A Christmas Carol 2020

.8th Smash Year!


Keeps Spirits High and Christmas Merry
This Holiday Season

Limited virtual engagement
December 18 to December 24

Performance is FREE; registration is required.
Suggested donation $30 per viewer.
Run-time one hour.
Registrants will be emailed a link to view the performance two hours before the show.

Proceeds benefit the Legal Fund to Save the Merchant’s House
from proposed development next door!

In the past two years alone, the Museum has spent more than $250,000 on legal fees
and engineering studies. We can’t save the Merchant’s House without your help!
Please consider a donation. Any amount will make a difference.

See right sidebar for registration link and performance schedule.


Spectators buying tickets for Dickens's reading at Steinway Hall in New York City, 1867

Spectators buying tickets for Dickens’s reading at Steinway Hall, on 14th Street near Union Square, 1867


In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.


“… we shall never have any entertainments more charming, or more full of genuine, legitimate and elevating pleasure …”
The New York Times, 1867

“The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.”
New York Herald, 1867

Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by John Kevin Jones, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant intact Greek Revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum.

This December, one like no other, A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House returns for its 8th holiday season, virtually. Be transported back 150 years from the comfort of your home for this captivating one-hour performance filmed in the landmark Merchant’s House dressed for the joyous season with a table-top tree, boughs of holly, and flickering candles.

This is a virtual event; registration is required. Registrants will be emailed a link to view the performance two hours before the show.

John Kevin Jones in A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House


“Masterful storytelling”           “True to Dickens’ voice”           “A tour de force”
“… a celebration of not only the holiday season, but of the value of everyday kindness.”

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867, is presented online by Summoners Ensemble Theatre in association with the Merchant’s House Museum and directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd.