The International Printing Museum is holding a Dickens Holiday Celebration over two days this December. The popular event had already sold out by the start of December.
The entire museum will be done up like Fezziwig's warehouse, with special presentations, carolers, and period music adding to the occasion. Guests will also be able to print their own Victorian holiday cards using antique presses from the 1850s. As a special treat, an actor playing Charles Dickens will be reading from ‘A Christmas Carol’, and characters from the novel will be wandering about.
A special lunch is being served consisting of bangers (sausages), gingerbread, and apple cider. Visitors are encouraged to turn up dressed in Victorian period clothing.
The museum has been operating since 1989 and provides a history of the books and the innovation of the printing industry. The museum also has a school outreach program called ‘History in Motion’, which brings the printing story to students, and it will be holding a special Benjamin Franklin birthday event this January.
The facility attracts thousands of visitors annually; since opening, more than 250,000 people have passed through its doors. It attracts the general public and is no doubt of special interest to those who work for graphic design or printing companies.
The Dickens Holiday Celebration is taking place at the International Printing Museum in Carson, California on December 14 to 15. For those who missed out on tickets, the museum is open every Saturday, and Tuesday through Friday by appointment only. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students.