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Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes at The Geffrye Museum

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Christmas Past at The Geffrye Museum: a drawing room in 1870. Photo: Chris Ridley
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Explore festive fashions and traditions through the ages with Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes at the Geffrye Museum.

Every year, the museum’s period rooms are transformed for Christmas using seasonal decorations, lighting, greenery and music; each one representing a different era in English history.

See how the festive season was celebrated in English middle-class homes, and discover the origins and meanings of Christmas traditions such as Christmas stockings, Christmas cards, parlour games, Christmas crackers and kissing under the mistletoe.

After being inspired by the exhibition, drop by the museum shop to pick up gifts and Christmas decorations for your own home, and sample a festive menu in the cafe. Plus, take a look at the museum’s festive programme of events, including a late opening, Christmas fair, carols and more to make the most of your visit.

This is also your last chance to visit the museum before it closes for a two-year redevelopment.

Venue Details & Map

Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road
E2 8EA
+44 (0)20 7739 9893
Public transport:
Hoxton station (London Overground) is directly behind the museum. Liverpool Street: Bishopsgate exit, then bus 149 or 242 Old Street: exit 2, then bus 243 or a 15-minute walk

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