Experience a historic Christmas

Step back in time at one of the places we care for this Christmas. Experience the traditions of the Tudors and Victorians, or see how families celebrated the festive season throughout the 20th Century. Here’s a taste of what’s on.

1960's Christmas at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
A 1960s Christmas 

1-4, 8-11, 15-18 December 2016

Step back into the 1960s and experience the sight, smell and sounds of Christmas. Cooks will be baking in the kitchen and the butler will be mixing Christmas tipples in the pantry. Kids can have a go at making paper lanterns and chains in the Servant’s Hall.

Christmas trees lining the drive at Blickling

Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Christmas is coming... 

25-27 November, 2-4 December 2016

Head to Blickling for a 1930s Christmas with an art nouveau theme. The cooks will be in the kitchen, cooking delights for Lord Lothian. Enjoy festive entertainment, an illuminated garden and Christmas trees lining the drive.

The dining room decorated for Christmas at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chartwell, Kent
1920s Churchill Family Christmas 

3-4, 10-11, 17-18 December 2016

Step back in time and see Chartwell decorated for the Churchill's first family Christmas. A roaring fire will welcome you into the house where traditional garlands and 1920s decorations adorn the rooms.

Children admiring the enourmous Christmas tree at Ickworth, The Rotunda, Suffolk

Ickworth, Suffolk
Living History - Christmas is coming 

Various dates in November and December 2016

Discover the 1930s hustle and bustle of Ickworth's basement as it comes to life this Christmas. The cooks are busy in the kitchen with preparations for the festive season. And decorations are being planned for the house.

A roaring fire in the Great Hall at Christmas

Ightham Mote, Kent
Christmas Opening Weekend 

26 - 27 November 2016

This festive season Ightham Mote will be dressed for a traditional Christmas. Join us on Christmas opening weekend for a mini-market, children's craft activity and a visit to Father Christmas. And don't miss the ever-popular carols in the courtyard.

Table set in Great hall for Tudor Christmas

Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire
Yuletide Celebrations 

3-4, 10-11, 17-18 December 2016

Visit Little Moreton Hall this December to experience a Tudor Yuletide celebration. Find out what the Tudors ate at Christmas, from the wealthy Moretons to the parish poor. Enjoy festive music, local choirs and jesters causing havoc.

Presents under the Christmas Tree at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire
1920s Christmas experience  

19-20, 26-27 November, 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 December 2016

Discover the Hall as it would have looked on Christmas Eve in the 1920s. The Hall is dressed for Christmas and the presents are under the tree. See the five Christmas trees throughout the house, and meet the bulter who will be serving sherry.

A child looks up the Great Hall chimney at Speke Hall

Speke Hall, Liverpool
Victorian Christmas Weekends 

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

See Speke Hall in Liverpool decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. Pay Father Christmas a visit and listen to carols being sung in the Great Hall. Little ones can have a go at making sugar mice in the kitchen too.

Christmas tree in drawing room at Standen

Standen House and Garden, West Sussex
A family Christmas through the ages 

26 November 2016 - 1 January 2017 (excluding 24 & 25 December)

See Standen transformed for Christmas with roaring log fires and festive music in the hall. Each room is dressed for a different decade. Out in the courtyard, internationally renowned textile designer Kaffe Fassett will unveil his specially created Christmas tree.

Father Christmas waiting in his cosy livingroom at Tredegar House

Tredegar House, Newport
Christmas weekends 

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

This Christmas Tredegar House is celebrating Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. Take a wintry walk through the gardens to the house which will be decked out with lavish Victorian decorations. There will be music and merriment throughout, and 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 traditions to life at Tyntesfield. There'll be story-telling, dancing, games and stockings full of festive family fun. 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.