Five Centuries of Christmas at Canons Ashby

Be inspired by traditions of Christmas past in the house and colourful costumes in the gardens.

The house

From earthy Tudor treats to familiar 20th century traditions, the sights and sounds of five centuries of Christmas will fill the house between 10 to 18 December (last admission to the house at 2.30pm). Help decorate our giant tree while keeping warm by the glowing fire in the Great Hall, discover the origins of our best-loved festive habits and see what life was like without Christmas in Puritan England. You may even meet Father Christmas early this year as he checks that everything is in order, with a special visit from his reindeer on 17 & 18 December.

The gardens

Though the beds aren't in bloom, there are plenty of reasons to get out in to the garden. Costumed scarecrows will show off fashion styles of the five centuries in the house, and the leafless trees open up our spectacular Baroque vistas. Free walks, available to pick up from the Coach House shop, take you into the rolling Northamptonshire countryside and across the crisp grounds of the parkland.

Musical merriment

Stay a little while after the house closes on 9 December to join the Northamptonshire National Trust Association’s annual carolling event in the enchanting Pebble Court. Alternatively experience some musical merriment during your visit in the day, with traditional bell ringers on 10 December at 1.30pm, Immanuel's Ground Choir on 11 December at 11.30am and 1.30pm, and the charming Middleton Cheney Singers on 17 December.

You can help to decorate Canons Ashby's tree this Christmas
Lights, tags and chains on a tree