The joy of Christmas at Treasurer's House

Little girl face to face with a decoration reindeer

Christmas at Treasurer's House is a magical thing; see the house in all its glory as Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands fill every room with twinkling lights, glittering decorations and festive cheer. This is the perfect place to escape the bustle of the high street and soak up the atmosphere and wonder of a Christmas past.

Open daily, 9 November - 21 December 2019, 11am - 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

Free entry to National Trust members and under fives, or normal admission charges apply for the house. Free entry for all to the café and garden. 

A visit to the house

Join us as we step back in time to a Christmas of days past. Start off your visit in the house, beautifully decorated for Christmas. The period rooms of the house are transformed with decorations throughout, including gifts and garlands, twinkling trees and fruit and floral displays filling the rooms with delicious smells. Be transported to a 1920s party with the glittering remnants in the darkened Blue Drawing Room; no need to do the clearing up for this one though. 


Each room is full of twinkle and cheer
Christmas tree in the corner of a stone room with lights
Each room is full of twinkle and cheer

For little treasures

Lots to do for all the family including making and creating a wish and hanging it on the tree in the exhibition space. Search the nooks and crannies of the house for the naughty gnomes before they tuck into the Christmas treats and get creative with the festive colouring. 

A grotto with a difference

Weekends from Sunday 1 - Saturday 21 December 2019

*** fully sold out for 2019***

Father Christmas has crashed into the roof again - his GPS is terrible! Don't worry, we've set him up a special grotto in the attic. Grab a hard hat and head to the rooftops to listen to his stories and receive a gift. He's happy to welcome visitors in this most unusual of places and share his amazing adventures.

Suitable for age 5 years and over - you'll need to wear one of the hard hats provided and adventure through small doors and raised ledges. It's £8.50 per child with a free adult place, and normal admission also applies; free entry to National Trust members and under fives or see the house ticket prices. Booking ahead is recommended on 01904 624247.

Don't just take our word for it, read about the Little Vikings' visit to Father Christmas last year.

As we're sold out, if you're still looking for a family storytime experience, consider booking on Midwinter storytelling at nearby Brimham Rocks.

Father Christmas talks to a child about a present
Father Christmas talks to a child about a present
Father Christmas talks to a child about a present

Festive food

Round off your visit with a trip to the Below Stairs Café, serving delicious warming seasonal dishes; leave some room to sample the famous Christmas pudding scone. The café is the perfect escape from the busy streets and free to enter on open days.

" I have travelled 200 miles for a scone. That scone looks amazing and smells amazing. Surely it can't be as nice as I am anticipating? Readers, it was off the scale delicious. That first bite of Christmas pudding scone with brandy butter will remain with me for a very long time."
- Sarah Merker, scone blogger

If you're inspired, pick up the National Trust Cookbook as a gift or for yourself with this and many more recipes inspired by and created by the talented National Trust cooks and chefs, like our popular Christmas pudding scone.

Shopping in the city

We're spoiling you with choices when it comes to shopping and every penny helps to support the care of National Trust places near York. When you're at the café, visiting the house or passing by, head downstairs - no entry fee required to browse the small selection on offer below stairs at Treasurer's House.

For a full range, just around the corner from Treasurer's House is the large high street shop on Goodramgate. It's open daily (except Boxing Day and New Year's Day) and the friendly team will help you solve even the most difficult of gifting challenges.

Garlands adorn the impressive staircase
A chandelier hanging over a staircase decorated with foliage and red bows
Garlands adorn the impressive staircase

Prepare for Christmas at home on a wreath making workshop

Take inspiration from the house and create your own wreath to take home on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November, 10am - 1pm. Tickets cost £35 per person including cinnamon coffee, a mince pie and all the materials you would need. Booking essential on 01904 624247.

***Sorry now sold out for 2019***