Tuesday 24 November 2015 – Sunday 3 January 2016
Each year, the Geffrye Museum’s period living rooms are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery, to illustrate how Christmas has been celebrated over the past 400 years. The exhibition brings to life/highlights many 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. Christmas Past has been mounted at the Geffrye for over 20 years and on-going, original research into the history of Christmas adds a new dimension to the displays each year. A perennial favourite with visitors, many comment that the show has become an essential part of their own Christmas traditions and celebrations. The accompanying events programme will have a 17th century theme and will include: a special open evening with festive music and activities; an ‘a capella’ concert by candlelight; and festive decoration workshops for adults and children. Seasonal food will be served in the café and unusual gifts, cards and Christmas decorations will be in the shop.