Kick off the holiday season with your family at the Winter Family Fair! See the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol; meet Dickens, Scrooge, Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Past as well as strolling musicians, magicians, and street fair entertainers; enjoy a theatrical reading; and make crafts related to our exhibitions!
Appropriate for ages 3–14.
- Christmas Present!
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.
- “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 two chances to win a copy of A Christmas Carol and She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein.
- Winter Wonderland
Embrace the elements of the season by designing your own miniature winter wonderland in a waterless snow globe. Use festive cut-outs, ribbons, and sparkle snow to craft a cozy world to enjoy in any weather.
- Post Haste!
Take a break from email and rediscover the art of letter writing and calligraphy as you create and decorate a handwritten postcard. Send good wishes, intentions, or greetings to a family member or friend for the year ahead.
- Your Solo Sol LeWitt
Inspired by Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing 552D, arrange cut-out shapes on our display wall to make your own abstract image. Learn about LeWitt’s vocabulary of line, color, and shape to invent your own work.
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.
2:30-3:00 pm and 3:30-4:00 pm
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.
The Grand Falloons close the afternoon with a rendition of classic holiday songs.
Continue your museum visit by exploring It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200, Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice, Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters, and viewing the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol in Pierpont Morgan's historic library.
Film Screening: Frankenweenie
Director: Tim Burton
(1984, 29 minutes)
This early film from director Tim Burton, one of his first projects while working as an animator for Walt Disney Pictures, gently parodies the iconic 1931 James Whale Frankenstein film. Young Victor Frankenstein (Barret Oliver) confounds his parents (Shelley Duvall and Daniel Stern) when his beloved dog Sparky perishes and Victor seeks his reanimation.
2-4:30 pm; screened on the half hour
Free with Museum admission.