London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



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.


7-9, 11-14 December 2018, 15.00, 18.00
Ghost Stories for Christmas performed by James Swanton
£22.00 (includes Museum visit)
Shutter up the windows, dim the candles, and settle by the fire for a Christmas ghost story, told by no less a master than Charles Dickens.


Here are three of Dickens’ Christmas ghost stories: not only A Christmas Carol, but The Chimes and The Haunted Man. Their words unlock a world teeming with goblin-infested bells – with dark and shadowy doubles – with Ghosts of Christmases Past and Present and Yet To Come. These tales chill the marrow and tickle the funny bone, but always they enchant, as only the works of a master storyteller can.
Lasts approximately 60 minutes.
Suitable for ages 12 and over.


7, 21 December 2018, 15.00
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.
Suitable for ages 9 and over.
The reading lasts approximately 70 minutes.


9, 16 December 2018, 10.00, 10.45, 11.30
Christmas Housemaid's Tour
Adults £18.00 (concessions available), Children £10.00
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, 20 December 2018, from 18.00
Christmas Late Openings
Adults £18.00, Children £10.00 
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 live theatrical entertainment as the house comes alive with scenes from A Christmas Carol. Be sure to meet the infamous miser Ebenezer Scrooge and the impoverished Cratchits and be chilled to the bone as Jacob Marley visits from beyond the grave.


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.


15-18, 22, 29-31 December 2018, 15.00, 18.00
A Christmas Carol performed by Dominic Gerrard
£22.00 (includes Museum visit)
Join us, as darkness falls, and Scrooge is awakened once again! Actor Dominic Gerrard (RSC/West End) returns with his sell-out performance of A Christmas Carol.


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.


Tim Carroll (Richard III & Twelfth Night, Globe/West End/Broadway) directs this magical re-telling of Dickens’s classic Christmas story.
The reading lasts approximately 60 minutes.
Suitable for ages 12 and over.


15-16, 22-24, 27-31 December 2018, 11.00
Christmas Dickensian Walk
Christmas is coming and it's time to get into the mood with the man who more than any other laid down a blueprint as to how the Victorians, and later generations, celebrated the festive season.


The tour begins at the heart of the historic City of London and delves straight into the old alleyways in which Dickens began his festive favourite A Christmas Carol.


We begin in an old alleyway that many believe was the location of Scrooge's counting house, we then follow Bob Cratchit as he goes down a slide on Cornhill on the foggy snow shrouded Christmas Eve of 1843. We then wend our merry way through a sequence of back streets and hidden alleyways that have changed little, if at all, since Dickens himself walked them in search of inspiration. We pass the ancient hostelry that may well have been the one at which Scrooge stopped off on his way home to enjoy his usual melancholy dinner.


We then venture into the churchyard that could well have been the one in which the ghost of Christmas Yet To Come confronted Scrooge with what the future had in store.


Via Victorian London's most beautiful market, in which we stop to talk about Christmas traditions, such as trees and treats, we make our way to a tucked away courtyard to see what may well have been the house in which Scrooge encountered the four ghosts that changed his life and transformed him into a man who knew how to keep Christmas.


With lots of quotations and your tour guide dressed in Dickensian costume you will enjoy a spirited walk in which every corner turned will throw up an historic surprise.


And finally beneath the shadow of the Mansion House we will turn our thoughts homewards with a spirited 'God Bless us everyone'.


The walks begin at Bank Underground Station (outside exit 3) and end at the Mansion House (close to Bank Underground Station).


23 December 2018, 11.00
A Christmas Carol - Unabridged
£60.00 (includes museum visit)
Now, for the first time at the Dickens Museum, audiences can enjoy a special unabridged reading of A Christmas Carol. No cuts, no revisions! Every beat of Scrooge’s Christmas haunting will be told as Dickens first conceived it, in the winter of 1843.


Walking late at night through London, Dickens was appalled by the stark poverty that lived outside the glowing parlours of the rich, and a ‘ghost of an idea’ began to take shape in his mind.


Join us, for a rare chance to hear every word of this ‘wondrous’ book, read by celebrated Dickens actor Dominic Gerrard (RSC/West End), in the atmospheric setting of the author’s home.
Each performance lasts approximately 3 hours and 10 minuteswith two intervals.
Suitable for ages 12 and over.


24 December 2018, 10.00
A Very Dickensian Christmas Eve
Adults £24.00, Children £12.00 (includes a drink and mince pie)
Take a step back in time this Christmas Eve with a visit to the enchanting Charles Dickens Museum.


The Museum will be filled with festive greenery, authentic Victorian fayre and the scent of citrus and spice. And as you wander and explore, the museum will come alive with for a theatrical event as we bring Dickens’s home to life with scenes from A Christmas Carol. Meet infamous miser Ebenezer Scrooge and the impoverished Cratchits, join in with the dancing at the Fezziwig’s Ball (if you are so inclined) ... and be chilled to the bone as Jacob Marley visits from beyond the grave.


Then enjoy warming mulled wine and indulge in traditional mince pies in the family home of the great Victorian author. All tickets are for timed entry but once admitted, visitors are welcome to stay with us until close.

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Venue Details

The Charles Dickens Museum 
48 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LX

Box Office
0207 405 2127

Nearest tube
Russell Square


More info

7-9, 11-18, 20-24, 29-31 December 2018



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