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Christmas Past event

Mission Christmas: The Clausometer Catastrophe

25 Nov - 24 Dec 2023


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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.

Voted as one the “best festive days out in the UK” by The Guardian.

Book early to avoid disappointment


Mission Christmas: The Clausometer Catastrophe is open on selected dates between Saturday 25 November and Sunday 24 December.

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.

Aged 16 and over


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What’s Included?

  • A guided 45-minute Christmas story with interactive activities
  • A private meet and greet with Father Christmas for you and your group
  • 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

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!

Mission Christmas at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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.

Visitors with specific needs

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.

Standard admission charges apply to all visitors; however, admission for accompanying carers or personal assistants is free of charge (1 carer per ticket holder).

Quiet Sessions

We will be offering four 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 (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Sunday 10th December – 5.45pm (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Monday 18th December – 6.15pm (FULLY BOOKED)

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.

Mission Christmas at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Voted as one the “best festive days out in the UK” by The Guardian

“I have to say it’s the best experience we have took the kids too, it’s very interactive and has the kids giggling and helping the whole way, and Father Christmas himself was so engaging and fun. I highly recommend going it’s really worth the money.”

Feedback via Facebook, December 2023

“We went today, absolutely loved it. Really well thought out and fun for all the family. Would highly recommended.”

Feedback via Facebook, December 2023

“We took the boys (5 and 7) yesterday. They loved it and got really involved. All of the Crew were amazing and Father Christmas was lovely. The group was small enough that all the children were able to be involved. The gifts were good quality too. All in all a good experience – thank you.”

Feedback via Facebook, December 2023

“Went yesterday with kids (8 and 4) and all of us didn’t like it… we loved it! Brilliant Christmas experience with always friendly and cheerful staff of Chatham Dockyard. We had a lot of fun and joy! Also, hot chocolate is not just creative decorated, but also very tasty!”

“We had a lovely time! All the staff were amazing and made us feel very welcome. Well done to everyone at the dockyard.”

“It was such a nice experience and really enjoyed it. My son is only 16 months old but having the open space and lots to see/touch was really beneficial for him.”

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