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Traditional Christmas Past Events 

Kensington Palace: Historic Royal Palaces

Victorian Christmas

For a truly royal Victorian Christmas experience why not visit the home of where Princess Victoria was born, grew up and later became Queen.



Tasty Talks: Christmas Dinner Delights

16th & 19th December


Music At The Palace: The Prince Regent’s Band will be providing Victorian Christmas Carols and festive brass music


Storytelling and Victorian Christmas Objects: Get your hands on some original Victorian Christmas objects, with storytelling told by Baroness Lezhen, Princess Victoria’s governess.


Seasonal Decorations & Flower Displays: The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies have made a display of traditional Victorian Flower arrangements


Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX

Weekends in December and 27th December - 3rd January

Snow Baroque Palace: Historic Royal Palaces

Elizabethan Christmas

If you’ve ever wanted to know how Queen Elizabeth I celebrated Christmas in 1593 now’s your chance to find out.

You’ll be entertained with the sounds of Elizabethan music and festive songs, with masque-like dancers all around the palace.

If you get peckish pop down to the Tudor kitchens, where they will be busy preparing Royal festive foods.


Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

 27th December 2015 – 3rd January 2016 Daily between 11:30 – 3pm

Drawing Room, Charles Dickens Museum

Dickensian Christmas

Experience how Christmas was celebrated through the eyes of the great Victorian author, Charles Dickens. With holly and ivy decking and using true sights, sounds and smells, the rooms where he lived and worked have been transformed to create a Dickensian Christmas.


Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, WC1N

Wartime Christmas

Discover how people celebrated the festive season on the Home Front during the First World War. You’ll also be able to decorate your own Christmas wreath.


Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ

20th - 23rd and 27th - 31st December 

Christmas Past - Seasonal Traditions In English Homes

Travel back 400 years in time to see how families celebrated Christmas. 


Event Highlight

Christmas Past - Tuesday 24th November 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016 (closed 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January 2016). Free, no booking required.


Geffrye Museum - 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8EA.

Tuesday 24th November 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016 (closed 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January 2016)


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