For the first time this year, the city's heritage organisations and partners are coming together to take Milton Keynes on a journey through the centuries - experiencing the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of Christmas through the ages.
Young carol singers at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre
Highlights of the programme - which runs from 30 November - 16 December - include a medieval-themed Angels at the Abbey event at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre on 2 December. Historians believe carolling first became popular in the middle ages, so there will be plenty of live festive song along with children's arts and crafts, seasonal tastes - and the chance to buy unique gifts and crafts.
In Olney, the Cowper and Newton Museum is hosting a heritage Christmas crafts day on 1 December where children will get the chance to make medieval pomanders, Victorian wrapping paper and WWII paper chains. And since hospitality was such a big part of Georgian Christmases, the Museum will be offering punch and judy shows, hot chocolate, spiced tea and mince pies as part of the town's Dickens Day on 9 December.
Staying with the Victorians, Milton Keynes Museum's ever-popular Victorian Christmas runs over three weekends from the end of November through to 16 December. The whole family can look forward to mulled wine and a candlelit sing song around the piano in the parlour, chestnuts in the forge, refreshments in the street of shops, Christmas crafts in the schoolroom, an array of present-buying opportunities from the Christmas fair - plus the chance to meet Santa in his grotto and Queen Victoria.
There are more present-buying opportunities at Bletchley Park on 8-9 December when West Bletchley Council's buzzing Christmas market returns to the home of the World War Two codebreakers. This year the partners are aided and abetted by Milton Keynes College students taking over the Mansion house to showcase their skills. Far from making do and mend, there'll be plenty of gifts and goodies to eat on display.
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