Top Hat Explosion: Three Victorian-Themed Holiday Events

Tie your cravat, twirl your mustache, and party like it’s 1889.

Named for Queen Victoria who ruled the British Empire between from 1837 to 1876, the Victorian Era is commonly known for its stiff-upper-lip zeitgeist, soot-covered orphans, and aggressive colonial expansion. But it’s also the inspiration for retro—really retro—holiday festivities. Imagine a cozy, snow-covered landscape populated by red-cheeked carolers and the fattest geese money can buy. In Los Angeles circa 2013, you can find plenty of places for a throwback Yuletide celebration.

Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum
Bring the family out for a fun and free Victorian Christmas experience, featuring period entertainment, tours of the museum, which has been decorated for the occasion, a horse-drawn trolley. You might also see Santa himself and Queen Victoria drop by.
The Banning Museum, December 7-8, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

19th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration
The past comes alive at Heritage Square at this annual event, which boasts period appropriate music, performers in vintage attire, and Holiday decked out Victorian houses.
Heritage Square, December 7-8, 4 p.m.

Victorian House House Tour
The Grier Musser Museum invites you and your family to enjoy the museums Victorian houses in all of their vintage Christmas glory. Guided tours with refreshments start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Grier Musser Museum, December 8, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.