‘Tis the season to be jolly at Mansfield Museum

Museum christmas image
Museum christmas image

We’ve got lots on offer in December for all age groups – read on to find out more…

‘Tis the season to be jolly at Mansfield Museum

This year more than ever, families are looking for ways to celebrate the festive season without breaking the bank. Here at Mansfield Museum we understand that, like all other 11 months of the year, we are here for our communities and offer a warm, safe space to everyone who visits us. We’ve got lots on offer in December for all age groups – read on to find out more…

Thursday 1 December sees the launch of our annual Christmas Tree Caper. Once again we will turn the museum's entrance arcade into an eye-popping avenue of themed Christmas trees, each one unique and created by people from our community. Come along and see the creations from local businesses, schools, playgroups, church groups, care homes, and more.

Join us between Friday 2 and Sunday 4 December as our Christmas Market returns.

Check out locally made festive gift ideas, homeware, books, jewellery and toys and tick some Christmas shopping off your list. Better still, treat yourself and support local crafters in doing so.

We can all do small things to reduce, recycle and reuse and our Swap Shop offers you the chance to do just that. Running from 5 to 30 November and 6 to 10 and 14 to 31 December, bring along any clean and reusable clothes you wish to donate to the museum. We will give you the equivalent number of tokens to items you have brought to us, for you to select ‘new to you’ goodies from our stock. We also offer ‘pay what you can’ for anyone browsing without making a donation.

People from all walks of life are invited to learn about our heritage and share their own stories, at our Sanctuary Café on Thursday 8 and Thursday 22 December, from 12pm to 2pm. Games such as Monopoly and Scrabble are available to try and who knows, we may even have a go at that festive tradition, charades to provide some festive fun!

Our under 5s Stay and Play session will be Winter themed on Friday 9 December from 12.30pm to 2pm. Bring your little ones along for messy play and activities such as making a cotton wool snowman or papers snowflakes.

We are excited to present two festive shows that are a perfect introduction to live theatre for the little people in your life -  Santa in Love on Sunday 11 December and Santa Saves Christmas on Tuesday 13 December.

Maybe you’d like to know where the fairy on top of the Christmas tree comes from, or what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman? Or maybe you’d like to know the greatest secret of them all… the one about Santa Claus and the thing he secretly loves best. Could it be presents? Could it be reindeer? Could it be snow? You’ll never guess, so if you want to find out then join Santa and his friends in this fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs.

Who can save the magic of Christmas? Jack's beanstalk won’t grow, Cinderella's glass slipper is broken and what’s happened to the magic in the Fairy Godmother's wand? Join Jack, Dasher the Reindeer and Pompom the Penguin for this festive, interactive adventure, as they meet Father Christmas at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas! Every child will receive a gift from Santa at this show.

Both shows are best suited for 2 to 7 year olds and tickets can be booked online 24/7 at mansfieldpalace.co.uk or you can call Box Office on 01623 633133.

Join local author Adrian Beedon for storytelling and illustration activities featuring the star of his books, Alfred Turtle on Wednesday 14 December from 10am to 2pm. Copies of Adrian’s latest Christmas themed book will be available to purchase as stocking fillers on the day.

Our Reminiscence Tea Room - for people with memory impairment, their friends and families - will have a yuletide twist on Wednesday 2 December as we look back on Christmases past with a cuppa and some cake between 1.30pm to 3pm.

If you have tickets to see The Further Adventures of Peter Pan – The Return of Captain Hook at our neighbours’ Mansfield Palace Theatre, drop in to see us first and make your very own Peter Pan mask.

Mansfield Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm and admission is free for everyone. Visits are free with donations graciously accepted. Tickets to our Christmas shows start at £9 with under 2s free. We can’t wait to welcome you soon.

To find out what other events and activities the council’s events, market and Cultural Services teams have planned for their annual Bringing Christmas to Mansfield Campaign, please visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/christmas or search for Mansfield District Council across social media channels.

Published: 9th November 2022