7th Aug, 2020

Avoncroft's Candlelit Christmas sheds light on Yuletides in days gone by

VISITORS to Avoncroft Museum were treated to a trip back to Christmases of times gone by during the venue’s biggest event of the festive season last night.

The windmill lit up. Picture by Tristan Harris.

At the Candlelit Christmas there was a snow machine, the windmill was sailing and lit up for the first time, there were train rides on the miniature railway and festive food and drink.

Father Christmas and his elf were in attendance and visitors could experience a Tudor Yuletide and a 1950s festive season in the pre-fab, among others.

Vintage Class sang some Christmas classics. Picture by Tristan Harris.

There was also a host of entertainment, including traditional songs from Vintage Class, performances from Arrow Vale Brass, Christmas classics from Bromsgrove’s Got 2 Sing, carols in the church and Mike Green with his 42-key Verbeeck Street Organ.

Mike Green with his 42-key Verbeeck Street Organ from Belgium. Picture by Tristan Harris.

Independent stall also sold their wares in the stunning Guesten Hall.

Avoncroft director Simon Carter said: “We have introduced quite a few new things this year and have received some great feedback from people who have never been before and those who come every year.”

There were carols in the church. Picture by Tristan Harris.

“One thing I’ve noticed is people have spent more time standing and watching what is going on, particularly at the windmill being lit up for the first time – that’s gone down really well,” added Mr Carter.

Got 2 Sing entertained the crowds. Picture by Tristan Harris.

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