Christmas traditions come alive at Avebury

Christmas tree

This year at Avebury you can discover beautifully festive displays that bring to life different Christmas carols. You can wander through the lavishly decorated rooms and guess which carol is being portrayed. Then why not head off to the newly refurbished Circles Café for a delicious festive treat and pop into the shop to finish your Christmas shopping in style? There are even festive events to help you get into the spirit.

Christmas carols come alive at Avebury

The Christmas tradition we're bringing alive this year is 'Christmas Carols'.

You'll fine every room in Avebury Manor decorated to depict a different carol. Look out for the 'Seven Swans a swimming' across the dining room table, see the angels flying in the Queen Anne room, or if you're looking for a 'Silent Night' there's no better place to lie down and relax than the Tudor Bedroom.


Festive fun outside

In the Dovecote you'll find an old favourite that parents will remember from those school nativities, while Santas reindeer will greet you in Barn Gallery.

This year Avebury Chapel will be open (check website for opening times), so why not visit this beautiful tranquil building in the heart of the stone circle and relax for a few moments of quiet away from the Christmas cheer?

As well as going on a quest to decipher the different carols, families can hunt for the historical musical instruments across the site. Just pick up a seasonal visitor map from the reception team.


Festive treats

The newly refurbished Circles Café will be open for Christmas and serving delicious fruit punch and mince pies (any many more delicious treats) while you relax in our new upstairs seating area that overlooks the ancient Avebury monument.

Don't forget to visit the National Trust shop which has a wide range of local and hand-crafted gifts, Christmas cards and calendars - why not do a bit of shopping while you are here?

Wreath making at Avebury
Wreath making
Wreath making at Avebury

Christmas events at Avebury

Wreath-making workshops

Mon 2, Tues 3 & Wed 4 December, 10am-2pm, £50 per person

Nothing says 'Christmas is here' more than putting up a wreath on your own front door.  Why not treat yourself to this relaxed workshop with a professional florist who will help you craft your own festive wreath using natural greenery and decorations? You'll be welcomed with a hot drink and a mince pie and a light lunch will be served as part of the workshop, which will take place in the upstairs of the newly refurbished café. You can end the afternoon with a visit to the National Trust shop where you'll have a 10% discount.

Avebury henge and stone circle in winter
The henge and circle at Avebury
Avebury henge and stone circle in winter

Winter warmer walks

Thu 5 and Thu 12 December, 10.30am-12.30pm, £16 per person

Why not leave the crowds behind and join archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall for a winter ramble around the stone circles?  The walk will be followed by Christmas liqueur and mince pies which you can sample while browsing the superb range of gift ideas in the National Trust shop.  To kick-start your Christmas shopping you'll receive a 10% discount.

Music, lights and merriment at Avebury
Child with reindeer
Music, lights and merriment at Avebury

Music, Lights and Merriment

Sat 7 Dec, 4-6pm, free

You can begin your Christmas festivities with a late-opening event at Avebury.  Soak up the atmosphere by listening to traditional carols played by the Devizes Town Band, while enjoying a delicious festive treat from the newly opened Circles Café. In the barn you'll find a range of fantastic artisinal gift stalls to browse and the National Trust shop will be open late where you can take part in some liqueur tasting.  There'll be wooden reindeer-making for children with the ranger team, and free entry to the Barn Gallery of the museum.  This could become one of your families Christmas traditions.

Avebury Chapel overlooking the stone circle
Brick building and standing stones
Avebury Chapel overlooking the stone circle

Avebury Chapel carol concerts


Throughout December the chapel will come alive with the sound of Christmas carols sungy by local choir groups and bands.  Keep an eye on the website for dates and times.