Christmas in the house at Chartwell 2020

A warm welcome awaits you at Chartwell this season. Step inside the house from Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 December to find select rooms dressed for Christmas.
Due to government restrictions, this decorated Christmas event has now been postponed. The house will not be opening in December.

Due to government restrictions, this decorated Christmas event has now been postponed. The house will not be opening in December.

A house ticket will be required for entry into the house. Please pick yours up from the Visitor Centre on arrival. Tickets are not available to book in advance and we cannot guarantee a ticket.

A prebooked garden and car park ticket is not mandatory but is recommended on our busiest days to ensure a parking space.

 

Celebrate Christmas at Chartwell

Saturday 5 December - Sunday 20 December; 11.30am-2.30pm

Celebrate in style as we open select rooms of the house at Chartwell, all beautifully decorated for a Churchill family Christmas. The Nordmann firs you see displayed around the rooms have kindly been supplied by Coolings, an independent Garden Centre group, located in Kent and East Sussex. Their range of premium fresh-cut real trees make any Christmas feel festive, available to purchase online or in-store at all four of their centres, the closest in Knockholt, outside of Sevenoaks.

Explore the 1920s and the first Christmases of the Churchill family, the tougher times of the late 30s and 40s when the family would have spent Christmases apart while Churchill was in office, and finally to the 1950s and 60s when the house would have been filled once more with laughter and parties, now joined by grandchildren.

Beginning in Lady Churchill’s Sitting Room, hear more about some of the very first Christmases the Churchill children would have celebrated at Chartwell. Inspired by Lady Churchill’s classic taste, greenery from the estate decorates the mantle pieces, with glass and gold dressed trees reflecting Christmas as the family would have celebrated it in their first years at Chartwell.

Journey through the Hall and step in to the Library, where the family would have traditionally had their tree covered in green foliage decorations sourced from the grounds.

Downstairs see the Dining Room where the family would have gathered for food and fun. See Churchill’s ‘Bottlescape’, painted one Boxing Day after Winston asked the children to scour the house for whatever bottles they could find.

Newly opened at the beginning of 2020, see the Secretaries' Office and discover more about those that worked for the family.

Sir Winston’s Studio and our Exhibition Winston Churchill in 50 objects are also open to enjoy.

Vintage Christmas cards decorate the walls
Christmas card decorations at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
Vintage Christmas cards decorate the walls