See How Londoners Have Celebrated Christmas Through The Decades

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See How Londoners Have Celebrated Christmas Through The Decades

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Geffrye Museum.

The Geffrye almshouses lit up for Christmas. Photo by Hannah Taylor.

Christmas in London is busy. It's loud. It's bright, and in-your-face — and sometimes you just need a break from it all. One of our favourite museums, Hoxton's Geffrye Museum, is inviting Londoners to escape the hustle and bustle and turn back the clocks to Christmas Past (and we have a £50 museum shop voucher to give away, too).

Running for more than 25 years, this annual festive celebration sees the museum's period living rooms decked out in authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery, giving an evocative glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English homes from 1600 to the present day. From feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games and hanging up stockings, Christmas Past reveals the stories behind the rich and vibrant festive traditions that have evolved through the centuries.

A living room in 1965. Photo by Chris Ridley.

The festive celebrations run until 7 January, and as always, entry is completely free. Seasonal food and drink are on the menu and there's a range of events.  Soak up the atmosphere at a special Festive After Hours on Thursday 14 December, 4-9pm, where you can explore the Christmas rooms, hunt for unusual gifts at the Crafty Fox Christmas market, and enjoy crafts, music, curator talks, greenery demonstrations, street food and hot cocktails.

And don't forget: this is your last chance to see the Geffrye before it closes its doors to the public on 7 January for a transformational, two-year redevelopment project. A special weekend closing party will take place on the final weekend of opening, giving visitors the chance to visit the Christmas rooms for the last time, join in Epiphany celebrations around the bonfire, enjoy street food, winter cocktails, live music, a glimpse behind the scenes and bargains in the shop's sale.

The Geffrye curators decking out the Edwardian room

Speaking of the Geffrye Christmas Shop, it's a fantastic place to pick up some gifts for loved ones this Christmas. It's filled to the brim with decorations, cards, stylish homewares, gifts and treats — and to help you on your way (or maybe just to treat yourself...), we're giving away a £50 voucher to spend at the museum until 7 January 2018. To enter, simply enter your details below and we'll be in touch with the winner.

By entering this competition, you agree that Londonist will share your details with Geffrye Museum. The competition closes on 14 December at 12 noon.


Last Updated 14 December 2017