Gallery: A Victorian Christmas, Black Country Living Museum

Visitors to the Black Country Living Museum have been taking a step back in time for a Christmas filled with roasted chestnuts, traditional fish and chips and gas powered lighting.

A series of Victorian Christmas evenings have been held at the Dudley-based attraction allowing families to see the nostalgic excitement of the era.

A full cast of actors have brought famous scenes from classics like A Christmas Carol to life and visitors have enjoyed watching a pantomime version of Hansel and Gretel performed by entertainers Fizzog Productions.

There were also houses to explore offering open fireplaces and simple period celebrations.

The canalside village was illuminated by gas and candlelight at the weekend, serving as a backdrop for a host of period entertainment such as carol singing, brass bands, street entertainers and comedic panto. 

Roast meat and chestnuts were also available from vendors in the streets, while visitors enjoyed rides.

Youngsters had the opportunity to meet Father Christmas by the fireside and were given sweets in return.

Mother-of-three Laura Hayward took her children Gertie, aged five, and three-year-old Grayson, along to the popular event. 

The 33-year-old, of Dudley, said: “It was magical. We’ve never been before and they absolutely loved it. They met Santa and got a lollipop. We went on the fair, to the chip shop and sweet shop. 

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“We watched a street performance of A Christmas Carol. It was very, very busy.”

Mother-of-one Sheree Evans, of Rowley Regis, enjoyed the event with her four-year-old niece Rayan Alboraiki and other family members. 

The 29-year-old said: “We thought it was really good. 

“There were lots of different food stalls. It was kid friendly as well. 

“We’d definitely go back. My niece really liked the stilt walkers and all the singers were in character.”.

The sold-out event started on Friday and runs until tomorrow.

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