Christmas Past @ Geffrye Museum

geffrye-christmas-pastLeading up to Christmas, why not visit the Geffrye Museum and discover 400 years of seasonal traditions in English homes in their new exhibition Christmas Past.

Christmas Past offers visitors a fascinating insight into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes from 1600 to the present day.

Each year, authentic festive decorations transform the museum’s eleven period rooms, creating a vivid and telling picture of how earlier generations of Londoners celebrated Christmas.

The rooms provide the perfect setting for visitors to explore the origins of some of the rich and colourful traditions of Christmases past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties.

Throughout the exhibition, festive food will be served in the restaurant and visitors can hunt for original gifts, decorations, cards and books in the shop.


The Geffrye is located in Shoreditch just minutes from the City of London.

Opening Hours:

The museums’s eleven period rooms and special exhibitions are open at the following times:

  • Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays 12 – 5pm
  • Closed Mondays (unless Bank Holiday), Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day

To book for any ticketed events contact the Bookings Officer on 020 7739 9893 or by email.