The Keeping of Christmas at Fairfax House

The Keeping of Christmas 2011: Christmas decorations in the Dining Room at Fairfax House, YorkOur annual celebration of Christmas in Georgian style is now under way at Fairfax House. As part of The Keeping of Christmas the house is decorated with eighteenth-century garlands of foliage, fruit and flowers, and the tables in the Dining Room, the Library and the Saloon are embellished by richly symbolic displays of appropriately festive food and drink. In the Library we have a Georgian Christmas breakfast, including an enormous cheese, on the Dining Room table is an elaborate temple with formal gardens set with statues, all made from moulded and sculpted sugar, while upstairs in the Saloon a Christmas tree is on display – a Christmas tree in the Georgian rather than the Victorian manner, with crib figures placed around it in honour of Christ’s Nativity. In the Kitchen can be found Christmas garlands including mistletoe, which the Catholic Fairfaxes would not allow anywhere else in the house because of its pagan associations. For a preview of the festive delights on offer, have a look at our Keeping of Christmas image gallery.

Come and visit us for a unique Christmas experience – for full details click the links here, visit the Fairfax House website, contact Fairfax House on 01904 655543 or call in during House opening hours.

Advanced warning: Fairfax House’s winter closure will run from 1 January to 9 February 2012. The house will be closed to the public during that time, and will re-open on Friday 10 February at 10:00 am for the new season.

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