Christmas at Strangers' Hall Museum, Norwich
PUBLISHED: 13:03 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:03 03 December 2018
Don't be a stranger as all through the house, a magical storybook Christmas has transformed a Norwich museum into a wonderland of Santa, snow, reindeer and elves
Festive lights sparkle at the windows, the sweet sound of carols and the scents of pine branches and spiced drinks swirl through centuries-old rooms. Step inside, and back into Christmas Past. Wander through wood-panelled rooms festive with traditional greenery, climb the sweeping stairs and see a heavy door ajar.
Who is that in the room full of toys and gifts? Could it be? Could it be Father Christmas?
Yes, the man himself will be at Strangers’ Hall Museum this month, accompanied by a troupe of costumed characters, musicians, illuminated projections and more.
Festive favourite ’Twas the Night Before Christmas will come to life in the medieval merchants’ house in the heart of Norwich. Visions of sugar-plums, presents, reindeer and snow will dance through the house with costumed characters and entertainers. Father Christmas will be in his Victorian Norwich workshop to meet children – and have his photograph taken with each young guest.
Elves will help children enjoy their visit and join in crafts, story-time and a hunt around the museum for Christmas-themed felt mice. There are also mulled punch and seasonal goodies to try – and the chance to take an ‘elfie selfie’ at the elfie station, which will be part of a magical Christmas scene in the courtyard garden.
Strangers’ Hall has been dubbed a living dolls’ house because of its charming inter-linked rooms, each displaying the furniture and furnishing of particular period settings. This month it will be embracing historic Christmas traditions in a splendour of sparkling
fun, to give families an immersive, exciting and very festive experience.
Take part in ’Twas the Night Before Christmas at Strangers’ Hall, Charing Cross, Norwich, on Saturdays December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 10am–4pm. A timed visit to Father Christmas and museum admission for a child is £10, or £8 for Father Christmas only, both with a gift and photograph. Adults £5.20. Pre-booking advised at norfolk-museums.arttickets.org.uk
Strangers’ Hall will also be open on Wednesdays and Sundays through December, up to and including December 22.
Special festive Deck the Halls tours will run at 2pm on December 12 and 19, for a chance to see the beautiful house festooned with traditional greenery and decorations. Explore Christmas customs and traditions, hear seasonal music and get into the festive spirit with fruit punch and a mince pie.
Tickets £8. museums.norfolk.gov.uk/strangers-hall