Celebrate a 1920s Christmas at Upton

Dining room table at Christmas in crystal and silver

If you’re looking for something a little different this Christmas, Upton House has the answer with a festive calendar of events and the chance to see first hand how the new owners in the 1920s created a Christmas family home perfectly in keeping with the arrival of the jazz era.

It’s 90 years since Lord and Lady Bearsted purchased Upton House near Banbury and set about turning it into a comfortable and desirable country home.  This Christmas you can follow the renovations they made and witness the before and after transformation as they set about creating a ‘made to measure’ Christmas.

Visitors to the house will take a copy of an interiors magazine to guide them through the latest styles and advice for a 1920s Christmas. You'll be able to draw inspiration from 1920s house and garden experts and see decorated rooms in the house bring to life hints and tips from the pages of homes and interiors magazines of the period.

Pick up tips on how to wrap and give gifts like the did in the 1920s
View of presents on chair in bedroom with bed behind
Pick up tips on how to wrap and give gifts like the did in the 1920s

The house will showcase the transition of festive decoration schemes and customs from the Victorian age to the jazz era, including new colour schemes, gift suggestions, wrapping styles, children’s games and costumes, the customary Christmas dance and festive food.

Art Deco highlights in the house include the crystal and silver dining room and a department store feature upstairs, complete with a 1920s Christmas window display.

The festive calendar of events includes a Christmas gift fayre, a series of crafting workshops and themed evening tours around the house. As well as a family trail each weekend with the chance to see Father Christmas.

Images of Christmas baubles covered with beading

Crafting for Christmas at Upton House

From wreaths making to beaded baubles, there's something new to try at one of our workshops.

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