Christmas at Ham House

Christmas presents

Come and enjoy our secret Christmas at Ham House, and discover what it was like in the 1650s when Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas. There will be Father Christmas grotto, tours of the house as well as after hours Christmas ghost tours. Our house, garden, Orangery cafe and shop are open seven days a week, with festive activities for all ages.

Enjoy Christmas in secret at Ham House this December.  Discover what it was like when Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas in the 1650s.  For families there will be a trail round the house and garden, where you hunt for hidden presents which will lead you to Father Christmas in his grotto.   The house will be open for specilist guided tours, as well as freeflow  in the Great Hall through to the Long Gallery on the Father Christmas weekends and from 26th December to the 2nd January.  House tour tickets are available on a first come first served basis and places are limited.

Throughout December the house, Orangery cafe, shop, and garden are open seven days a week. With Christmas trees in the garden, as well as beautiful Ham made wreaths using birch, willow and leaves from the garden.

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?  The shop has a great range of Christmas gifts and decorations for all ages.  Ask at Visitor Reception about gift membership and give someone the gift of free entry to over 500 special places for 2016.

The Orangery cafe will be open for 10am and serves a delicious array of cakes and light lunches using produce from our Kitchen Garden, as well as festive bakes.  The Orangery cafe has been dressed using greens from Ham's garden.

Snow makes a walk so much fun
Toddler standing in snow

Father Christmas grotto

Weekends of 10-11 and 17-18, and weekdays 19-22 Dec, 10am-3.30pm (last trail 3pm).  £3.50 per child.

Hunt for hidden presents round the house and garden to visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a traditional Christmas gift.  Pick up your trail which will lead you to Father Christmas in his grotto in the Dairy.  Create a piece of art to take away and decorate your home with.

Father Christmas discusses Christmas with a little girl
Father Christmas with a young girl

Christmas ghost tours

Wed 14 and 21 Dec, 7.30-9pm

For the last 300 years, visitors to Ham House have claimed it's haunted.  Come along and enjoy an atmospheric after-hours ghost tour.  All tickets are £22 and include festive refreshments.

Enjoy Christmas with us
Stack of Christmas mince pies