Countdown to Christmas

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with the National Trust © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with the National Trust

All over the world Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions. The festivities can be very different from country to country and whether you're celebrating Sheng Dan Jieh in China or awaiting the arrival of Père Noel in France, you're sharing in the wonder and magic of the Christmas season.

What does Christmas mean to you? Warm mince pies, carol singing, a walk in the crisp winter air? Let us make your Christmas magical this year.

Father Christmas

 © Bernie Brown

Father Christmas and his little helpers will be visiting some of our magical locations on a mission to find out who is naughty and who is nice! Meet Santa at Castle Ward, Mount Stewart, The Argory and Hezlett House. He is a very busy man in December so please call and book in advance if you want to visit him this festive season.

The perfect present

People enjoying the snow at Box Hill, Surrey © NTPL/John Millar

If you're looking for a special Christmas gift you've just found it. National Trust membership takes a whole year of relaxation, exploration and discovery and wraps it up into the perfect package. Plus your membership means that together we can care for these special places for ever, for everyone. Buy gift membership at any of our places or online.

Seasonal shopping

Beautiful Christmas gifts © Andreas Von Einsiedel

If you're searching for that extra special Christmas decoration or on the hunt for perfect gift ideas, look no further than our shops across Northern Ireland, where you'll find a great selection of Christmas gift ideas. Every purchase made goes towards supporting our work as an independent charity looking after special places.

Winter walks

Join us for snow fun this winter © Bernie Brown

If you have over indulged during the holidays why not walk off some of those Christmas calories with a winter walk. A breath of fresh air can blow away the cobwebs - so grab your earmuffs, wrap the kids up in their woollies and visit your favourite National Trust place.

Time to unwind

Rose Cottage is in the walled garden at Florence Court © National Trust Holiday Cottages

Celebrate Christmas and New year in an idyllic location close to home. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend for two, a family break or just to get away from it all, we have a National Trust holiday cottage to suit you. Take a break with the National Trust.

Markets and fairs

Browse the craft stalls and get in the festive mood © National Trust / Paul Canning

Stock up seasonal goodies at The Argory Christmas Fair and the Rowallane Yuletide Market. Or if you are the crafty type learn how to make decorations using natural materials at the Rowallane Garden Christmas Design Workshop.