Kick off the holiday season with the Morgan’s annual display of the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. In addition to viewing the manuscript, families will meet Dickens, Scrooge, Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present as well as strolling musicians, magicians, and other entertainers. Celebrate your family’s love of books with a visit to J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, and make crafts inspired by our exhibitions.
Appropriate for children ages 3–14
Sunday, December 15, 2–4:30 pm
- 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 The Great Spruce.
- Y is for Yew
Share photographer Duane Michal’s love of the Edward Lear (1812–1888) Illustrated Nonsense Alphabet. Craft a bookmark starring your favorite letter and create your own pun-ny poetry.
- Rose Tinted Glasses
Take your cue from the rich colors of the La Scala opera house and create new perspective with these homemade opera glasses. Pick a hue for the translucent lens and you can literally have rose colored glasses - or blue, or green!
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 Pierpont Morgan's historic library as the Grand Falloons company brings Dickens and his masterpiece to life right off the library shelves with a lively and very merry rendition of A Christmas Carol.
Meet the Author: The Great Spruce
New York native and tree blogger John Duvall’s debut picture book celebrates the tradition of Christmas trees and advocates for transplanting living trees. Have your book signed by the author and examine a spruce tree and its seeds.
The Grand Falloons close the afternoon with a rendition of classic holiday songs.
Continue your museum visit by exploring John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal, Illusions of the Photographer: Duane Michals at the Morgan, Verdi: Creating Otello and Falstaff—Highlights from the Ricordi Archive, Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman, and viewing the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol in J. Pierpont Morgan's Library.
Film Screening: Peter and the Wolf
Director: Suzie Templeton
(2008, 32 minutes)
In this short film, composer Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 musical suite tells a story where classical instruments distinguish different animal characters. Winner of the Best Animated Short category in the 2008 Academy Awards, this stop-motion animated film is a distinctive adaptation that uses only music and images to tell the wintery tale.
2–4:30 PM; screened on the half hour
Free with Museum admission.