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Christmas Past

Tuesday 21 November 2017 - Sunday 7 January 2018. Free entry

1935 period room at Christmas Past - photo Hannah Taylor

1935 period room at Christmas Past - photography Hannah Taylor

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas today and step back through time to Christmas Past.

Authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery transform the museum’s period living rooms, giving an evocative glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English homes over the past 400 years. Seasonal food and drink will be on the menu in the café and the shop will be full of Christmas decorations and cards, stylish home-wares, gifts and treats.


Christmas Events

Workshop: Jewellery Making

Hackney arts ring workshop

Saturday 2 December, 2 - 4pm. Tickets £30 (includes all materials)

Design and sculpt stylish wax rings which can be given as gifts or later be cast into silver.

Book tickets.


Workshop: Christmas Greenery

Sunday 3 December, 1.30 - 4.30pm. Tickets: £55, £50 concs (includes all materials)

Saturday 9 December, 1.30 - 4.30pm. Tickets: £55, £50 concs (includes all materials)

Christmas greenery workshop

Join the Geffrye gardeners to create a wonderful seasonal wreath for your home using fresh greenery.

Book tickets.


Seasonal Talk

Saturday 9 December, 11.30am and repeated at 3pm. Free

Explore Christmas traditions throughout the centuries with the Christmas Past curator.


Family Workshop: Christmas Sparkle

Saturday 9 December, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Christmas workshop for families

Create some Christmas magic for your home in this decoration-making activity.

Free, drop-in, places on a first come, first served basis.


A Capella Concert by Candlelight

Wednesday 13 December. Museum opens at 7.30pm, concert 8pm. Tickets: £22 / £19 concs (includes a glass of sherry or port and a mince pie)

Friday 15 December. Museum opens at 7.30pm, concert 8pm. Tickets: £22 / £19 concs (includes a glass of sherry or port and a mince pie)

Renowned ensemble Bocca Aperta return by popular request to perform two stirring recitals of Christmas music.

Book tickets.


Festive After Hours

Thursday 14 December, 4 - 9pm. Free

Crafty Fox Market

Celebrate the season at this special Christmas extravaganza which has something for everyone! Featuring the ever-popular Crafty Fox Christmas market, craft activities for children and adults, seasonal talks and greenery demonstrations, music, street food and a bar.


Farewell to Christmas and Closing Party

Saturday 6 January and Sunday 7 January 2018

Help us say goodbye with a bang to both Christmas and the museum which will be closing on Sunday 7 January for almost two years for a transformational development project. Enjoy street food, winter cocktails, live music and bargains in the shop's big sale.

Epiphany Celebration

Saturday 6 January, 3.30 - 5pm

Farewell to Christmas at the Geffrye Museum of the Home

Warm up by the bonfire and enjoy Epiphany stories, carols, Twelfth Night cake and mulled wine.

Meet the Team

Sunday 7 January, 10am - 5pm

Hear about all our exciting plans for Unlocking the Geffrye.


Corporate keyhole logo for Geffrye Museum