The Black Country Living Museum is celebrating the everyday history of Christmas at its Christmas in the Home event (Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th December).
Stroll around 26 acres of shops and houses and get a snapshot of at everyday life during the festive period over the past 300 years.
From its Victorian beginnings to a wartime Christmas on the ration, visitors can step into the homes of the past as characters prepare for the big day.
Step inside an ornately-decorated Victorian house and take in the sights and smells of Yuletide over a century ago as characters cook and decorate their way to what we would now recognise as a modern Christmas.
See plum-puddings being made the traditional way, and catch costumed characters penning beautifully written Christmas cards as you take in the wonderful smells of fresh wreaths and fragrant pomanders.
Skip forward to the 1940s and see for yourself what life was like during a wartime Christmas. Listen to nostalgic festive tunes on the wireless, and watch as thrifty characters put together Christmas on the ration, scrimping on the lavish decorations in favour newspaper chains and an ‘alternative’ Christmas tree.
Don’t forget to explore the Museum’s back-to-backs and see what life was like for the less fortunate. A peek inside the stocking reveals modest presents including peg dolls, nuts and often a single lump of coal – a reality for the majority of the
Black Country working class.
Enjoy a classic film in our 1920s Limelight Cinema – watch a Christmas with Mickey Mouse and have a giggle with Laurel & Hardy. And to end you day, relax by the fireside in our Bottle & Glass Inn with a nice warm brew or make a toast to the festive season with a real ale.
What’s more… Visit and get an Annual Pass for the same price as a regular ticket – book now