Victorian Christmas at Charlecote

Dining room at Charlecote Park dressed for Victorian Christmas

We're celebrating a traditional Christmas at Charlecote this year with a look at the Twelve Days of Christmas as it would have been known in 1842.

Father Christmas's diary is now completely full, but if you missed out on booking a ticket to see him,  you can still enjoy the festive season with us at Charlecote - and Father Christmas will be popping in on 16-18, 21 and 22 December (no appointments).  

It wouldn’t be Christmas without…

… a visit to Charlecote’s Victorian festivities before the big day and then walking it all off in the park on Boxing Day.

...Victorian celebrations

The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas had some rather different gifts from my true love in 1842. You can discover these by following our tree trail from your way in through Visitor Reception, around the house and in the outbuildings.

Enjoy the Christmas tree trail all around Charlecote
Nine lords a leaping Christmas book tree at Charlecote

Please note: The house is open at weekends only until Christmas. We have additional Christmas open days for the house on Wednesday 16, Thursday 17, Friday 18, Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 December.

Come and see the house decorated for the Victorian Lucy family's Christmas. Discover how they enjoyed the festivities at home with their family and special visitors - house open at weekends and additional opening days as above.

Come and see the house decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas
Victorian Christmas cards and decorations at Charlecote Park

... Tasty treats

We’re cooking traditional festive fare in the Victorian kitchen every day and there are recipe cards you can take home. Don’t forget to pop in to the Brewhouse to sample some mulled wine too.

Discover the seasonal treats we're cooking in the Victorian kitchen and help out too
Family and volunteer cooking in Victorian kitchen at Charlecote

The Servants’ Hall and Pantry shops are full of Christmas goodies for lovely presents or just treat yourself – it is Christmas after all! It certainly beats fighting for a parking space and battling the crowds on the high street.

The Orangery tea-room is open every day too, how about a mince pie with that pot of tea, or a mug of cinnamon hot chocolate? More information about Christmas lunches on our Eating page.

Our volunteer photographer has other talents too!
Gingerbread house of Charlecote Park at Christmas

Jana, our volunteer photographer, has made this stunning gingerbread Charlecote house. Find out how she made it here and see it in Visitor Reception on your way in.

Our fallow deer love Christmas too
Deer in Santa hats in snow in parkland at Charlecote Park

...Family traditions

We know that for many of you the walk through the parkland on Boxing Day is as much a part of Christmas as opening your presents.

A winter walk is the perfect way to recharge your batteries
Charlecote parkland and river on a frosty day in winter

Try out those new hats and scarves, get away from the central heating, give the family some space and join us for one of the best days of the year.

Charlecote is closed completely 23-25 December.

Please note that Charlecote Plants and Flowers next to our car park is now closed.  You can buy Christmas trees at Charlecote Garden Store just a few yards further on.