Christmas activities 2022 at the Postal Museum: Letters to Santa Claus


What did the children of yesteryear ask Santa Claus if Nintendo didn’t exist yet? The Postal Museum Christmas events are meant to answer that question and more.

The spectra of Christmas past show up from this month to London Postal Museum with their Christmas exhibition program now on view. This is an opportunity not only to discover the history of the Postal service during their busiest time of the year, but it also offers insight into buying habits of yesteryear.

One of the most talked about exhibits comes in the form of a series of letters to Santa Claus from British children throughout history. Dating back as far as 1963, it’s a chance for museum visitors to see what have been the most sought-after Christmas gifts for children over the decades. Are children’s requests to Santa Claus in the 1970s totally different from those of the 1990s, and how do they compare to today’s wish lists?

The Postal Museum will also present the very first christmas card who was sent 178 years ago. It was Queen Victoria who sent the first official Christmas card, before Sir Henry Cole, who among other things was Sir Rowland Hill’s assistant in introducing the penny post and first director of the V&A, commissioned the first commercial Christmas card in 1843.

The initial print run was 1000 cards. Designed by painter John Callcott Horsley, the cards were lithographically printed and then hand colored by professional colorist Mason. Cole used as many of these cards as he needed and sold the rest for one shilling each under the alias Felix Summerly.

There will also be a host of festive activities on offer at the museum as part of the ticket price, including Create Your Own Holiday Cards, Design Your Own Gift Wrap and Tags, and Create Your Own Party Bag as visitors make their way to exhibitions with a special festive theme mail tower. This miniature train service at the museum will transport families and friends between exhibits and the Sorted! Postal game space.

When will the Christmas program at the Postal Museum start?

The Postal Museum a series of Christmas exhibitions and activities have already started and will continue until early January 2023. You can visit the Postal Museum in London by underground with Farringdon, Russell Square, King’s Cross St Pancras and Chancery Lane at less than one mile or by bus lines 17, 19, 38, 45, 46, 55, 63, 341 which all have stops nearby.

For those looking to take a taxi or drive, you can enter 15-20 Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA in your SatNav system or taxi driving application. Be warned though, if you plan to visit the Postal Museum, there is no designated visitor parking. The opening hours of the Postal Museum are Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where can I get tickets for the Postal Museum Christmas events?

Postal Museum tickets cost between £16 for adults and £9 for children, when booked online. Tickets are available from the Postal Museum online booking form – those who hold a National Art Pass can get a 50% discount on tickets.


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