Christmas at Treasurer's House

Meander through the house in all it's festive glory and new this year is a 20ft Christmas tree in the Great Hall. After your visit, head around the corner to the National Trust shop for a retail fix with a difference.

A step back in time

20 November - 19 December 2021

Saturday - Wednesday, 12 noon - 4pm (last entry 3.15pm), drop in - no need to book

Join us as we journey to a Christmas past with the house beautifully decorated for Christmas. The period rooms are transformed with decorations throughout, from gifts and garlands, twinkling trees and fruit and floral displays filling the rooms with delicious scents. Take your time as you meander through the spaces and get a sense of Frank Green's version of a historic house, and his eclectic collection of art and furniture. 

Decorative gingerbread man in a Christmas tree

For younger visitors...

Take on the challenge of spotting the gingerbread people as you explore. Some are where you might expect to find them, and others are hidden in the strangest of places!

Around the house

Each room takes on its own identity and tells a small part of the Christmas at Treasurer's House story.

Look out for Frank Green's reading nook in the West Sitting Room then head into the Drawing Room where the party is in full swing. Upstairs in the Queen's Room it's black and gold gifts, in contrast to the paper hellebores in the Tapestry Room and the King's Room is set up for bedtime on Christmas Eve.

Alongside Mr. Green, the servants would have found a little time to celebrate the season with their own homemade decorations along the stairs.

What a treat to wake up with these at the foot of your bed
Close up of gift boxes wrapped in black and gold
What a treat to wake up with these at the foot of your bed

In the garden

Outside, the Christmas trees lifts any seasonal gloom and although it might be too cold to linger for long, it's worth wrapping up and soaking in the festive atmosphere - with the Minster bells adding to the occasion.

For an outdoor challenge there are many more gingerbread characters to spot or frame up for that picture perfect social media pose. 

Free entry to National Trust members and under fives or normal admission charges apply. 

" After living in York for many years and not visiting, we thought it was time. Why haven't I been before was the question I was left with! The house itself is gorgeous and the history is very interesting. Add onto that the Christmas displays and decorations, what’s not to like? "
- TripAdvisor
Man and young browsing through a shop window

Christmas shopping 

Just a few strides around the corner is the large National Trust shop located on Goodramgate, opposite York Minster's east window. Expect everything you might need or want from decorations to cards, tasty treats and gift ideas...all supporting the conservation work of the charity.

Every penny you spend helps to support the care of National Trust places in York. Thank you.

The café remains closed this year, however we know the scones created by the team a few years back are a popular seasonal treat. Have a go at home with the recipe below or pick up one of the National Trust recipes books in the shop, the book of scones being the perfect option for budding bakers.  

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