Kick off the holiday season with the Morgan’s annual display of the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. This year celebrate the exhibition Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas which assembles all five manuscripts of Dickens’s different Christmas books. Families can meet Dickens, Scrooge, Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Past as well as strolling musicians and entertainers. Activities include hands-on workshops, A Christmas Carol head-in-the-hole, photo shoot with period costumes, a dramatic reading in Mr. Morgan's Library, and a kid-friendly tour of the exhibition. We'll also be screening The Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson/1992/85 minutes).
Appropriate for ages 3–12.
The Morgan’s family programs offer a unique and engaging museum experience to learn about the process of creative expression. Our innovative art workshops and gallery experiences are designed for adults and children to enjoy together. They are limited to families and caregivers with children. Workshops may use special art materials and are intended for the age range listed.
The Grand Falloons company leads visitors in a lively celebration of A Christmas Carol with characters including Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, Charles Dickens, and many more.
Explore the world of gems through platonic solids and prisms with educator Jennifer Comer. Fold and create your own precious gemstones while learning about the many "facets" of these ancient Greek jeweled forms. See real jewels in Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings.
Time travel to Victorian England by creating your own miniature stovepipe top hat with educator Andrea Gray. Using felt, feather, gems, and lace, showcase your own Dickensian style!
“Come in and know me better, man!”
Get into character, literally, as a figure from A Christmas Carol using the head-in-the-hole board mimicking Punch contributor John Leech’s famous illustrations. Sign up for our Family Raffle for a chance to win a copy of A Christmas Carol.
Photo Shoot in the Parlors
Step into history as you try on hand-made period costumes created by Pam Koehler. Digital photos will be emailed to families at no charge.
A Christmas Carol Off the Shelves: Reading in the Library
Be dazzled by ghosts and spirits in Mr. Morgan’s Library as the Grand Falloons company brings Dickens and his masterpiece to life right off the library shelves with a dramatic reading of short excerpts from A Christmas Carol.
Tiny Tim Tour
A gallery tour of Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas, led by nine-year-old Benedict Kiely.
4:30 PM Closing Carols
The Grand Falloons company closes the afternoon with a rendition of classic holiday songs.
Continue your museum visit by exploring Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas, Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection and Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings.
Film Screenings: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Director: Brian Henson
(1992, 85 minutes)
Gonzo the Great plays Charles Dickens, who narrates the story of a miser (Michael Caine) who is visited by three spirits and countless Muppets in this very merry adaptation of the book. Enjoy before or during the Winter Family Fair.