It’s Christmas with an Oliver twist at the Castle Museum!

The golden age of Christmas on the cobbles of Kirkgate… Photographs: Richard McDougall

It’s that time of year again and York Castle Museum’s most famous street is decorated for the festive season, with a Dickensian (Oliver) twist!

This festive season you can step into the literary world of Charles Dickens and immerse yourself in Victorian Christmas magic on Kirkgate. Every weekend from now till Christmas, the street will come to life with familiar faces.

Will you spot Ebenezer Scrooge as he scowls his way along the cobbles? Dodge the Artful Dodger as he tries to earn a few pennies? And watch out for Fagin if he’s in the mood to pick a pocket or two as he performs magic tricks on unsuspecting passers-by.

Also create unforgettable memories with Father Christmas as he talks to children ahead of his busiest time of year.

Scrooge is waiting with a cheery smile

Christmas at York Castle Museum

Sat Nov 16 @ 9.30 am - Sun Dec 22 @ 5.00 pm
York Castle Museum
Eye of York
York, YO1 9RY United Kingdom
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To complete the Christmas spirit, shops will be stocked with festive displays and the street will be filled with merriment and sounds of the season – including choirs performing by the Christmas tree.

Jo Killeya, head of public programming, said:

  • This year we have embraced the magic of Charles Dickens’ stories to create a fantastically festive Victorian Christmas experience.

    We hope people will come and soak up the Victorian sights, sounds and traditions which helped shape how we celebrate Christmas today.

That is the biggest Santa beard we’ve ever seen

There will also two special performances entitled An Evening with Ebenezer Scrooge on Monday December 16 and Friday December 20, from 7pm to 9:30pm.

Walk along the cobbles of Kirkgate for an intimate production of A Christmas Carol, which brings the magic of a much loved Dickens’ classic to life.

For full details of the events and to buy day tickets visit the York Castle Museum website

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