There is less than one month to go until Christmas Day, which means parents up and down the country will be busy buying presents and preparing for Santa’s arrival. It is also important to have a think about what to do with the kids during the school holidays, so they don’t get bored and irritable while they’re high on sugar and sweets!
Here are some exciting festive events museums around the UK are putting on this year that are well worth taking a look at.
- Victorian Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands
Families in the capital this Christmas might want to head to the Museum of London Docklands to experience what the seasonal holiday would have been like more than 100 years ago with its Victorian Santa’s Grotto.
Its display cabinets will be filled with historic Christmas decorations, while you will be able to listen to traditional Victorian carols as you wait to visit St Nicholas himself.
In keeping with the Victorian theme, visitors to the museum can enjoy A Docklands Christmas Carol. This immersive theatrical event entails actors telling the story of Scrooge and his ghosts while museum attendees get involved in the drama.
- Christmas at Beamish, The Living Museum of The North
If learning about Christmases in days gone by interests you, why not head to Beamish, the Living Museum of the North? Here, you will discover how the Yuletide celebrations have changed from Georgian times till the 1950s.
This open-air museum in County Durham is different from any other, as it has been transformed into towns and villages from different eras. Until Christmas Eve, visitors will not only be able to discover how England used to look through the decades, but also how the festive holiday was celebrated during these different periods.
There will be an ice rink, a fairground, a 1950s-themed Christmas party in its Welfare Hall with games, crafts and music, and a festive bazaar from the 1900s selling traditional food, decorations and knick-knacks from the Victorian times.
Of course, no Christmas event would be complete without a Santa’s Grotto, and kids can discover an old-fashioned Father Christmas for £6 a ticket.
- A Dickensian Christmas on Kirkgate
Still on the historical theme, York is another place to visit if you want to experience an old-fashioned Christmas. This year, York Castle Museum will capture the magic of the season with its Victorian-themed event.
A Dickensian Christmas on Kirkgate will see the museum’s Victorian street transformed with festive decorations from the period. It will also celebrate Charles Dickens’ famous books with Oliver Twist characters, as well as Ebenezer Scrooge, wandering the marketplace.
There will be traditional Victorian choirs performing, a Punch and Judy show, and festive displays in keeping with the era.
Head of public programming at York Castle Museum Jo Killeya said: “Together with carols by community choirs, the wonderfully decorated street and of course the chance to meet Father Christmas, we hope people will come and soak up the Victorian sights, sounds and traditions which helped shape how we celebrate Christmas today.”
The event comes to an end on Christmas Eve and includes two immersive performances of An Evening with Ebenezer Scrooge on December 16th and 20th.
- Blacker’s Santa at The Museum Of Liverpool
Should you be in the north-west this Christmas, why not head to the Museum of Liverpool to see the original Blacker’s Santa?
This giant Father Christmas, measuring more than five metres tall, once belonged to Blacker’s department store between 1957 and 1988 and has since been lovingly restored and put on display at the city’s museum.
Over 10,000 people used to visit the iconic department store in Liverpool a week to see the giant Santa and head to its spectacular Winter Wonderland Grotto. However, when it closed in the 1980s, he was put out of service for more than 20 years.
Now, Christmas fans can be reunited with the statue as he has been restored to his full glory and placed in the exhibition centre until January 9th.
The museum is also putting on festive lunches and craft activities, as well as showcasing Yuletide pieces from its collection of objects.
- The Gingerbread City at the Museum of Architecture
Children – and adults – who love constructing things and finding out how things are erected will want to head to the Museum of Architecture at Somerset House between December 7th and January 5th.
This is because the museum is hosting its annual Gingerbread City exhibition, where a model metropolis has been built entirely out of gingerbread.
“The aim of the exhibition is to connect the public with architecture through an innovative display designed for the holiday season,” a museum spokesperson stated.
By visiting the event, attendees can help raise money for the museum’s programming and exhibitions in the future.