London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

 

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Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum in London is the world's most important collection of material relating to the great Victorian novelist and social commentator.

 

The only surviving London home of Dickens (from 1837 until 1839) was opened as a Museum in 1925 and is still welcoming visitors from all over the world in an authentic and inspiring surrounding.

 

Each year, the Museum provides a unique and enchanting glimpse into how the festive season was celebrated by the great Victorian author, with the historic interiors transformed into a true embodiment of Christmas Past.

 

9-16 December 2017, 15.00, 18.00
Dickens's Christmas Books Performed by James Swanton
£22.00 (includes Museum visit)
This December, the Charles Dickens Museum presents you with a rare opportunity to experience all five of the Christmas Books, not only A Christmas Carol, but The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man.

 

Presented in the traditional fashion of Dickens’s own public readings, these exquisite fantasies are a unique entertainment. Their words unlock a world teeming with goblin-infested bells, with dark and shadowy doubles, with angelic insects, war-torn phantoms, and Ghosts of Christmases Past and Present and Yet To Come. They are the true fairy-tales of the Victorian age – and tales for our age as well, blazing as they are with Dickens’s undimmed social conscience.
Lasts approximately 60 minutes.
Suitable for ages 12 and over.

 

10, 17 December 2017, 10.00, 10.45, 11.30
Christmas Housemaid's Tour
Adults £18.00 (concessions available), Children £14.00
Step back in time to Christmas 1838…

Dickens and his young family are out enjoying the festivities and during their absence, the housemaid is up to no good ...

 

Whilst they are attending a Christmas Ball at the home of Ms Burdett-Coutts, their housemaid takes a break from her many duties and invites you to step through the original door of 48 Doughty Street and discover the secrets of the esteemed young writer and his growing family.

 

Walk in the footsteps of the celebrated young author as you enjoy an exclusive tour of Dickens’s ‘house in town’ filled with festive greenery, authentic Victorian fayre and the scent of citrus and spice.


13 December 2017, 15.00
Charles Dickens and Christmas with Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
£15.00
Join Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and discover how her great great great grandfather helped to influence the way Christmas is celebrated today. In her new book Dickens and Christmas Lucinda looks at how the festive season changed during Dickens’s lifetime, from 1812-1870, and how his Christmas books and stories captured the public imagination and began a renewed fervour for all things Christmassy. 

 

14, 21 December 2017, 18.00
Christmas Late Openings
£12.00
Join us for an exclusive evening at the Charles Dickens Museum. Enjoy the opportunity to explore Dickens’s home, dressed lavishly for Christmas, as darkness falls. In addition to exploring Dickens's home, you will be treated to some late night carols and choral singing from the fantastic choir from Goodenough College. Once you've explored to your heart's content, stop by our candlelight bar to indulge in a well-deserved tipple or two to complete an idyllic December evening.

 

17-21, 27-30 December 2017, 15.00, 18.00
A Christmas Carol performed by Dominic Gerrard
£22.00 (includes Museum visit)
Actor Dominic Gerrard returns to re-live Dickens's classic narrative once again. This story will transport you, stave by stave, through Scrooge’s life as he journeys out, one bleak Christmas night, with the ghosts that have been sent to reclaim him ...
The reading lasts approximately 70 minutes.
Suitable for ages 12 and over.

 

22 December 2017, 15.00, 18.00
A Christmas Carol with Professor Michael Slater
£15.00 (includes Museum visit)
Back by popular demand, the great Professor Michael Slater MBE will bring A Christmas Carol to life with wit and panache.

 

A much-loved annual festive treat, highly recommended by all at the Museum and the many visitors who return to experience it each year. If you are yet to hear Michael Slater bring the great works of Dickens to life, this is your chance.
The reading lasts approximately 70 minutes.
Suitable for ages 9 and over.

 

23 December 2017, 10.30-18.30
Christmas Books Marathon Performed by James Swanton
£75.00-£85.00 (includes seasonal refreshments, museum visit and an anthology of Dickens's Christmas stories)
This December, the Charles Dickens Museum are thrilled to present you with a marathon event: performances of all five of Dickens's Christmas stories over the course of a single day, in chronological order from A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth and The Battle of Life through to The Haunted Man

 

Presented in the traditional fashion of Dickens’s own public readings, these exquisite fantasies are a unique entertainment. Their words unlock a world teeming with goblin-infested bells, dark and shadowy doubles, angelic insects, war-torn phantoms, and Ghosts of Christmases Past and Present and Yet To Come. They are the true fairy-tales of the Victorian age – and tales for our age as well, blazing as they are with Dickens’s undimmed social conscience.
Each performance lasts approximately 60 minutes.
Suitable for ages 12 and over.

 

24 December 2017, 10.00
A Very Dickensian Christmas Eve
Adults £18.00, Children £10.00 (includes a drink and mince pie)
Take a step back in time this Christmas Eve with a visit to the enchanting Charles Dickens Museum.

Enjoy warming mulled cider and indulge in traditional mince pies in the family home of the great Victorian author.

 

The Museum will be filled with festive greenery, authentic Victorian fayre and the scent of citrus and spice. Let yourself be transported to a bygone era as you are entertained by a live performer - none other than a Dickens descendant Ollie Dickens himself and choral singing from the enchanting Goodenough College choir and seasonal music.

 

All tickets are for timed entry but once admitted, visitors are welcome to stay with us until close. We are pleased to say that all entry includes a complimentary drink and mince pie so we will not be offering a regular cafe service on this day.


Venue Details

The Charles Dickens Museum 
48 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LX


Box Office
0207 405 2127

Nearest tube
Russell Square

Directions
Map

More info
Website

Dates
9-24 December 2017

Times
Various

Prices
Various

Other notes
None



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