Christmas at Hughenden

2020 event: This year we’re dreaming of a green Christmas at Hughenden. Inspired by nature, see the grounds dressed with handmade baubles, natural festive displays and our favourite decorations from Christmases past. From Mon 7 Dec – Mon 4 Jan 2021. Closed 24 and 25 Dec.

Grounds open 9.30am-4pm. Pre-booking is essential. Hughenden is in Tier 4, please observe government guidelines, stay local and respect other visitors and our covid safety measures.

Festive gardens

In the gardens, we’re celebrating trees and the role they play in Christmas traditions by practicing the art of tree dressing. We’re adorning some of Hughenden’s historic trees with handmade decorations, championing reusing, repurposing and recycling.

In the orchard, the apple trees have been given bright woolly jumpers, knitted through lockdown using scraps of wool. The flower beds feature rustic Christmas trees made by our gardeners from hazel, topped with woven stars. And in the pleasure ground trees there are sparkling stars to see, upcycled from unwanted tinsel and old garden canes.

Christmases past

Whilst the manor is currently closed you can still see the trees in the windows as you walk around the gardens.

We’re rejoicing in Christmases past, repurposing some of our much-loved decorations and showcasing some of our favourite displays from the past five years.

From the ever-popular knitted mice decorations that were the highlight of 2015, inspired by the classic festive poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’, to the ‘make do and mend’ tree of 2019, created from handmade rag rug panels and a pom pom garland.

Exploring both our Victorian history and wartime story, which will be your favourite tree?

'A make-do-and-mend Christmas' rag rug tree
Christmas at Hughenden
'A make-do-and-mend Christmas' rag rug tree

Peter Rabbit's winter adventure

This winter treat your little ones to the magic of a Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail at Hughenden. Help Peter’s friends prepare for the season as you journey around the gardens and spot all kinds of nature on the way. Which characterful creatures will you come across on your winter adventure?

Pick up your trail pack from visitor reception when you arrive. £2 per child. Suitable for children aged 3 - 9 years. Card payments only, sorry no cash option available. Trail open from 9.30am - 4pm, last entry 3.30pm. 

In line with Government guidance we are encouraging people to stay local and only visit Hughenden if you live nearby.

Peter Rabbit winter adventure activity trail
Peter Rabbit Winter adventure image
Peter Rabbit winter adventure activity trail

Our very grateful thanks to Peterley Manor Farm in Great Missenden for their very generous donation of all our real Christmas trees this year and to the staff and volunteers who have worked through the challenges of lockdown to create this year's Christmas at Hughenden.

Visiting with your family

There's plenty of space for young explorers to run, jump and play around in the grounds at Hughenden. Grab your wellies and splash in a puddle or discover your inner adventurer in our new play area. Don't forget to bring your coat and wrap up warm.

Facilities for families

  • Baby-changing facilities can be found in the disabled toilet in the stableyard. 
  • Buggies are welcome around site, but not inside the manor.
  • Hughenden is on the top of a hill so some paths are steep and paths through the woodland are rough and uneven in places