Christmas as we know it today is an invention of the Victorian period, and you can be transported back to that magical era as The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust prepares for a fabulous festive period.
The Trust is promising a Christmas to remember right across the beautiful Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site when its festivities begin at the end of November.
The centrepiece will be a Victorian Christmas at Blists Hill Victorian Town, when the open-air museum will be transformed into a living Christmas Card scene, complete with an ice rink where visitors can have some fun and show off their skating skills. Streets will be decorated in traditional Victorian style, with festive food & drink available to buy and shops filled with unusual gift ideas. There are no additional entry costs, annual Passes can be used for admission on all dates except 4, 5, 11 & 12 December.
There will also be two very special Christmas Weekends at Blists Hill Victorian Town on 4th & 5th and 11th & 12th December, featuring carol singing, brass bands, Santa’s Grotto, a Big Top full of seasonal entertainment and even guaranteed snowfall! Tickets for this special event are available to buy now, annual pass holders enjoy a 25% discount off admission prices.
Families will have a choice of three grottos to book ahead of their visit to these weekends including the ever-popular Finding Santa Grotto where a short carriage ride into the hillside reveals a magical wonderland where Father Christmas is waiting to greet everyone with his trusty Elves.
Christmas is also coming to Coalbrookdale for three weekends from 27th November to 12th December, before culminating in a week-long celebration from 18th-23rd December. The return of the popular Winter Wonderland Grotto will see Father Christmas and his elves set up in their wonderous woodland glade, complete with trees, twinkling lights and much more.
Nick Ralls, Chief Executive at The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, said: “Christmas is a magical time, and especially here in Ironbridge. If you asked someone to picture a traditional British Christmas, they would probably think of images from Victorian times with shop windows beautifully decorated, carollers singing by lantern light and brass bands on the corner.
“That is exactly where you can be transported here at Ironbridge and of course, whether you are planning to come to Blists Hill Victorian Town or to Coalbrookdale, there is always the chance to meet Father Christmas.”
Further information about The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s Christmas activities, including how to book for the Christmas Weekends, the ice rink, or the Coalbrookdale Winter Wonderland, can be found at www.ironbridge.org.uk.