Life’s ‘Stunning’ Christmas Show gets Rave Reviews

A new animated show produced by Life Science Centre team, has prompted rave reviews at a special preview event.

What Santa Sees, written and produced for the planetarium with its unique domed ceiling, takes the audience on a 360-degree magical journey with Santa and his reindeer as they travel across the globe on Christmas Eve, using the stars to navigate.

Local families previewed the 10-minute show at Life Science Centre ahead of its public unveiling this Saturday (11 November).

Mum-of-four Sarah Peacock, from East Boldon said: “It was a really magical experience for little ones….and big people too! The show combines incredible visuals with a lovely story. Seeing it in the planetarium made you feel immersed in the action. Truly stunning.”

Chief Executive at Life, Linda Conlon, said, “The team has done a brilliant job developing our first in-house animated show. It’s a delightful production and as well as capturing the magic of Christmas, it introduces children to the wonders of astronomy in an entertaining way.”

What Santa Sees is part of Life’s festive package which starts Saturday 11 November.

Visitors to the science centre can also enjoy a thrilling live theatre show where fire burns underwater and ice makes water boil; turn forensic scientist to track down Secret Santa CSI-style; make Christmas tree decorations and much more.

Life’s outdoor ice rink, an established part of the festive calendar in the city, also returns to Times Square this Saturday (11 November), offering festive fun for all the family. Separate prices apply.

To kick off the opening week, Newcastle University’s figure skating club members will showcase a festive routine on the ice at 4pm on Monday, November 13.

Online booking is recommended for all festive activities at Life to avoid disappointment and for more details visit