Step back in time and explore rooms decorated as they would have been at Christmas over the past 400 years.

Sometimes one Christmas isn't enough. Visitors can experience several festive seasons at the Geffrye Museum, where authentic decorations, lighting, music and greenery bring to life the period living rooms as they might have been from the 1700s onwards – giving a glimpse into how the holiday has been celebrated in English homes over the past 400 years.

From feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games and hanging up stockings, from sending cards and decorating the tree to pulling crackers, giving gifts and throwing cocktail parties, Christmas Past reveals the stories behind the rich and vibrant festive traditions that have evolved through the centuries.

A fixture at the Geffrye for over 25 years, Christmas Past has become an annual visit for many; and this year's exhibition not only sees the year out, but bids a temporary farewell to the Geffrye before it closes for two years for a major development project.

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8EA

020 7739 9893

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The museum is now closed to undergo a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in spring 2020.

Throughout closure, the Geffrye's restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.

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