Arrow-Leftarrow-down arrow-left-small arrow-leftarrow-right-small arrow-rightarrow-up arrowbig-left-arrowbig-right-arrowcloseFacebook Linkedin Linkedin markscroll-arrow search speech TripAdvisor TripAdvisor twitter-inlinetwitter video-iconYouTube
General News23rd September 2022

SHHHH! Kent’s biggest Christmas secret revealed

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 secret. For the first time this Christmas, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust (CHDT) has been granted special permission to reveal this classified information.

On selected dates between Saturday 25 November until Sunday24 December join a magical, interactive journey into Santa’s substation, hidden deep in the Historic Dockyard and uncover the secrets of how every child is found each Christmas Eve.

Mission Christmas is a new Christmas experience unique to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The family friendly experience, created within the historic Mast Houses and Mould Loft, takes children into a secret location used by Father Christmas, his reindeer and his elves as a navigation centre to plot the locations of any child not at home on Christmas Eve. Father Christmas will task children with a special mission to make sure each “good” child receives their Christmas gift on the most important night of the year.

CHDT would like to warn those wishing to enter the secret substation that it’s heavily protected by magic. Only those with true Christmas spirit will be permitted through the gates.

In addition to the Mission Christmas experience the Mess Deck Restaurant will be open, serving festive food and drinks. The shop will be stocked with Christmas gifts and handmade products from the Master Ropemakers.

Olivia Horner, Commercial Director, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said: “We are very excited to be opening The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Christmas. We have developed a brand new, unique experience for families to come together and enjoy during the festive period. The Dockyard has been a secret substation for Father Christmas for over four centuries and, after much consultation with the man himself, he has granted us special permission to share this big secret for the first time this year.”

Please note: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, including its ships, galleries and exhibitions, will not be open to the public during December. Visitors will only be able to experience the “Mission Christmas” event. Mission Christmas is a separately ticketed event and not included in an annual ticket.

Sign up to our newsletter