There is a fantastic array of activities taking place in Museums in Hertfordshire this festive season. Why not check out the list below to see how your local Museum is celebrating Christmas.
British Schools Museum, Hitchin
Victorian Christmas Fair at the British Schools Museum - Friday 2nd December, 4.30 – 7.30pm.
Experience a Victorian Christmas in the Headmaster's House decked out in traditional decorations, and join in with our wonderful carol singers. Then warm up with mulled wine, roast chestnuts and bacon rolls while browsing the craft stalls for a perfect Christmas gift. Free admission.
Christmas Fair at the British Schools Museum - Saturday 3rd December 10.00am – 2.00pm
Join us for craft stalls, games and raffles. Then refresh yourself with mulled wine and a bacon roll before experiencing a Victorian Christmas in the Headmaster's House. Free admission.
Elstree and Borehamwood Museum
Christmas at 96 - Saturday 3rd December 12.00pm – 3.30pm
Meet Santa All Day, Christmas Magic Party 12.00-1.30pm, Hertsmere Academy of Dance 1.40-2.10pm, Toddler Tales 2.30-3.00pm and Fixation Theatre 3.00-3.30pm. There will also be crafts, Christmas biscuits and face painting throughout the day.
A Victorian Spectacle at Hertford Museum - Thursday 22nd December 2.30-4.00pm.
Join us as we step back in time and explore Victorian Hertford at Christmas. Make traditional presents, play parlour games and more! £4.50 per child, booking Essential (free spaces are available for children of low income families).
A Christmas Carol - Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016, 3.30pm & 7.30pm.
A fireside reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, read by actor Jeremy Swift (Downton Abbey/The Durrells). There will also be festive musical accompaniment. Guests will be offered a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie on arrival. Parking is in the Courtyard directly in front of the House. There will be a 20 minute interval during which drinks may be purchased and guests will have an opportunity to wander through some of the rooms on the ground floor of the House.
Tickets for the evening performances are £27.50 and matinee tickets are £25.00 per person, booking is essential.
Lunch with Santa - 4th, 11th and 18th December, 12.30pm.
Give your family an early Christmas treat with a fantastic lunch at Knebworth Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. Arrival is from 12.00 midday and the Bar will be open for cash purchase drinks. Your two-course lunch will be served at 12.30 pm. Santa will arrive following dessert with a gift for every child.
Adults: £25.00 per person. Children aged up to 13 years of age £12.00, booking is essential.
Annual Christmas Event - Saturday 3rd December, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Visit Father Christmas in his grotto, enjoy some tasty festive treats and have a go at our Christmas craft. No booking necessary.
Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery
Crafty Kids: Merry Christmas - Saturday 10th December, 10.30 – 12.00pm.
Christmas themes activities for kids, £3 per child and no booking necessary.
New Town Christmas - Saturday 10th December, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Visit Santa (£5), make retro Christmas decorations and visit the craft fair.
Verulamium Museum, St Albans
Cracking Christmas Crafts - Saturday 3rd December 10.30 – 12.30pm & 1.30 – 4.00pm.
A day of festive crafty fun for all the family, where you can create decorations and make your own personalised Christmas card. £3.00.
Tots Tales - Wednesday 14th December, 10.30 – 11.30am and 1.30 – 2.30pm.
Christmas themed story and craft activity. Suitable for children aged 2 – 4 years, accompanied by an adult. £2.00.
Spaces are limited so please book in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.
Celebrating Saturnalia - Monday 19th – Friday 23rd December, 2.00 – 4.00pm.
Help us to celebrate the Roman festival of Saturnaliam and decorate the museum’s Christmas tree! Suitable for 3+ year olds, accompanied by an adult. £1.50.
12 Days of Christmas - Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December, 10.00am – 5.00pm.
“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” Explore the museum with a very special Roman themed ‘12 days of Christmas’ trail. Free.
Festive Family Fun at Watford Museum - Saturday 3rd December, 11.00am – 4.00pm.
Lots of drop-in craft, storytelling, face painting and even a special appearance by Father Christmas! £3 per child. Suitable for all ages.
Please check the individual museum websites for their Christmas Opening Times
This summer, take a family journey through the rich and exciting history of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex with a free Museum Explorer Passport. Collect yours from a participating local museum and begin your expedition through time, taking in the Roman invasion, the magic of steam railways and the rapid rise of the industrial age. Museums throughout the three counties are running holiday events, activities and trails for families. Go along and get your passport stamped at each museum you visit and take part in our challenges. Your child will get a stamp for each challenge they complete and they will receive a special sticker for completing their challenges.
The passport has been created in partnership with museums across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex with the aim of encouraging families to visit museums. It aims to show families how many great museums there are on their doorstep, providing a range of fantastic, affordable activities during the holidays.
39 museums from the 3 counties are participating including 12 from Hertfordshire:
You can pick up a passport anytime from the end of May and the explorer scheme will run throughout the summer.
Find out more on the Museum Explorer Passport Facebook page, twitter and website.