Winter Family Fair

Celebrate the holiday season with the Morgan’s annual display of the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. This year’s Winter Family Fair will take place online —enjoy an afternoon of object exploration, theatrical performance, and crafting.

2:00 PM
Join Philip Palmer, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, for a closer look at the handwritten manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, the only draft the author made of this timeless classic. Explore the tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas through the endlessly adaptable plot of Dickens's holiday tale.

2:30 PM
The Grand Falloons company brings Dickens and his masterpiece to life with a lively and very merry rendition of A Christmas Carol. Meet Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, plus author Charles Dickens as you have never seen them before.

3:00 PM
Inspired by our exhibition Betye Saar: Call and Response, celebrate family near and far with an assemblage craft. Participants will collage and create a family symbol from materials found around the house. Families are encouraged to build an image together for hopeful thoughts of the year to come.

Craft materials:
Paper, glue stick, magazines, drawing materials (pencils, colored pencils, markers, or crayons)
Optional: family photos

Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to participate using Zoom. We ask that you download the app in advance for the best user experience.

Sunday, December 13, 2–3:30pm

Tickets: Free; limited availability, advance registration is required.

Detail: Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball. Charles Dickens (1812-1870), A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, illustration by John Leech, London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987. PML 132030.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.