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The Christmas House

Once Long ago in the depths of winter, when the sun had left and the sea ghosted into grey, threads of smoke began to rise from dwellings huddled in Hastings’ old fishing quarter. Fires were being lit. Bread was being baked. And little lights started to twinkle behind windows shuttered tight at 135 All Saints Street. A Christmas tale had begun.

The dark days of December provide an opportunity to experience first hand this fairytale home at Christmas, lit by candlelight and with log fires crackling. Filled with the smells of spiced wine and wood-smoke, and decorated with traditional Christmas decorations of blue fir and home-baked gingerbread, this is an enchanting experience. It’s like entering the pages of a Grimm’s brothers tale, both unimagined and unprecedented, and sets a poetry for the Christmas festivities to come. Driven by his fascination with beauty, Alastair’s individualistic and pure vision is augmented by an acute sense of time and space, and a preoccupation with the unreal, the dark, and the preternatural. Unleashing memories of childhood as a source of aesthetic experience, Alastair creates The Christmas House to share with you all.

This is also the home of our Christmas story, The Elves & The Baker and our Christmas recipes, all beautifully illustrated by photography and words in our Christmas House storybook, which can be purchased at the house or at our store. All are welcome, and families with children are encouraged to live the magic by having one of their family read the story to them by the open fire, while sat in wingback chairs in the very house where the fairytale is set. It’s as if the elves have just skipped out, a few crumbs left upon on the floor.

Come and see – you will be filled with Christmas wonder and good cheer.


14th & 15th December 11am – 5pm

21st & 22nd December 11am – 5pm

23rd December 11am – 5pm

Adult £10 Child £5

24th December Special Christmas Eve with Tudor spiced wine 11am – 5pm

Adult £14 Child £5

Booking required for all visits

Last entry 4.30pm on all days

Call us on +44 (0)1424 447171 to make your booking or email for more information

Opening Times

Exclusive Candlelit Visit

Jack In The Green Weekend

Old Town Carnival Week

Hastings Bonfire Night

The Christmas House