Saturday, 16 November 2019

A Very Victorian Christmas At The Postal Museum 2019

The Postal Museum brings the spirit of Victorian Christmas to London with season of themed events
Festive Mail Rail ride also set to make a return

First Commercial Christmas card, 1843 © The Postal Museum

This festive season, The Postal Museum will be celebrating with a host of Victorian-themed crafty activities for both adults and kids, as well as giving its underground Mail Rail ride a very festive twist.

Every time we dust off our decorations and adorn our tree, send a Christmas card, or pull a cracker at Christmas, it’s the Victorians we have to thank, as these much-loved festive traditions all originated with them.

Visitors to The Postal Museum both young and old will learn all about how the Victorians brought Christmas to the masses, with workshops based on some of these favoured festive customs.

Families will be able to delve into these traditions further with workshops to create unique and handmade Victorian inspired Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

There will also be a storytelling session inspired by the world’s first Christmas card, sent in 1843 and on display in the museum; scented Christmas card-making classes and wrapping paper-printing for children.

Adults will get the chance to practise their calligraphy writing skills, as well as learning how to make their own handmade natural products at a number of exclusive evening workshops.

And there’s plenty going on below ground, too. For a limited time only, Mail Rail’s subterranean ride – taking visitors back in time to the heyday of the postal railway – will get a Christmas makeover. From wartime wives wishing husbands Merry Christmas from afar, to the broadcast of the first King’s Speech on the BBC, this projection is set to get visitors into the Christmas spirit in a very unique way. 

The museum’s on-site café The Counter will have a range of Christmas treats and hot drinks to warm their visitors up, as well as a shop for them to find that special gift.

Times and dates

Family activities, all included with ticket entry, will take place from Saturday 23 November to Saturday 21 December 2019. Adult evening events require advanced booking and have an additional fee.

Festive Mail Rail Rides run from 5 November 2019 - 5 January 2020.

Full details are available online