Jesmond Library to host Victorian Christmas event

Courtesy Ben Baily/Supplied by Jesmond LIbrary

Courtesy Ben Baily/Supplied by Jesmond LIbrary

A Victorian Christmas event is due to arrive at Jesmond Library on Monday December 21st.

The event promises to bring a traditional Victorian Christmas to Newcastle for all of the family, the organisers say.

Sarah Mercer, one of the organisers of the event at Jesmond Library, has promised a wealth of activities which parents and children alike can get involved in, as well as inviting everyone to come in Victorian fancy dress.

Craft events including making traditional cornucopias and dried flower arranging will be mixed with Victorian parlour games and storytelling. The event will open with Christmas carols.

Visitors can even expect a visit from Father Christmas and children will be able to give him their letters.

Festive food and drink will be provided as well as a selection of non-Victorian stalls where visitors can pick up some last minute Christmas gifts.

It is the first time that Jesmond Library has put on an event like this and Mercer told JesmondLocal that the idea came from a Newcastle University student. “The Victorian period is really when Christmas started in the way that we know it today,” she said.

“It’s possible to learn more about the era by making the decorations and playing the parlour games. So it seemed like a suitable festive-type event to have.” Mercer added that it’s “a bit different to other Christmas events.”

The Victorian Christmas event will run from 12pm until 3pm and is priced at £3 per person for entry.