A wartime Christmas celebrated in Hawick

Published: Monday, 24th November 2014

Hawick Museum looks at Christmas during World War One.

As we near the end of the 100th year since the start of World War One, Wilton Lodge Park and Hawick Museum will explore a wartime Christmas early next month.

Hawick Museum will host the event for all ages on Sunday 7 December and will look at some of the traditions and customs that took place during the Great War.

How was Christmas in 1914?

Many thought that the war would be over before Christmas 1914, but families would have had to make do with fewer resources for their first wartime festive period.

The first Christmas on the front also saw ceasefires along the enemy lines, which fostered a friendship between both sides momentarily as soldiers crossed over ‘No man’s land’ to exchange tobacco, chocolate and spirits.

Hawick Museum curator Shona Sinclair

"We’ll explore some of these themes and also look at an activity around the special Christmas tin boxes that were sent to all the soldiers by Princess Mary.

“We want everyone to capture a bit of the atmosphere of that Christmas in 1914, and go away with something they created at one of our craft activity areas.”


  • Along with crafts, there will be games and refreshments
  • The event is free, and runs from 1pm to 3pm
  • For more information, contact Hawick Museum by phoning 01450 373457
  • Wartime Christmas is part of the £3.64million Heritage Lottery Fund regeneration project for Wilton Lodge Park, supported by us.