There are numerous other bookish Christmas celebrations around the UK this year, in real life and via the internet, including:
The centerpiece of the Dickens Museum’s Christmas schedule is a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol by Dominic Gerrard (via Zoom) filmed in the rooms where Dickens actually wrote it (December 8, 19, and 22). On December 15, Dickens’ great-great-great granddaughter Lucinda Dickens Hawksley will be talking about the author’s family yuletide celebrations, drawing on the research for her 2017 book, Dickens and Christmas.
The Bodleian Library in Oxford is holding special free family-friendly Dutch Christmas events on December 4 and 5 as part of its North Sea Crossings: Anglo-Dutch Books and the Adventures of Reynard the Fox exhibition. Expect lively performances from the Trouvere Medieval Minstrels and Christmas traditions from the Netherlands.
Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire is running a guided Christmas walk around the village where Austen lived and wrote on December 5, featuring readings from her work and letters, with Georgian Christmas traditions also promised.
The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester are putting on A Christmas Potpourri, an online collection of short talks about their favorite objects in her house on December 6.
And of course, Christmas is a time for giving books. The new Christmas catalogue from Peter Harrington has various possibilities, including a 1978 first edition of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs and a second UK edition of polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen’s Farthest North (1898).