Come along for Christmas at Beamish daytimes from 26th November to 24th December and enjoy truly traditional celebrations at the museum!
From Georgian times right the way through to the 1950s, hop aboard one of Beamish's traditional trams or buses and be immersed in Christmas through time. Start your own special family traditions and tick off important Christmas to-dos before the big day.
Christmas at Beamish daytimes are included in admission and are free to Beamish Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members so make sure you make the most of your pass and make some magical Christmas memories with us!
From 26th November to 16th December 2022 (inclusive) the museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). From 17th December 2022 to 24th December (inclusive) the museum is open daily, 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). See our fantastic festive plans below!
1820s Landscape - Discover the delights of a Georgian Christmas at Pockerley Old Hall. See the beautiful traditional decorations such as the kissing bough and learn about the history of the yule log (not the chocolate type!). See festive food displays, try your hand at Georgian crafts and play games from the 1820s.
1900s Pit Village - Elves have taken over Birch Wood! Wander through Elf Wood and look out for the elves in their houses. The miners' wives have been busy preparing their homes for Christmas, see the beautiful traditional decorations and festive displays – the tables in each cottage will be gradually filled over the festive period to represent the status and wealth of the residents. Call into the school for Christmas crafts each weekend from 26th November.
1900s Town - Stroll down the cobbled 1900s Town street and enjoy the traditional window displays. Call into the houses on Ravensworth Terrace to see them set up for Christmas – Mrs Jones the dentist's wife always puts on a good spread! Tuck into scrumptious traditional treats from Herron's Bakery and sweet shop-inspired hot chocolates as Beamish Delicious Ices is transformed into Beamish Finest Beverages. Enjoy deluxe hot chocolates and cupcakes from WH Smiths and festive food from The Tea Rooms. Whether you're looking for that perfect gift or simply want to treat yourself, you're sure to find something special amongst the delightful decorations, traditional trinkets and festive food at our 1900s Town market stalls. Enjoy all the fun of the fair as you take a spin on the gallopers and whizz around the helter skelter at the Fairground (small charge applies). During weekends and local school holidays, visit the Masonic Hall to take part in some Christmas crafts. Redman Park will be filled with the sounds of the season with musical performances in the bandstand each weekend.
1940s Farm - Discover what a wartime Christmas was like. Admire the decorations and listen to 1940s Christmas music. Make your own felt decorations in the 1940s farmhouse each weekend and during local school holidays.
1950s Town - Celebrate Christmas 1950s style at the welfare hall, 1950s Front Street terrace and Spain's Field Farm (farm open weekends and bank holidays only). Experience the community Christmas spirit in the welfare hall and enjoy Christmas crafts. Visit Elizabeth's Hairdresser's to get your hair done in the fabulous 1950s style. There will also be a display of the 1950s hairdressing products which would have been on sale in hairdressers during the decade. Admire the decorations in No. 2 Front Street and enjoy festive treats from John's Café. Get cosy at Spain's Field Farm and listen to Christmas stories on the radio, make a Christmas card and see how Christmas would have been celebrated on the farm in the 1950s. Spain's Field Farm is currently open weekends and bank holidays only to allow for the continuing construction work on our 1950s Town.
Around the Museum - As you walk around the museum, keep an eye out for the fifteen naughty elves who have escaped from Elf Wood, they're causing mayhem around the museum! Can you help us find them and tell us what they're getting up to? (Trail activity sheet available from the Entrance building and to download at www.beamish.org.uk from 26th November)
Father Christmas' Grotto - Father Christmas will be in his cosy Grotto at Rowley Station Goods Yard every day we're open from 26th November to 24th December. Grotto tickets need to be booked online in advance, and will not be available to buy at the museum. Grotto slot tickets cost £6 per child (0 – 16 years). Every child who visits Father Christmas' Grotto will need a Grotto ticket, accompanying adults do not require a Grotto ticket. All visitors aged 5 and over will need an Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership in order to visit the Grotto. There will also be opportunity to see Father Christmas travelling around the museum on traditional transport on weekends and local school holidays, be sure to give him a wave if you see him!
As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy this special event.
|Season (26 Nov 2022 - 24 Dec 2022)|
* From 26th November to 16th December 2022 (inclusive) the museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). From 17th December 2022 to 24th December (inclusive) the museum is open daily, 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). See our fantastic festive plans below!