Wander through the storied door of the landmarked Merchant’s House Museum and find yourself transported more than a century back in time. In December of 1867, New Yorkers of all kinds flocked to the legendary Steinway Hall, right in the center of Union Square, to fight for a glimpse of Charles Dickens performing his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Almost 150 years later, this historic Greek Revival mansion, originally home to a mid-1800s wealthy merchant family, keeps the ritual alive.
Immerse yourself in the way-back world of the 19th century, fully preserved by the brownstone’s historic double parlor, and celebrate the tradition of Christmas while seated in period Duncan Phyfe mahogany chairs. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (and Christmas Eve!), toast the holiday season over mulled wine with Dickens himself, portrayed by actor John Kevin Jones, before settling in for his enchanting one-hour performance straight from the original script.
Why You Should Go: The guest list is as intriguing as the event. The Merchant’s House is rumored to be haunted, and we’ve heard the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come are devoted fans and frequent audience members.
A Christmas Carol
Merchant’s House Museum
29 East 4th Street (between Lafayette Street and Cooper Square), Greenwich Village
Thursday, November 30–Sunday, December 31
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