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Father Christmas SPOTTED in Banbury

Banbury Museum’s resident Elves report Father Christmas visit confirmed!

Guess who’s coming to Banbury Museum this December? It’s only Father Christmas!

2 December to 23 December 2017, selected dates only.

It has been an open secret for some time now that a group of Elves have been living in Banbury Museum. These elves, while shy, are known to love, really love Christmas. Every year they cross their fingers and toes, eagerly listening out for the jingling of Christmas bells and the clatter of hooves on the museum roof – but Father Christmas is too busy visiting all the children in Banbury to visit Banbury Museum. This has made the Elves very sad.

Not this year though – the museum elves are super happy to report that – yes – Father Christmas is actually coming to stay at Banbury Museum!

The Elves have made a special winter wonderland grotto for Father Christmas to meet lots of families and have a little sit down before he takes flight with Rudolf and his reindeer crew.

So it is a happy ever after for our museum elves and a big hello to Father Christmas at Banbury Museum….

The elves at Banbury Museum are busy ordering super gifts, building special activity packs including a make-your-very-own 3D father Christmas on a sleigh complete with Rudolf as well as laying out a very festive Father Christmas trail around the museum galleries. Children can share their Christmas wishes in our woodland walk and even pose for an ‘Elfie’.

Suzi Wild, Education Manager at Banbury Museum, said: “Families lie at the heart of what Banbury Museum does; from varied activities for little ones to special events days like Story Bash (11th November 2017).  This will be a magical time for all and we’re so looking forward to helping Father Christmas meet the children of Banbury.”

The Winter Wonderland Grotto is also part of Castle Quay Shopping Centre’s Christmas activities, which include a visit from Santa’s Reindeer on 3rd December, an appearance from a very special Polar Bear during Late Night Shopping on 7th December, a Giant Snowglobe on 10th December, plus shoppers can have a helping hand to find the perfect Christmas presents with the launch of the Banbury Angels.

Paul Jackson, Centre Manager at Castle Quay Shopping Centre, said: “We’re really excited about the opening of Banbury Museum’s Grotto and welcoming Father Christmas to Banbury. There’s plenty of festive fun across Castle Quay so once families have visited the Grotto they can meet Santa’s Reindeer, pose for a photo in our Giant Snowglobe, meet our Polar Bear or pick up some presents with the help of our Banbury Angels.

“We’ll also be launching out Late Night Shopping evenings on Thursday 30th November, where the centre will be open until 8pm on every Thursday in December until Friday 22nd December. So there’s plenty of time to pick up those Christmas gifts.”

As part of the museum’s commitment to supporting local artists, we have commissioned an original drawing of Father Christmas from young Banbury illustrator, Madeleine Allcock, after seeing her work at Banbury Art Fest this summer. The drawing features on all our Christmas promotions, and includes Father Christmas holding a rocking horse like the one featured in the museum’s collection.

Booking Info

Saturday 2nd December, Sunday 3rd December

Saturday 9th December, Sunday 10th December

Saturday 16th December, Sunday 17th December

Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd December

10:30am – 4:30 pm ( 11am – 3pm on Sundays )
Tickets:  £8.50 per child
Tickets must be booked in advance at: