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A Victorian Christmas

There won’t be a computer game or modern toy in sight as residents pop into their local town for a spot of Christmas shopping.

But visitors will be able to step back in time to celebrate Christmas Victorian style during special weekends at Telford’s open-air museum.

The characters at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, will be preparing for the festive season during two weekends in December.

Visitors to the village during the two weekends will be stepping back into a bygone era and treated to traditional sights and smells from the 1800s.

The Victorian ‘residents’ will be telling stories of their lives more than 100 years ago and members of the public will be able to watch as they celebrate the festive season in Victorian style.

Visitors to the open-air museum will also be able to do a bit of Christmas shopping – but rather than computer games and DVDs, they will be able to buy items such as traditionally made cast-iron paperweights and doorstops, handmade plaster decorations and rocking horses, all produced in the Gorge by skilled craftsmen and women.

Bob Cratchet will be on site during the weekends and families will be able to help him find the 12 days of Christmas that Mr Scrooge has hidden around the town. Father Christmas’s reindeer will also be available for members of the public to pet.

Those visiting ‘Mr Morton’s workers’ Christmas party’ in the town will get a chance to sample Victorian food and enjoy some Victorian entertainment.

Entertainment will also include stories, carol singing, Punch and Judy shows and a Santa’s grotto.

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