Is this the most Christmassy venue in York?

With beautifully wrapped presents in the fireplace and luxurious trimmings winding up the spectacular staircase, it looks like the set of a particularly lavish Christmas movie.

Treasurer’s House

Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL

Thurs-Sun till Dec 17, 11am-4.30pm

£3.85-£7.70; National Trust members free

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But this is York’s own Treasurer’s House, decked out as it would have been for an Edwardian Christmas.

The National Trust has given the house, in the shadow of York Minster, a magical makeover.

The Great Hall has gifts in its fireplace and under the tree, while the decorations twinkle under the chandelier found over the main staircase.

In the next few weeks Treasurer’s House will host Father Christmas, festive crafting and seasonal home-cooked treats.

The staircase trimmings

This is Treasurer’s Edwardian-style Christmas tree
Decorations always look better in the light of a chandelier
Festive greenery in the Great Hall

Inspired by the opulent style of Frank Green, the last owner of the house, he period rooms of the house are decorated with garlands, wreaths and fireplace floral displays.

Little ones will love the magical trip up to the attic grotto to visit Father Christmas during December weekends, where you can listen to stories and receive a gift.

And you can make your own Christmas tree decorations to take home.

A festive welcome to the historic house

Candlelight featured large in the Edwardians’ Christmas


Plenty of room for a festive party in the Great Hall

The pillars trimmed up a treat

If you’ve then worked up an appetite, follow your nose of the smells that fill the house and head downstairs to the Below Stairs Café.

The new winter menu includes boeuff bourguignon in a Yorkshire pudding and the legendary Treasurer’s House Christmas pudding scone – served warm with brandy butter.

Winter flowers add a festive touch
The decorations were inspired by Frank Green
Another fireplace features a wreath
Some Christmas greenery in the tapestry room
A wider view of the Great Hall fireplace