Barnsley Museums at Christmas

Pour a hot chocolate, open a box of mince pies and celebrate Christmas virtually with Barnsley Museums. Watch films from the archives, singalong with the Barnsley Museums Christmas concert and get that fuzzy nostalgic feeling with photos of #BarnsleyChristmas from days gone by.

A Barnsley Christmas Eve Carol (1933)

A Christmas message from Barnsley Museums, featuring a Barnsley carol 'Christmas Eve' written by Arthur Godfrey and published in the Barnsley Chronicle in December 1933. With photographs of Barnsley at Christmas from Barnsley Archives. Read our blog to learn more about the carol

'Twas The Night Before Christmas in Makaton

New for 2023 we have recorded a version of this woderfully nostalgic Christmas story in Makaton filmed in the stunning ballroom at Cannon Hall Museum

Eldon Street Advent Calendar

A postcard of Eldon Street in the early 20th century with the Civic building in the foreground. There are CGI added snowflakes

We're counting down to Christmas by looking back on the last few years of Eldon Street High Street Heritage Action Zone with an advent calendar. Each day you can watch a video, or read a blog and then solve one of our jigsaws

If you're a fan of our #MuseumJigsaws make sure you're following The Cooper Gallery on Facebook and Twitter for a daily festive puzzle


A 1970s Christmas

A Christmas tree with lights in the corner of the 70s area at Experience Barnsley

In Experience Barnsley we're celebrating Christmas 1970s style! Read our blog that brings together lots of festive memories from the 70s and watch this heartwarming short video of a Darfield family celebrating Christmas

Brian Wildsmith - 12 Days of Christmas (Makaton)

We've re-recorded our Makaton video with illustrations by Brian Wildsmith. In 2024 there will be exhibitions at Experience Barnsley and The Cooper Gallery celebrating the life of the Barnsley born, world famous children's books author and illustrator. More details in our What's On pages.

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A snapshot from the video including Tegwen and a newspaper cutting

The Eldon Street 12 Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas postcard with a colourful drawing of Locke Park

Old Barnsley Christmas Cards

Christmas at our venues

A Cracking Christmas

A Cracking Christmas

Join us for a brilliant Barnsley Museums Christmas - festive fun for all the family!

Christmas Carol Uncovered by Barnsley Museums

Christmas Carol Uncovered by Barnsley Museums

Barnsley Museums have recently uncovered a hidden gem in the form of a traditional Christmas Carol, written back in 1933 when researching the anniversary of the iconic Town Hall.