A Georgian Christmas at Quebec House
Step back in time for a traditional Georgian Christmas at Quebec House in Kent. Experience the magic of Christmas through the eyes of the Wolfe children with a shadow puppet theatre, whimsical boats and a spectacular gingerbread house. Enjoy spiced hot chocolate and write a Christmas card with a wax seal.
Christmas in the house
Weekends from 25 November–17 December, 11am–2pm. Normal admission applies.
Quebec House will be beautifully decorated for Christmas in true Georgian style. This year, the decorations are inspired by General James Wolfe as a boy. Come and see how James and his brother Ned would have experienced Christmastime as children growing up at Quebec House.
A roaring fire will greet you upon entering the house, the hearth lined with ivy. In the Schoolroom there will be a mini shadow puppet theatre with velvet curtains. Through this ancient form of storytelling, watch performances the Greek myths. Children can dress up and make their own shadow puppet to take home.
As you climb the stairs, the bannisters will be strewn with greenery with paper boats sailing atop the feathery waves. Imagine the boys dreaming of being out at sea as they head up to bed. The boys’ bedroom will be set for a cosy night’s sleep with their classic Georgian nightclothes, nightcaps and slippers all laid out. Hot chocolate waits in little teacups with books ready for bedtime stories.
A Georgian feast
Discover a sumptuous Christmas banquet, as would have been hosted by the Wolfe family in Georgian times. Step into the Parlour where the family’s feast will be laid out including a soup course, oysters, venison pies and twelfth cake amongst ivy towers of decorations and biscuits.
Back by popular demand, the spectacular gingerbread model of Quebec House will be on display in the Drawing Room next to a streetlamp made of sugar paste.
In the kitchen, our volunteer cooks will be preparing delicious bakes from the cookbook of James and Ned's mother, Henrietta Wolfe.
Taste these 18thcentury treats for yourself next door in the Coach House. Made to traditional Georgian recipes, we'll be brewing both spiced hot chocolate and port hot chocolate. Which one will take your fancy?
Visit the Coach House to write a Georgian Christmas card using a quill pen. Close the envelope with a wax seal and take it away to post to your loved ones.
Thursday 30 November, 4–7pm. Free community event.
Get into the festive mood and join us for a special late-night opening at Quebec House this Christmas. See the house beautifully decorated and enjoy special Georgian treats.
The children of Churchill School in Westerham will be singing carols in the garden from 5pm. Keep warm with a cup of hot chocolate while you listen.
Father Christmas will be switching on the Christmas lights in Westerham at 6pm.
Explore this Georgian town house where General James Wolfe grew up. Discover information about his military life, including the Battle of Quebec after which the house is named.
Quebec House is a one pawprint rated place. Dogs are welcome to stroll around the garden with you and enjoy a dog-eye view of the flower borders. Why not try a walk from nearby Chartwell to stretch their legs first?
Bring your group to Quebec House, the childhood home of General James Wolfe, and discover what makes this 18th-century house in Westerham, Kent, so special.
Plan a festive family day out and meet Father Christmas in his grotto this Christmas. You can even settle down for a storytelling session or leave a gift at a reverse grotto at some of the places in our care.