The Churchill family Christmas at Chartwell

This event has now finished for 2017. Please keep an eye on our website in 2018 for details on our upcoming events.

Step back in time and experience Chartwell decorated for the Churchill's family Christmas. Share in their memories and relive some of your own family traditions.

A Churchill family Christmas

Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 11am-3pm

A warm welcome awaits you at Chartwell this Christmas as we invite you to visit the house for a glimpse of what the Churchill's family Christmas might have been like in the post-war era.

See four rooms of the house decorated in festive finery; the hall, Lady Churchill's sitting room, the dining room and the kitchen are all decorated in a classic style.

A special twist awaits you in the dining room, which has been transformed into a cinematic experience. After the war this room was turned into a cinema room, for Winston and his guests to watch one of his beloved films after dinner.

A roaring fire will welcome you into the house where the Churchill children celebrated their Christmasses. Charming vintage style Christmas cards hang across the walls and the Christmas trees twinkle with lights.

" And so, in God’s mercy, a happy Christmas to you all."
- Sir Winston Churchill's 1941 Christmas message to the world

Traditional garlands adorn the mantlepieces, and wreaths hang upon the doors made with foliage from Chartwell's very own grounds.

It feels as if the Churchill family could be asleep upstairs, just waiting for Christmas morning to arrive.

Entry to the house is by timed ticket only, available from the visitor welcome centre on the day. Normal admission applies. Last entry 14:30pm.

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

Access

Due to the hillside location of the property Chartwell can be difficult to navigate for those with access requirements. Click here for further information regarding accessibility at Chartwell.

Inside the house this Christmas there is wheelchair access to the sitting room and hall only. A virtual tour is available in the sitting room which enables our visitors to see the rest of the house.

Please note we can only welcome one visitor in a wheelchair at a time in the house due to the confined space.

Enjoy festive touches in the house at Chartwell
The dining room decorated for Christmas at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
Enjoy festive touches in the house at Chartwell

When you come to experience festive cheer it helps us provide experiences the whole year. When you join, donate, visit or volunteer it helps us to look after Chartwell forever, for everyone.

We close the house over the winter months so our hard working elves can conduct their deep clean and vital conservation work. Their hard work is only made possible by you and ensures that we can keep Churchill's legacy alive at Chartwell for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

What else do we have on this Christmas?
The Clementine Churchill exhibition at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chartwell exhibition: Clementine Churchill - Speaking for herself

Discover Clementine Churchill and her role both as the wife to one of Britain's most famous politicians and as a mother raising her family at Chartwell. Our exhibition will show how the history of the world would be very different if it weren't for this remarkable woman. Due to popular demand the exhibition is being extended until 28 Oct, normal admission applies.

A Christmas walk at Chartwell in Kent

Things to do with the kids this Christmas at Chartwell

Enjoy a magical family Christmas at Chartwell with a trail around the gardens. Don't forget to head into the woodland for more adventures, including our brand new treehouse.

Send your Christmas greetings with our range of Christmas cards

Christmas shopping at Chartwell

Shop off the high street this Christmas and find the perfect gifts. We’ve got Churchill’s favourite champagne and cologne, stylish scarves, books, an array of delicious food items and so much more. You can even pick up your Christmas cards and decorations whilst you’re with us.