Top Holidays in Space Tips


Thank you for visiting Holidays in Space 2021! This page currently reflects 2021 information, so check back closer to the 2022 holiday season for the most up-to-date recommendations ahead of your visit.  


A visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during Holidays in Space is the perfect way to enjoy this holiday season. Advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended December 26 through 31, as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex continues to manage attendance for guests' health and safety. Guests with daily admission are encouraged to arrive early due to the potential to reach capacity. 

The Rocket Garden fountain displays festive colors for Holidays in Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.


Minimize your entrance wait by pre-purchasing your tickets online. Bring a printed ticket, the email with the tickets attached or load them on your phone for entry (look for a QR code to know you are on the right page). We cannot scan a photo of your ticket. Upon arrival go directly to the turnstiles. Remember to wear your mask in all outdoor queues/lines, including the main entrance.


Did you know that it takes a full day to explore the visitor complex? We open at 9:00 AM every day. We welcome a large amount of visitors December 26 - 31 so all guests are encouraged to arrive early due to the potential to reach capacity.

Need some help preparing for your visit? Take a look at our Plan Your Visit page for information.

Remember: The visitor complex is protected as a federal government facility. You will go through a security screening before entering the complex. Be sure you do not have any forgotten glass juice bottles, pocket knives or pepper spray in your bags or pockets. Learn about all prohibited items here, and be sure to leave them at home.



Visit Explore Attractions on our website to help plan your day, including the suggested length of time needed at each attraction. Upon arrival, consult the Daily Schedule for show times and other important information. Don’t miss Space Shuttle Atlantis®Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® or NASA Now. All are included with admission! 

While we are not providing an extended Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, there is bus transportation to the Apollo/Saturn V Center included with daily admission. Bus transportation reservations are not required for guests visiting December 20, 2021 - January 2, 2022. Proceed to bus boarding when you are ready to go behind NASA's gates! Just check the Daily Schedule for operational hours.

Bonus Tip: If you find you did not have time to do all you wanted in one day, ask Guest Services about 2-Day Tickets or Annual Passes so you can return all year!

Holiday decor such as snowflakes grace the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Holidays in Space.


If you can, break for lunch either earlier or later than the typical 12:00 noon lunchtime to minimize wait times. Orbit Cafe offers freshly-selected salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, dessert and more. Rocket Garden Cafe offers guests a boxed lunch option. Moon Rock Cafe is also open at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Bonus Tip: You are also welcome to bring your lunch to the visitor complex. Please remember to bring your items in soft-sided coolers only.


During the holidays, you can anticipate longer lines at the visitor complex. We move the lines along as quickly as capacities allow. Many of the attractions have pre-shows on a fixed schedule that allow many guests' entry in at a time. They are well worth seeing (especially in Atlantis). Just remember we require masks in all queues and lines, regardless if they are indoor or outdoor.

Retail shops are also busier toward the end of the day, so minimize crowds by visiting early!


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has implemented new procedures to help ensure the safety of our guests and staff. Please review our Trusted Space page for the latest on mask requirements, attraction availability and sanitization practices.


Wishing you and yours a safe and wonderful holiday this season!