The Christmas tree (which was brought to England from Germany by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband) is one of the many Christmas traditions that can be traced to the Victorian era. Venues that capture the magic of a Victorian Christmas are ideal for corporate Christmas events.
In the United Kingdom, from November 28, 2015 to January 3, 2016, the National Trust, which manages over 300 historical sites, has a number of event venues that are beautifully decorated to reflect Christmas during the Victorian era.
Standen House and Garden
At Standen House and Garden, the theme is a family Christmas. Displays reflect Christmas celebrations from the Victorian era to the present.
Through the theme A Very Victorian Christmas, Tyntesfield, a Victorian Gothic Revival estate in North Somerset, is giving visitors a glimpse at how the servants and members of the Gibbs family celebrated Christmas. Private and corporate groups can book the venue and the catering department can provide hot or cold buffets using local sustainable ingredients.
Below stairs, the servants quarters and historical kitchens at this spacious 17th century mansion have been decorated for the festive season.
During the festive season, there will be wreath making workshops and cooking demonstrations. Every Saturday and Sunday, Costumed "servants" will prepare traditional festive treats to reflect the theme A Christmas Confection. A Christmas fair will take place on the weekend before Christmas.
During the 3 weekends before Christmas, another National Trust venue will be open to the public.
With the theme A Christmas Carol and traditional Victorian Christmas decorations, during the last 3 weekends before Christmas, Tredegar House will celebrate the season with Christmas parlor games from the Victorian era, sing-a-longs with the choir, and cooking.
Naturally, Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Christmas to come will put in an appearance.
Photo Credits: National Trust Images/Chris Lacey, National Trust Images/Nadia Mackenzie