Experience a Victorian Christmas

In many ways the Victorians invented Christmas. Crackers, Christmas trees and Father Christmas as we know him today were all born in this era.

Experience a Victorian Christmas for yourself at one of these special places. We’ll be decking the boughs in true Victorian style, dishing out traditional sweet treats and at some places you can even meet a green, Victorian Father Christmas. Here are a few of the best places to immerse yourself in the traditions of old and maybe start a few new ones of your own.

    A Victorian Christmas in the South West

    A little girl meeting Father Christmas at Killerton, Devon.

    Killerton, Devon, from 23 November 2013, 11am–4pm

    ‘What a wonderful way to start Christmas. You made everything look beautiful.’
    - Visitor at Killerton

    The festive season is on its way and this year Killerton are celebrating 'A Christmas Carol'. See sparkling displays in the house, enjoy the outdoor family trail and try to spot the magical willow reindeer.

    You can also meet Victorian Father Christmas, who will be all dressed in green, just as he would have been in Dickens’ time on 7, 14, 21 December, 2pm–3.30pm.

    Christmas at Killerton

    Lanhydrock, Cornwall, selected dates between 7-28 December 2013

    Join the Agar-Robartes twins to see what Christmas was like for Victorian children at Lanhydrock. See the nursery rooms decorated for Christmas and some of the toys the children would have asked for. There is also a family trail you can follow.

    What’s on at Lanhydrock

    Tyntesfield, Bristol, 21 and 22 December 2013

    Join us at Tyntesfield for a very Victorian romp around the house with four very special Victorian characters. You may even bump into a jolly old man with a big white beard. This is a guided storytelling tour, by the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company – a great seasonal treat for all the family.

    Christmas at Tyntesfield

    A Victorian Christmas in London & the South East

    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

    Hughenden, Buckinghamshire, from 1 December 2013-1 January 2014

    See Hughenden Manor decorated for Christmas in true Victorian style. You can enjoy carols, Christmas crafts, wreath making, roast chestnuts, mulled cider and more. Also every weekend in December you can meet Father Christmas.

    Christmas at Hughenden

    Red House, London, from 6 December 2013

    See Red House in all its traditional Christmas glory. Whilst winter foliage is spread throughout the house, the tree is adorned with gingerbread, dried oranges and cinnamon sticks, just as William Morris would have enjoyed it. A

    Christmas at Red House

    Ightham Mote, Kent, 23 November-23 December 2013, 11am-3pm

    Ightham Mote will be celebrating Christmas in a traditional Victorian fashion. Peek behind the scenes in the servant’s area to see what the butler did with his mince pies and claret and explore the housekeeper’s sitting room. Children can meet Father Christmas, make decorations and hear the stories of Ightham Mote.

    Christmas at Ightham Mote

    A Victorian Christmas in the Midlands

    Star mince pies

    Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire, from 2 December 2013–5 January 2014, 9am-4pm

    See Baddesley Clinton decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. You can enjoy a festive meal, take a stroll around the gardens on a Victorian walk and get some gift ideas in our shop. Don’t miss the mince-meat demonstrations in the kitchen – you might take home a few new tips.

    What’s on at Baddesley Clinton

    A Traditional Christmas in the East of England

    A decorated Christmas tree at Felbrigg Hall

    We aren’t running any Victorian Christmases in the East of England in 2013. However, you can experience a Tudor Christmas at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, a 1930s Christmas at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, and a 1940s Christmas at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk.

    What's on in the East of England