Learn how people used to celebrate Christmas

1st – 2nd December 11am – 3.30pm

Traditional Christmas eventA special Christmas event

At this special Christmas event find out about how Christmas was celebrated in the past. See a selection of the Museum’s buildings decorated for Christmas as they would have been during the time period that they represent.

The Victorian toll house will be decked with holly and ivy gathered from the woods and illuminated by candles and firelight, creating a warm, cosy festive flair that you would have encountered during Victorian times. Please be aware that due to renovation works our 1940s prefab will not be open over the weekend.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas, in his traditional green and red suit, will be making his annual stop at the Museum and will greet visitors as he sits by the fire in Haddenham Cottage. Every child will receive a present. Tickets for Father Christmas must be booked in advance and cost an additional £4. Visits to Father Christmas are an additional charge for Annual Pass holders.


  • There will be Christmas crafts and activities for children (and adults) to take part in in the Museum’s barns.
  • On Saturday 1st December, come and sample Chiltern Brewery products in our shop. In addition to our usual Chiltern Brewery stock of beer, you can also try; malted barley fudge, old ale chutney, award winning hopped pickled onions and ale and garlic mustard.
  • The Museum will be joined by local folk musicians who will perform a mixture of festive, traditional and modern folk music.
  • Visit our shop over the weekend and discover some fabulous gift ideas, including pieces by local artisans such as handmade unglazed white porcelain decorations and tea light holders by ceramicist Joanna Oliver.
  • There will be a small number of stalls where you can purchase gifts and local handmade items courtesy of local craftspeople.

Standard admission prices apply. Free standard admission for annual pass holders.

Book Tickets for event and Father Christmas