Christmas traditions at Trerice

Christmas Day in the Elton family's sitting room

Christmases past are brought to life at Trerice this winter as traditions are celebrated. Revisit a 50s Christmas Day, hear stories of a very different Tudor Christmas and join in with our very own Trerice tradition.

An Elton family Christmas

In the North Chamber volunteers have worked together to create Christmas Day in the Elton family’s sitting room. A nostalgic Christmas of the 50s and 60s is brought to life with toys, games and decorations from volunteers’ personal collections.

The tree is dressed, paper chains hang from the ceiling, toys are unwrapped and Christmas cards line the fireplace. It’s a familiar and nostalgic image for many and a snapshot brought to life for those a little younger!

Christmas Day in the Elton family's sitting room
The North Chamber dressed for a 50s Christmas

A visit from Father Christmas...

Tudor Father Christmas tells stories of Christmases even the oldest of us won’t remember in the Great Chamber. Revisiting a time when mince pies weren’t quite the same as the ones we know now, he tells stories that paint a sumptuous picture of a very different Christmas.

With gifts for the children and magical stories for everyone it’s a popular event that shouldn’t be missed. There are five performances daily, with tickets available on the day in reception - Children £3.50 each, adults £2.50.

Tudor Father Christmas in the Great Chamber at Trerice

Tudor Father Christmas 

Christmas at Trerice wouldn't be complete without a visit from Father Christmas...

A sky of stars

A new tradition was started at Trerice in 2014 when gold, plaster stars were hung for the first time in the ceiling of the barn restaurant. The stars now symbolise the beginning of the festive period at Trerice; staff and volunteers from across the teams work together to make, sort and hang them.

Take part in the Trerice tradition and decorate your own stars for the tree at home on 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 December from 11-3pm. The stars are £1 for 1, £1.50 for 2 or £2 for 3 – making them perfect for the whole family to work together to paint a set.

Plaster stars hanging from the barn ceiling
Gold plaster stars in the barn restaurant