around the site and help you plan for your visit. 








Frequently Asked Questions

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