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Victorian Christmas Market

Actors will take shoppers back in time by walking around the market dressed up in authentic Victorian clothing. A joyful gathering of local Brass Bands, Musicians, Players and Carollers will be raising spirits and warming hearts



Make Your Christmas Season Bright!

Biltmore’s modern-day Christmas celebration is modeled on that first Christmas, with an elaborately decorated, 34-foot tall Fraser Fir dominating the Banquet Hall.  Guests will see 57 Biltmore Christmas trees throughout Biltmore House, each intricately designed and decorated by members of Biltmore’s floral team.


Christmas at Windsor Castle

In the State Dining Room the table will be set with glittering silver-gilt, including items from the spectacular Grand Service commissioned by George IV and still used by The Queen and her guests at State Banquets today. Christmas Season at Windsor Castle evokes a sense of how the royal family celebrated Christmases past.


Victorian Christmas at the Doll's House Museum

Hundreds of beautiful Christmas ornaments decorate feather Christmas trees and convey an impression of the splendour of Christmas in the Victorian times. Many of our modern-day Christmas customs have their roots in Victorian Christmas traditions. Although the Christmas tree is not a British achievement, it probably owes its worldwide popularity to Prince Consort Albert who introduced the custom in England. Santa Claus also comes from Victorian England. He went by the name of “Father Christmas” and brought the children their gifts on Christmas Eve. 


Macy's Helps Us Believe Again!

Yes, VirginiaMacy’s stores across the country are featuring letter-writing Believe Stations and Santa Mail letterboxes for believers of all ages to write and drop off letters – stamped and addressed to Santa At The North Pole. New elements of the annual campaign benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation include technology that brings “Yes, Virginia” characters to life and a one-of-a-kind celebrity tree auction. The “Believe” campaign is rooted in a letter to the editor of the New York Sun written by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897 asking if there is a Santa Claus.


Gettysburg American Christmas

Take a trip back in time to the festive Gettysburg Area and kick-off the Christmas Season!  Gettysburg Christmas celebration includes period-dressed hosts on hand to give a tour and brief history lesson about each property and a candlelight tour of Christ Lutheran Church complete with Christmas music. At Yuletide Gettysburg visitors spent the day visiting holiday decorated inns and exclusive historic properties.


Gilded Age Christmas

This holiday season at the Frick family home, visitors will all the trimmings of a traditional Gilded Age Christmas. Christmas puddings were sweet and flavorful, full of currants, raisins, cinnamon, and cloves, and served with a rich sauce Pudding recipes and holiday menus from period cookbooks and ladies’ magazines will provide examples of foods that may have been served at a 19th-century holiday meal.


Traditional Christmas in Williamsburg

Residents of 18th Century Williamsburg Observed Feast of the Nativity as a Holy Day. Many colonists spent the day quietly in their homes and at the parish church, where attendance for Christmas morning communion was expected. Home entertaining during the Williamsburg Christmas holiday emphasized feasting as varied and plentiful as pocketbooks would allow. Virginians continued the traditional holiday foods from England—roast beef and goose, plum pudding and mincemeat pies—and the colony contributed additional delicacies. Christmas holiday guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area enjoy the lighting of cressets on Duke of Gloucester Street, the main thoroughfare of Virginia’s restored 18th-century capital.


Dicken's Christmas Fair

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco re-creates a corner of Charles Dickens' London, warmly lit and gaily decorated, with streets, shops, pubs, tearooms, lecture halls, theatres, a grand Music Hall, the London Dockside - an old-time world for the entire family to explore for hours on end. Fairgoers of all ages are invited to discover the characters of Charles Dickens' London face-to-face, as costumed players join to re-create an authentically Victorian holiday atmosphere.  Visit Dicken's Victorian Christmas with over 3 acres of exhibition halls are magically transformed into a Victorian Christmas card come to life.


Christmas on a Victorian Estate

On Christmas Eve 1895, George Washington Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to his friends and family. An emphasis on Vanderbilt family history played a large part 2010’s Victorian Christmas celebration. See pictures.

Twelfth Night Gala


Party like it’s 1892 at the annual Twelfthnight Gala with traditional christmas dinner, period food, manners, fashion, music and dancing. The annual Twelfthnight gala of the North Star Chapter, Victorian Society in America, lets closet Victorians come out in style with period food, manners, fashion, music and dancing. The Ramsey House and other Victorian institutions carry strong associations with Christmas. A period-style holiday party seemed in order for the chapter, but the board of directors in charge of planning events preferred Twelfthnight time, when members would be past the holiday-fried stage.