Boxing Day Mummers plays

December 20th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Boxing Day Mummers plays

Another fantastic bit of history that is brought alive at Christmas time in St Albans are the performances by the St Albans Mummers. For over 40 years the St Albans Mummers have performed their unique adaptation of George & The Dragon on Boxing Day in various locations across the City.

For one day only - Tuesday 26th December 2017 (Boxing Day) they start at the town hall;
11:30 - St Albans Town Hall 
12:15 - The White Hart Hotel 
13:00 - West End, St Albans Cathedral 
13:45 - Ye Olde Fighting Cocks 
14:30 - Clock Tower 

In the early days, the Mummers were almost the only live event on in St Albans on Boxing Day, but laws and habits have changed, so the Mummers now compete for attention with all-day pubs and post-Christmas shopping. But the citizens of St Albans still turn out in impressive numbers to watch the Mummers. Naturally, the weather affects the attendance, but the Mummers go on whatever the weather, in rain, snow or fog. It is a real family event and supporters  span the generations; people who were brought to watch as children now bring their children and grand-children to see St George and the dragon.

"The celebrated St Albans Mummers" have appeared in a book of traditional events in Britain and been filmed for folk archives in the U.S.A., and have formed part of at least one doctoral thesis. 

The Mummers have become a major feature of Christmas in St Albans, and the group is determined that the tradition started in the 1960's will remain vibrant for many years to come.For more information about the St Albans Mummers or the performance, see