Carols, a Christmas canal tale and Santa cruises are all on offer at the National Waterways Museum as it approaches the close of its 40th anniversary year.
Events for all the family start on Friday December 2 from 7.30pm with ‘Carols by the Canal’ at the Ellesmere Port waterfront attraction which is run by the Canal & River Trust.
Jackie Robertson will lead the Wirral Singers and Ringers in the annual carol concert which has become a popular winter diary date. This year Jackie promises it will be ‘bigger and better than ever’.
The evening includes refreshment and a raffle with all proceeds going to the Boat Museum Society. Tickets are £7 and can be booked by calling the museum on 0151 355 5017.
On Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18 from 7.30pm and on Christmas Eve from 2.30pm, Ellesmere Port based production company Chalice Media will be presenting ‘A Christmas Canal’.
The town’s celebrated showmakers return to the museum with a unique take on Dickens’ tale of second chances and Christmas spirit as a miserly Victorian dock manager experiences a December 24th to remember.
Tickets are £8 and can be booked at the South Pier Road museum by calling 0151 355 5017 or via Chalice Media on challicemediagroup.com.
As Christmas approaches Santa will be taking to the water with cruises on Saturday December 17, Sunday December 18 and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday December 22, 23 and 24 at 11am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm.
Father Christmas will be leaving his sleigh to set up his grotto on board canal boat Centaur.
Families will be welcomed aboard and the boat will set off for a 30-minute trip along the canal.
After meeting Santa young visitors will receive a special early Christmas present with mince pies, tea, coffee and cold drinks to finish off a memorable trip.
Tickets cost £10 for children and £8 for adults. Early booking is advised by calling the museum on 0151 355 5017
The museum is open at weekends between 10am and 4pm and for the Santa Cruises on December 22 and 23.
Admission starts from £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for 6-15 year olds while under-fives come in for free. Other tickets are also available.