Today, you should… see what Christmas looked like more than 100 years ago


Bembridge House, a Queen Anne Victorian-style mansion, has been decked out for the holiday season. The home, decorated by volunteers, have dressed the landmark with wreaths, garlands, lights, baubles and bulbs fit to reflect the opulence of the estate’s architecture.

To see the home in all it’s Christmas splendor you can sign up for a select, docent-led holiday tour today—there are two more such tours happening on the 17th and 21st.

Once inside, you’ll be guided through the majority of the 18-room estate where you’ll learn the rich and dramatic history of the manor’s architecture and those who lived in the estate years before it became a historic landmark.

Aside from the obvious magnificence of the decorations, Bembridge House boasts being the single most important example of turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture remaining in Long Beach today. The house, which has been kept in near pristine condition, still has many of the original furnishings dating back to the early 1900s.

You’re likely to feel like you’ve been transported to another century, except during Christmas so, better.

Another great thing: There will be light refreshments for you to snack on. After the trek through the massive home, you may need them.

Giving us a moment’s pause: Downton Abbey fanatics, this event is kind of perfect for you. Sure the 18 rooms are no comparison to the 200-roomed Edwardian estate in the show, but we’re fairly certain it’s more rooms than anything you’re currently habituating.

Bembridge House is located at 953 Park Circle Drive. Victorian Christmas at Bembridge House tour is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. To attend, tickets are $15 (free admittance for children under 12) and registration is highly recommended. To register, click here. For more information, including schedule for future tours and events, click here

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.