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Christmas at Treasurer's House

View through a large hall with decorated columns and a large Christmas tree
The journey starts in the Great Hall | © National Trust / Anthony Chappel-Ross

Discover beautiful and unique decorations and twinkling lights as we share stories of Frank Green's travels this Christmastime at Treasurer's House.

Christmas decorations

13 November to 17 December 2023, Saturday to Wednesday

Gifts from Afar

Expect the unexpected this Christmas as the stories found in Frank Green’s travel journals take centre stage. His far flung, and at times far fetched, tales are the inspiration for a truly unique Christmas offer.

Inside the period rooms, 1920s design elements mingle with modern touches to create a timeless Christmas and you're invited to wander at your own pace, making memories as you explore. Many of the decorations are hand made by the talented team of volunteers who decorate the house. This season is the biggest Christmas yet.

Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm (last entry 3.15pm), booking not required and tours are paused during the festive season.

Look out for...

  • Fresh bedding and Bovril - how many suitcases does one man need?
  • Joyeux Noel - head to the Blue Drawing Room for a festive French soiree
  • Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Kala Christougena - Merry Christmas from Greece
  • One of the worlds wonders - the most ambitious and creative installation in the house yet
  • Bears, binoculars and Swiss roll - follow the footprints for a super selfie moment
  • Very few journeys run smoothly but most of us don’t get accused of smuggling on our holidays
  • Two Christmas trees and decorated columns in the garden, at their twinkly best as the light fades

Especially for families

The Green family crest is a stag. This season spot the sixteen stags as you explore the decorated rooms.

Part of the National Trust decoration range, if you like them...trot round to the shop for a souvenir of this year's festive visit.

Customers browsing in the National Trust gift shop, York
Customers browsing in the National Trust gift shop, York | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Christmas shopping in York

Continue your day out at the large National Trust shop around the corner from the house where you can pick up everything you need for your home, including decorations, Christmas cards and calendars. There's also a great range of gifts inspired by the places cared for by the National Trust, as well as locally-sourced artisan crafts, food and drink.

Christmas food and drink

Visit the basement café and take advantage of the festive flavours on the daily menu, from toasted sandwiches and freshly baked scones and cakes to hot drinks with a splash of syrup or toppings.

A taste of what to expect...

  • Turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwich (vegan alternative available)
  • Brie, cranberry and spinach toastie
  • Christmas cake
  • Chocolate and orange shortbread
  • Gingerbread latte with whipped cream and a sprinking of cinnamon

Off the scale delicious. That first bite...will remain with me for a very long time.

A quote by Sarah Merker Scone Blogger

The Christmas pudding scone returns

This year, the Scone Blogger completed her mission to try scones at every National Trust place. When asked her favourite, we're thrilled to say the seasonal scone invented by the team at Treasurer's House was it, scoring 5+ out of 5. The scone returns this festive season when the house is decorated.

Christmas past

Here's a selection of some of the decorations and rooms from the previous few years as a hint of what you might expect...

View along a decorated banister towards a Christmas tree in the background
Soak in the stories in among the decorations | © National Trust / Anthony Chappel-Ross

Themed stories

Inspired by the collection, the William and Mary staircase was transformed in readiness for the local ball.

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View across a historic room with a woman decorating a Christmas tree

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