Christmas at the V&A

Ran from 3 December 2016 to 6 January 2017

A traditional Victorian Christmas celebration took place at both the V&A in South Kensington and the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, with a month of spectacular displays, installations, family activities, film screenings and performances.

Festival Highlights

Greetings card, John Callcott Horsley, 1843, England. MSL.3293-1987. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mistletoe brooch, G. Fouquet, about 1903, France. Museum no. M.19-1979. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Christmas decorations (glass), Krebsglas, about 1990, Germany. Museum no. C.334-1993. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Christmas pudding plate, Eric Ravilious, 1938, England. Museum no. CIRC.309-1961. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Christmas cracker, Tom Smith & Company, 1927, London, United Kingdom. Museum no. S.96-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cup, Jorg Ruel, about 1600, Nuremberg, Germany. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.60:2-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Poster advertising the Grand Christmas Pantomime at the Surrey Theatre, 1878, United Kingdom. Museum no. S.16-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Christmas Cake for Children, tin, W & R Jacob and Co., 1936, England. Museum no. M.487-1983. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Presepio nativity figure, 19th – 20th century. Museum no. MISC.1:1 to 224-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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