East London’s Geffrye Museum of the English home shows how dramatically Christmas celebrations have changed over the past four centuries in this fascinating exhibition, with appropriate seasonal decorations for its 11 period rooms.
Christmas in the mid-17th century was banned by the Puritans, but came back for the Restoration (1660). The lavish affair of today, including the essential tree, only arrived with Queen Victoria in the 19th century.
The museum café has festive menus and home-made drinks, with unusual gifts in the shop.
A wreath-making workshop takes place on December 11, with a concert by candlelight on December 17, when there is also a night market organised by Crafty Fox featuring 70 stalls for designer-makers/artists, plus workshops, DJs and a café/bar.
Now until January 3, 136 Kingsland Road, E2.Reuse content