York Mumbler Lisa and her family recently went to the Castle Museum in York to the Dickensian Christmas and to see Father Christmas. Find out what they thought about it in their review.
The Castle Museum is always a unique and interesting attraction to visit, entertaining and educating mini Mumblers of all ages. In the festive run-up, the museum is transformed into a traditional Christmas experience, inspired by Dickensian times.
This Christmas Experience features a fantastic and engaging adaptation of the Dicken’s classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’ followed by an entertaining and interactive opportunity to meet the main man himself…Father Christmas.
There’s plenty of entertainment while you wait…
Whilst waiting for the Festive Experience to begin, we were entertained by a brilliant magician, in character from Victorian times, as well as a trip to the sweet shop on the recreated Victorian Street. A great idea to bribe and cajole mini Mumblers into good behaviour! Our two boys ate their chocolate and sugar mice and we were entertained by Fagin trying to persuade them to join his gang.
Enjoy an immersive one-man show of ‘A Christmas Carol’
The atmospheric recreated Victorian Street Kirkgate provides the perfect backdrop for a very professional and entertaining adaptation of the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’. Audience members are invited to take part in some of the key roles in the story.
Props were dispensed to the audience to get into character and then the classic tale of festive self-enlightenment and redemption began. With one innovative actor, and the use of clever props and different areas of the street, Scrooge’s story was faithfully recreated through an abridged version, that will entertain people of all ages.
Meeting you know who 🎅
No Christmas experience is complete without the presence of the man in red and the Castle Museum offered a unique and interesting twist on the standard Santa meet and greet experience.
We were ushered into an atmospheric Victorian parlour room and each child was provided with a Christmas card to decorate and write their name and Christmas list on.
The festive atmosphere was built up with an outstanding rendition of the classic festive poem, ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ by a charismatic actor who managed to bring it alive to both excited children and parents alike.
All the cards were hung on the mantlepiece and, following some excellent sound effects, Father Christmas duly appeared down the chimney, to the audible delight of all the young believers.
He did not disappoint and had the most traditional and detailed costume you could imagine. Every child was given a special present for Christmas and the opportunity for photos and to get on the nice list, before the big day.
It is truly magical!
The Castle Museum has managed to create a truly magical Christmas experience that plays out in the atmospheric Victorian Street. As well as being thoroughly entertaining, it also provides culture and education by transporting children back to Victorian times, immersing them in classic Dicken’s, as well as of course giving the opportunity to meet Father Christmas.
This experience adds to the deserved reputation York has built up as one of the most festive of places in the UK. As the museum is located in the heart of the City, you can also immerse yourself in everything that the ever-popular St Nicholas Fair has to offer on Parliament Street has to offer to finish off a truly unique Christmas family trip.
Useful links & information
The Christmas Experience runs until 22nd December with extra week dates including Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December
Time slots are 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Online bookings must be made for 10:30am, 11:30am and 2:30pm sessions
£8.50 per child plus museum admission (Universal Credit Child over 3 £4.25)
A child ticket for Father Christmas includes free admission of two parents/carers, but they do need to pay normal admission to York Castle Museum