How the Victorians made Christmas

The Cragside Christmas tree trimmed for Christmas and a presentation of dinner in the Dining Room at the House.

The Armstrongs lived in an age of innovation, and the celebration of Christmas was no exception. Decking the halls, trimming the trees, and giving wrapped presents to loved ones were all made fashionable by the Victorians and many of their traditions form our modern festivities. Among these were the singing of Christmas carols, an old custom revitalised with cheerful lyrics, and merry tunes.

On your visit, explore joyfully decorated rooms inspired by different festive songs to discover how the Victorians made Christmas. As you walk through the doors you will be greeted by the scent of figgy pudding being prepared in the kitchen. Admire the enormous Christmas tree in the Dining room, dressed to impress with paper decorations, and get into the festive spirit in the cosy Library where after-dinner games will appear to be in full-swing, before experiencing the magical winter wonderland created in the Garden Alcove. 

House opening dates and times

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December 2021
7 days a week from Saturday 18 December 2021 until Monday 3 January 2022
(except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
11am-3pm (last entry 2.30pm) 
Ground floor only