Christmas

Discover Christmas traditions at special places

See the Welsh Erdigg Glow, one of our illuminated places this Christmas

See the Welsh Erdigg Glow, one of our illuminated places this Christmas

Many of our places are celebrating a traditional festive season and especially a Victorian Christmas. It's one of the best times of the year to experience our historic houses and to see them all lit up for the season.

Enjoy the winter lights at Erdigg in Wales, Corfe Castle in Dorset, Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury, and Blickling Estate in Norfolk.

 

What's on near you

Need the perfect antidote to the busy high street? We have lots of festive events for children and Father Christmas at many of our places. Most of which are open over the festive period, so check what's happening near you.

Festive feasts

Dine like you're at Downton. Make a date for an early Christmas lunch or dinner at one of our most historic houses, or even a castle.

Christmas recipes

Savoury and sweet, we've pulled together our favourite Christmas recipes for you to try, including a delicious ginger and satsuma cake.

Shopping ideas

The countdown to Christmas is underway. Our guide to the best gifts, cards, decorations and food will help you get organised.

Seasonal regions: North West

 Little Moreton Hall serves up Tudor music and seasonal food at Yuletide © National Trust/Emma Williams

Little Moreton Hall serves up Tudor music and seasonal food at Yuletide

Join Little Moreton Hall’s Yuletide celebrations for live period music, seasonal food and Tudor decorations in the Great Hall. Or go on a winter wassail at Sizergh for Christmas carols and crafts. Wrap up warm for a husky ride at Wray Castle.

Seasonal regions: Wales

Erddig lights up its 18th-century garden after dark for Christmas © Sue Jones

Erddig lights up its 18th-century garden after dark for Christmas

Enjoy an illuminated after-dark stroll at Erddig through beautiful light installations in the 18th-century walled garden, all to the sound of festive music. You can also enter a world of merriment at Tredegar House with ‘A Christmas Carol’ themed activities.

Seasonal regions: London and South East

Festive elegance and enchantment at Basildon Park, Downton's second home © John Millar

Festive elegance and enchantment at Basildon Park, Downton's second home

Enter the dream world of the Nutcracker at Mottisfont to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and see the Mouse King battling toy soldiers. Basildon Park’s country house Christmas sparkles with glittering Christmas trees and an enchanted forest trail.

Seasonal regions: Northern Ireland

Look out for Father Christmas at Rowallane Garden © John Millar

Look out for Father Christmas at Rowallane Garden

Catch the Santa Express at Mount Stewart and meet the man himself, his elves and Mrs Claus at the Temple of the Winds. Father Christmas will also be visiting Castle Coole, Rowallene Garden’s Yuletide Market and The Argory’s Christmas Fair.

Seasonal regions: Midlands

Attingham Park invites you to a 1920s Christmas © John Millar

Attingham Park invites you to a 1920s Christmas

See Christmas through the generations at Attingham Park with decorated rooms themed around a succession of Lord Berwicks. Admire elegant Christmas trees and costumes and discover how the Attingham servants lived.

Seasonal regions: South West

Experience the magic of Avebury's famous stone circle at sunrise © NTPL/National Trust Images/David Noton

Experience the magic of Avebury's famous stone circle at sunrise

Experience Christmas at Avebury exploring the festively decorated manor or the stone circle for the winter solstice. Follow willow reindeer on a parkland trail or the Nutcracker story displays in the house as part of Killerton's festivities.

Seasonal regions: Yorkshire and North Ea...

Wallington adds vintage Christmas sparkle for all the family © NTPL/National Trust/Paul Harris

Wallington adds vintage Christmas sparkle for all the family

Get a taste of Yorkshire's festivities at Wallington's Tevelyan family Christmas with the house decorated in festive 1950s style and Mrs Claus making a special visit. Or celebrate a 1920s Fife family Christmas at Nunnington Hall by a roaring fire.

Seasonal regions: East of England

Admire Blickling's Christmas tree in the main hall © NTPL/National Trust Images/Adrian Judd

Admire Blickling's Christmas tree in the main hall

Christmas markets

Don't miss out on our Christmas markets and fairs. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the season in inspiring surroundings and find unique and local gifts and produce for family and friends.

Winter getaways

Cosy or characterful, coast or countryside, we’ve selected some of our best holiday cottages for a winter break. It's best to book early.

Crafty, foodie fun

Whatever age, roll up your sleeves and get crafty making Christmas decorations and wreaths. Or get cooking at one of our kitchen's festive food events.

Gift of membership

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