It’s that time of year again! Here you’ll find the entries for this year’s #WhitworthAdvent calendar. Scroll down and click on the numbered tiles for all manner of festive fun!
Make Your Own Fabric Bookmarks.
A simple craft project and gift idea you can take with you and sew on the go. Slip one into a card as a standalone gift or add one to a hamper as a nice handmade addition to a larger gift.
Festive Wishes from the Dance Floor!
Ash helps you get your groove on and talks about his hopes for the season.
Make Your Own Delicious Mulled Wine!
Matthew’s easy mulled wine recipe: delicious and guaranteed to help keep you warm this festive season!
Very Easy, No Glue Tree Decorations!
More time to eat mince pies, less time cleaning glue off the carpet with Sue’s easy tree decoration tutorial!
Have Yourself a Preloved Christmas: Rescue Stuffies.
Find out how you can make the holidays extra special for someone with the help of rescue stuffies. Plus: follow the free crochet pattern and tutorial to make a cute crochet collar for your gift!
Possets, Riots, Presidents: A Brief History of Eggnog
Ever been curious about eggnog and why it has become one of the more well-known holiday drinks in the US? Bria takes you an a journey through the history of eggnog to quell your curiosity.
Simple But Chic: No Fuss, DIY Adjustable Necklaces.
Do you want to try your hand at creating a handmade gift but just don’t have the time or the will to stitch or bake anything? This easy method of creating a necklace is a lifesaver for adding a last-minute, personal touch to a gift with minimal fuss.
Simple Pop Up Christmas Cards!
More stuff to do this festive season because you’re not busy enough already! Follow Sue’s easy tutorial to make some simple but fun pop up cards!
What does your mind conjure up when you think of Christmas? Enjoy a piece of festive creative writing by Urussa in today’s #WhitworthAdvent entry!
Will you have a date this Christmas?
If you’re looking for an easy sweet fix this Christmas, give this chocolate stuffed dates recipe a go!
Fancy gift wrap can be expensive, so why not create your own trendy marbled gift wrap? Lucy tells you how in today’s #WhitworthAdvent entry!
The wooden Dala Horse is a common sight during the festive season. Open today’s #WhitworthAdvent entry to find out more about these figures and get your free downloadable colouring sheet to colour in your very own Whitworth Dala horse!
If you’re wishing for summer during Christmas, this Pavlova will definitely bring a little sunshine on a snowy day. Today for #WhitworthAdvent we have a free recipe from Tahmina guaranteed to delight your taste buds this Festive Season!
Stars are like cities, made of desires and fears, an existential blueprint of our future, and of our past. Under the stars identical dreams and hopes are shared, especially at Christmas.
Em’s Whitworth Christmas Gift Guide.
Not finished your Christmas shopping yet? Check out Emma’s gift guide, full of her favourite picks from our shop to give you some gift inspiration. If you’re not in town, you can buy online, too!
Our Paths Through the Short Hours.
Zoe navigates the cold and darkness of winter to remind us of the simple comforts of the season in a creative writing piece for #WhitworthAdvent inspired by Paul Nash’s Winter Wood.
Listening With Hodgkin’s Christmas.
Christmas can be a lonely and stressful time of year for many, so Aisling has composed a song in response to Christmas and Howard Hodgkin’s art to see us through the darkest months of the year. Have a listen and relax!
Have you got your turkey yet? At this time of year, thoughts in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland will be turning instead to the Christmas carp. Today Sue tells us about the fascinating origins of this Christmas carp tradition!
Crispy White Chocolate Snowballs.
Want to make some tasty festive treats with minimal mess and preparation time? These white chocolate ‘snowballs’ are a twist on an Easter favourite in the UK; chocolate crispy cakes. Find out what you’ll need to get started on yours.
Do you have a festive family tradition? Today Robin tells you all about her family’s Xmas tradition and how to do it yourself!
Today is the Winter Solstice which marks the first day of Winter and the shortest day of light this year. To commemorate this day, Jason has written a poem to reflect the seasonal change.
A robin’s song is a familiar sound to us in winter- when many other birds sing less. Follow the robin through #Folklore and literature to Christmas cards and view the robins in our collection.
A peak inside our parallel gallery in Minecraft this season!
A farewell and Christmas message from our Director Alistair Hudson