Christmas at Vaucluse House

Ring in the festive season in the picturesque grounds of Vaucluse House. You’re invited to delight in the celebrations with live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, talks, and food and gift stalls.

Spread out a picnic rug, catch up with family and friends, and enjoy the spectacular Christmas tree that will grace the Vaucluse House drawing room.


Browse a hand-picked selection of stalls by Sydney’s finest artisan producers, makers and small-scale retailers to find unique food-related gifts or specialty items for your Christmas table. Joining us will be the Country Women’s Association of NSWBeeswax Wraps Australia, BetterBreadsDan’s PastaGelato ManKatie Swift Cordials, Love & Bones BrothNonna’s GrocerOuter Island, Our Festive Puds, Spice Zen and Ziggy’s Wildfoods.


Join Sydney Living Museums curator and gastronomer Dr. Jacqui Newling and award-winning wild-food forager Gabriel Gutnik from Ziggy’s Wildfoods for a series of festive food demonstrations in the Vaucluse House courtyard. Learn expert tips and tricks as Jacqui prepares a Christmas pudding and fruit mince in the traditional manner, using Mrs Beeton’s recipes from 1861. Get inspired with Gabriel as he shares his recipe for a delicious wild mulled gin that is the perfect addition to any Christmas table.

Viewings of the Christmas tree and spot talks in the house

Every year, Vaucluse House receives a huge pine Christmas tree sourced from the Penrose State Forest in the Southern Highlands of NSW and donated by the Forestry Corporation NSW, Moss Vale Area. View the tree in all its glory in the drawing room and join SLM staff for special talks on Victorian-era Christmas traditions.

Special SLM retail offer for members

SLM members enjoy a special 20% discount off retail items at the Vaucluse House museum shop during the event. Simply show your membership card to redeem. Please note no additional discounts apply on retail.

Drop-in activities

Kids can create a Christmas garland inspired by the Vaucluse House collection and the Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection (free, all day), or make their very own natural pine Christmas wreath (free, registrations essential. Register on the day at the ticketing tent).

Guests can try their hand at decorating a traditional Victorian pomander (free, all day). 

Bring a picnic

You’re welcome to bring along a picnic to enjoy on the lawn and relax to the sounds of the Cameron Jones Trio.

In line with NSW Public Health Orders, all visitors must present evidence of compliance with vaccination requirements (including contraindication certificates) to attend this event at Vaucluse House. While inside the museum, all visitors over 12 years must wear a mask at all times. 

Please also ensure you maintain a safe distance from other visitors. Please read our COVID-19 conditions of entry before purchasing tickets for this event.

When & Where

Sunday 12 December 2021 2PM–5PM

Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
House: 02 9388 7922
Restaurant: 02 9388 8188

Please note: bags, including purchases from stallholders, will need to be cloaked prior to entering the house. Alcohol is not permitted on site.


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Live music

Georgia Lowe

Courtyard: 2pm-2.30pm, 3pm-3.30pm & 4pm-4.30pm

Australian harpist Georgia Lowe has performed in Russia, Israel, the United States and Finland. Her playing has been described as 'magical', and making her 'famously difficult instrument seem so elegant and easy' - ClassikON March 2021.

Georgia is a founding member of the Australian Harp Quartet (AHQ), Australia's only quartet of pedal harpists. Georgia has performed as Guest Principal Harpist with the Sydney Symphony, Canberra Symphony and the Opera Australia orchestras.

Cameron Jones Trio

Verandah: 2pm-2.45pm, 3pm-3.45pm & 4pm-4.45pm

Cameron Jones is a musician who draws inspiration from the driving rhythms and melodic honesty of the acoustic gypsy jazz guitar. He performs regularly with prominent Sydney bands; The Spyglass Gypsies and Gadjo Guitars and is also the Creative Director of the Brisbane based OzManouche Festival. Australia's premier festival dedicated to gypsy jazz music.


  • Gin bottle, orange slices and a lime on a table.
    Wild mulled gin with Ziggy’s Wildfoods

    2.30pm – 3pm

    Vaucluse House courtyard

  • Jacqui Newling at Vaucluse House.
    Festive fruit mince with Dr Jacqui Newling

    3.30pm – 4pm

    Vaucluse House courtyard

  • Christmas Pudding made from a recipe from the Eat Your History cookbook
    Christmas pudding with Dr Jacqui Newling

    4.30pm – 5pm

    Vaucluse House courtyard



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