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Christmas at the Birmingham Back to Backs

Image shows the kitchen table in the foreground with eggs, vegetables and the box for herbs and spices. Holly and ivy form the centrepiece in an earthenware jug. The gas lamp casts a gentle glow over the table. In the background the Christmas tree glows with faux candle lights. It looks a warm and cosy scene from the past.
The parlour of the Oldfield's house decorated in an 1870s style for Christmas | © National Trust Images / Anne-Marie Hayes

In 2023 we invite you to get into the festive spirit with a trip back in time this Christmas at the Back to Backs. We'll be decking the court with festive decorations, hand-made by our lovely volunteers, holding a Carols in the Courtyard event and we'll have lots of sustainable gift ideas in our second-hand bookshop.

Guided tours

Step back in Christmas-time at the Birmingham Back to Backs this year. Each of the Christian houses will be festooned with decorations in this year’s theme – a ‘Fashionable Christmas’. Our theme takes inspiration from George Saunders, a master tailor who worked at the Back to Backs on Hurst Street, and our current exhibition in partnership with BCU - where fashion students took George’s patterns, unused for more than 20 years, and created new garments.

Based on the designs created Sarah Moore, from the Garment Technology department at BCU, all the decorations you’ll see in our houses are hand-made; either by our wonderful volunteers or by Sarah. Making a visit this Christmas even more special - and the perfect reason to come back for another visit, or even start a new Christmas tradition.

Book your visit to the Birmingham Back to Backs here.

Christmas events at the Birmingham Back to Backs

Unfortunately our Christmas event, Carols in the Courtyard, has sold out.

Buy a sustainable Christmas gift

Second-hand books are the gift that keeps on giving. If you're looking to reduce your environmental impact this Christmas, buy some gifts from Court 15 Books. Second-hand books make great Secret Santa presents and we have lots of children's and young adult books in excellent condition.

Learn more about our second-hand bookshop here.