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For 189 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 17. All adults must be accompanied by at least one young person.

The 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES BALLOT IS NOW CLOSED. Applicants will be notified shortly if they have been successful.

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.

Thursday 11 December, 2pm
Saturday 13 December, 2pm
Saturday 13 December, 3pm
Tuesday 16 December, 3pm

Screening room - live feed

These tickets allow you to watch a live feed from the recording in the 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.

Thursday 11 December, 6.30pm
Saturday 13 December, 6pm
Tuesday 16 December, 6pm

Join now

Join the Ri today to ensure you and your loved ones don't miss out on the chance to experience the magic of this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Watch again...

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

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