Christmas

Christmas at the abbey

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We've decorated the abbey with traditional festive displays including a Victorian Christmas kitchen. Our Christmas abbey is open daily from 7-23 December and Father Christmas will be visiting on the weekends. Have a go at pomander and traditional decoration-making too.

Meet Father Christmas

Father Christmas in his grotto at Buckland Abbey, Devon © Lee Searle

Father Christmas in his grotto at Buckland Abbey, Devon

Find Father Christmas nestled in his grotto in the abbey. He'll be welcoming little visitors on weekends from 7 December, with a special evening opening on 15 December from 5.30-8.30pm. Start making your list, he'll be checking it twice. £2 per child, (normal admission charges apply).

Buckland Abbey by candlelight

Christmas Candle, Buckland Abbey, Devon © Lee Searle

Christmas Candle, Buckland Abbey, Devon

Saturday 15 December, 5.30-8.30pm

Explore our atmospheric abbey after dark. Sip a free glass of mulled wine while you enjoy traditional festive displays, crafts, music and costumed guests. Also be sure to catch Father Christmas in his grotto. Adult £2.50, child £2.

Christmas lunches

Christmas Candle, Buckland Abbey, Devon © Sam Spencer

Christmas Candle, Buckland Abbey, Devon

If you're meeting friends for an early Christmas meal or just can't wait until the big day, settle in next to the blazing wood burner in our 14th-century restaurant and leave the rest to us. We're serving traditional Christmas lunches during three weekends in December. The monks don't know what they're missing.

Christmas shopping

Christmas gift ideas in our shop, Buckland Abbey, Devon © National Trust

Christmas gift ideas in our shop, Buckland Abbey, Devon

Whether you're starting your Christmas shopping or just looking for stocking fillers, you'll enjoy free parking and a relaxed festive atmosphere in our shop. We have gifts for your family, friends, home and yourself too.

Holiday craft workshops

Festive felting

Felt Christmas stocking with reindeer, Buckland Abbey, Devon © Claire Packer

Trim your tree with handmade ornaments. Families can drop in to our felt workshop on 16 December between 11am-4pm, £3 (normal admission charges apply).

Calligraphy & decorative writing

Felt Christmas stocking with reindeer, Buckland Abbey, Devon © National Trust

Learn the art of beautiful penmanship and make your own Christmas bauble to take home 22 December between 11am-4pm, free (normal admission charges apply).

Music at Christmas

What’s Christmas without the fa la la? Sway to choirs Tamar Concert (16/12) and Chordial (22/12).

Also medieval and Tudor music by Mock Hobby Horse trio will be with us on 15/12, 5.30-8.30pm.

A pomander is a ball made of perfume © National Trust

A pomander is a ball made of perfume

Make your own pomander

Heres to thee, old apple tree

Come wassail with us on 19 January to ensure a good harvest next autumn

Come wassail with us on 19 January to ensure a good harvest next autumn

Saturday 19 January, 7pm
Join us for wassailing in our orchard. We’ll have pork and apple hotdogs, cider, music and dancing around the orchard. Be sure to bring something noisy to wake up the apple trees to scare away any evil spirits and ensure a good harvest next autumn.

Give a gift they'll enjoy all year long

Buy your loved ones a gift membership so they can enjoy our extraordinary places throughout 2013. If you buy it here at Buckland before Christmas, it will benefit us and we’ll give you a complimentary cream tea in return