Christmas Past

This Christmas season the Geffrye will be opening its doors for the last time for 2 years! Dramatic as that sounds the Geffrye that returns will be better than ever before as they undertake a huge project to transform the museum with Unlocking the Geffrye. In the meantime, an invitation for you to time travel through 400 years of Christmas Past awaits and there is no time like the present. Authentic music, lighting and greenery will transform period living rooms so you can journey through the decades.

Much of Christmas tradition has changed from feasting to dancing to parlour games but some traditions remain. Find out when we started stealing kisses under the mistletoe and hanging our stockings. What did the first Christmas cards look like and have Christmas Cracker jokes always been terrible? Christmas Past reveals the stories behind our favourite festive traditions and how they’ve evolved through the centuries.

The Geffrye’s Christmas Past has quite a history itself and families have been visiting the museum as part of their seasonal tradition for 25 years. With Festive food and drink on the menu in the café your day is sure to be very satisfying and indulgent.

THMs members can also enjoy 10% off in The Geffrye’s amazing gift shop full of beautifully made homeware, decorations and Christmas cards. Just show them your THMs card.

There are a few spaces left on their workshops and special events throughout the Christmas season. Some are getting quite busy and some have already sold out so hurry to book before it’s too late.

Christmas Past Workshops and Special Events

Christmas Greenery
Sunday 3 and Saturday 9 December, 1.30-4.30pm

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

Tickets £55/£50 concs (includes materials and short curator talk). 

To book:  020 7749 6024 or 

Christmas Sparkle Family Workshop
Saturday 9 December, 10.30am-4.30pm, free

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

Drop-in – places first come, first served.

Festive After Hours
Thursday 14th December, 4-9pm, free

Soak up the magical festive atmosphere at this after hours special.  Explore the Christmas rooms, hunt for unusual gifts at the Crafty Fox Christmas market, and enjoy crafts, music, curator talks, greenery demonstrations, street food and hot cocktails.

Crafty Fox Workshop:  Knit your own Christmas Wreath
Knit and decorate a Christmas Wreath with I Make Knots.

Two-hour workshop, 4pm or 7pm.  £35 including all materials.  Book at:

Farewell Party Weekend
January 6th & 7th

Come and help say goodbye with a bang to both Christmas and to the museum which will be closing on Sunday 7 January for two years for the Unlocking the Geffrye development project. See the Christmas rooms for the last time and join in the Geffrye’s traditional Epiphany celebration. Enjoy live music and performances, street food, workshops, winter cocktails and special offers in the shop and cafe.

Farewell Party Christmas
Saturday 6th, 3:30-5pm

Enjoy a cozy bonfire in the front gardens of the Geffrye with carols, epiphany stories and music from the London Orphean Brass Band. Taste a Twelfth Night Cake and warm your spirits with mulled wine.

Closing Day Party
Sunday 7th, 10am-5pm

Take part in craft workshops, tuck into winter-warming food and drink, meet the museum team, be entertained with live music and performances by drag queen Timberlina and punk-pop-poet showgirl Brigitte Aphrodite, and join in a farewell sing-along around the piano.

Further Information:

Dates: Tue 21st Nov 10:00am – Sun 7th Jan 2018 5:00pm

Location: 136 Kingsland Road,  London,  E2 8EA


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