Experience a Victorian Christmas

In many ways the Victorians invented Christmas. The launch of Tom Smith's 'Bangs of Expectation' in 1860 ignited our love of Christmas crackers. We also have the Victorians to thank for the traditions of decorating Christmas trees and giving gifts on Christmas Day, as well as Father Christmas as we know him today. You can step into a Victorian Christmas at many of the places we look after – here’s a taste of what’s on.

A roaring fire in the Great Hall at Christmas

Ightham Mote, Kent
Christmas Opening 

26-27 November 2016

Join us for traditions old and new - as characters from Ightham Mote's past visit the ground floor of the house, dressed for a Victorian and 1950s Christmas.

A child looks up the Great Hall chimney at Speke Hall

Speke Hall, Liverpool
Victorian Christmas Weekends 

26-27 November and 3-4 and 10-11 December 2016

See Speke Hall in Liverpool – a Tudor house with a Victorian personality – decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. Listen to Christmas carols being sung in the Great Hall, make sugar mice in the kitchen and pay a call on Father Christmas.

The dining room at Standen dressed for Christmas

Standen House and Garden - A family Christmas through the ages 

28 November 2015 to 3 January 2016

See the house decorated in the style of several decades, from Victorian times to the present day, showcasing the many Christmases celebrated at Standen House and Garden in West Sussex, designed by the Arts and Crafts architect Philip Webb for the Beale family in 1894.

Father Christmas waiting in his cosy livingroom at Tredegar House

Tredegar House, Newport
Christmas weekends 

26-27 November, 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 December 2016

This Christmas Tredegar House will be decked out with lavish Victorian decorations for a special celebration of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. Take a wintry walk through the gardens to the house where there will be music and merriment throughout, with traditional activities for the whole family.

Tyntesfield Christmas

Tyntesfield, North Somerset
Christmas house opening 

26 November 2016 - 3 January 2017 (excluding 25 December)

Step back in time as we bring the season's best loved traditions to life at Tyntesfield. With stockings full of festive family fun, story-telling, dancing and games, soak up the atmosphere as the family and servants prepare for the festivities.

The Workhouse in the snow

The Workhouse, Southwell - A Victorian Workhouse Christmas  

3 December 2016

Join the staff and paupers as they prepare to celebrate Christmas in the Workhouse in Southwell. Sing carols with the pauper choir and listen to stories of workhouse life. Please note this event is the Workhouse’s only opening this Christmas.

Celebrating a medieval Christmas at Chirk Castle

Christmas through the ages

You can also experience Christmas during different eras at places we look after. Find out how people celebrated Yuletide in medieval times or during the Tudor period, step into an Edwardian or Georgian Christmas or take a trip back to the festivities of the Roaring Twenties.