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Future exhibitions and displays

Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes

Tuesday 22 November 2016 - Sunday 8 January 2017. Free

A Hall in 1630 at Christmas Past at the Geffrye photographed by Jayne Lloyd

Each year, authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery transform the Geffrye’s period rooms, giving visitors an evocative insight into how Christmas has been celebrated in middle-class homes in England over the past 400 years. Step back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of some of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas 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.

View our Christmas Past press release.