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A Season for Giving at Fairfax House aims to celebrate and thank all those who have given so much to the York Civic Trust.

See Fairfax House in a new light with a brand-new Christmas installation, A Season for Giving. Take a festive journey through this magnificent townhouse and its collections where, room by room, atmospheric and magical scenes display the generous gifts bequeathed to York Civic Trust for the benefit of the people of York.

Join Noel Terry for a 1940s family Christmas and discover the story behind the many splendid gifts he left to the city of York. Then journey back in time and join a raucous Georgian Christmas dinner party where you can see a stunning collection of silverware purchased with bequests from Arthur Smallwood and Leslie Boothman sparkle in the candlelight.

A resplendent display of gifted antique porcelain will decorate the kitchen, whilst upstairs you will find a showcase of beautiful 18th-century costume and a gorgeous collection of historic clocks set to chime in unison, ending in the sumptuous surroundings of the saloon. Here, a Christmas installation and display of over 400 pieces of shimmering Georgian glassware are on display. gifted by John Butler.

Decorative artsCeramics18th century artYorkshireHistoric houseMuseum

Fairfax House

Castlegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9RN

01904 655543


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