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Be part of the magic – Find out how to watch the live recording of the 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

  • Christmas Lectures audince members
    Credit: Paul Wilkinson

For 188 years, young people from all over the UK have poured into the famous Faraday Theatre to hear from the brilliant minds giving the annual CHRISTMAS LECTURES. Now it’s your turn to be part of history.

There are plenty of opportunities to catch the CHRISTMAS LECTURES fever. 

Ticket ballot

Your chance to be part of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES audience.

Ri Members (Fellows, Members, Associates and Faraday Members), along with UK registered schools have the exclusive opportunity to enter the ballot for tickets to see this highly coveted programme being recorded as live for broadcast on the BBC.

Tickets to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are only available to young people aged 11 to 18. All adults must be accompanied by at least one young person.

Please note: The ballot for tickets OPENS IN sEPTEMBER EACH YEAR. 

Standby tickets

What are standby tickets?

From previous experience we find that a number of people do not turn up on the day of the lecture. We therefore have some non-guaranteed standby tickets available.

We ask that standby ticket holders are patient with us on the day whilst we are finding available seats. In the unlikely circumstance that we are not able to find a seat in the theatre we offer a full refund for the ticket and a place in the screening room to watch a live transmission of the lecture. Please note that young people with standby tickets are given priority over adults with standby tickets.

Standby tickets go on sale after the main ticket ballot has finished.

Behind-the-scenes tours

Sneak into the rehearsals to see how the lectures take shape, see how the demonstrations come to life and delve into our archives to see material from your favourite year's lectures on a behind the scenes tour.

Please note: purchase of a tour ticket does not include entry to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Screening room - live feed

These tickets allow you to watch a live feed from the recording in theatre on a big screen in one of our beautiful libraries. Unlike the tickets for the theatre, there are no age restrictions so everyone can join in. These tickets are also popular with adults who are bringing young people to the main event, but want to enjoy a drink from our bar and cafe during the show.

Watch again...

Watch past CHRISTMAS LECTURES series for free and in full on the Ri Channel.

Information for ticket holders

Become a member

Benefit from free and better than half-price tickets, special offers and access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES ticket ballot.

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