Vintage Georgian Christmas at Fairfax House, York

PUBLISHED: 14:30 05 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:24 20 February 2013

Vintage Georgian Christmas at Fairfax House, York

Vintage Georgian Christmas at Fairfax House, York

Experience a more natural Christmas this year with inspiration from bygone times

There are many of us who are looking for a greener way of celebrating this Christmas and some are making their own decorations as well as presents to give to family and friends.

There is encouragement and ideas to be found at Fairfax House, in York, one of the countrys finest Georgian houses, where the family once enjoyed the festive season with homegrown produce and their own handmade art and crafts to give to loved ones.

The decorations, tableware and food are sumptious and are part of an exhibition at the house called Keeping of Christmas. Hannah Phillip, director of Fairfax House, talks us through the displays.

Make your own

There is the opportunity to be hands-on and make your own Georgian Christmas decorations with a workshop (Sunday, December 11th at 1.30pm-4.30pm) where you learn to make and take home your own stunning Kissing Bough, an ancient North Country Christmas decoration with crown of candles sitting on top of a hemisphere of evergreens with a ring of apples and bough of mistletoe below.

The Festive Season at Fairfax House culminates with an activity for all the family Storytelling: Winter Tales from around the World (Sunday, December 18th and Wednesday, December 21st at 4.00pm) performed by Jenna Drury of Mud Pie Arts. There will be hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies.

Fairfax House is open Tuesday Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm and Sunday 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Guided tours are also available at 11am and 2pm on Mondays. For more information visit the website at

The print version of this article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life

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