Manhattan’s Merchant’s House Museum Hosts Performances of A Christmas Carol

The Merchant’s House Museum honors Christmas with a full period performance of this holiday classic.

WORDS Angela Serratore
December 2019
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Photography by Joey Stocks

Arrive on the doorstep of the Merchant’s House Museum in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village this December and the Ghost of Christmas Past will be hot on your heels. Through January 5, the Merchant’s House will host theatrical performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with full period costumes and furnishings and flickering candlelight. The museum showcases Manhattan’s merchant period of the 1830s, when the city’s bustling seaport turned it into the metropolis we know today. Charles Dickens himself journeyed across the Atlantic and arrived at the seaport in 1867 to perform A Christmas Carol for a live audience. At the Merchant’s House, Dickens is deftly portrayed by actor John Kevin Jones. “It is nothing short of magical,” says the museum’s executive director Margaret Halsey Gardiner. The storytelling is accompanied by a service of mulled wine and Dickensian fare including mince pies—a Christmas caper fit for the queen (Victoria, of course).

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