Christmas in the house at Kingston Lacy

The Saloon at Kingston Lacy at Christmas

Get into the festive spirit this December with a visit to the house at Kingston Lacy. This year enjoy a brand new experience as we celebrate the importance of Christmas time memories. 

Opening times

23 December - 3 January: 11am to 6pm every day (11am - 3.30pm on Christmas eve and closed on Christmas Day).

4 and 5 January: 11am to 3.30pm. 

This year the lavishly decorated house tells the story of Edwardian Christmas traditions, drawing on the memories of former owner, Henrietta Bankes and her children. Henrietta’s Christmas lists and letters along with the children’s homemade story book, Gleanings from Schoolroomland and Christmas card albums have shaped the decorations.

The house brims with traditional decorations and sparkling trees inspired by the Christmases of the Bankes family, including modern installations created by two local artists. In the Drawing Room, open for the first time, precious items that the family made and gifted to each other are on display. 

Decorations in the Dining Room at Kingston Lacy include precious items that the Bankes family made and gifted to each other
Christmas in the house at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Decorations in the Dining Room at Kingston Lacy include precious items that the Bankes family made and gifted to each other

Discover how the servants and estate workers celebrated Christmas in the Edwardian period, play puzzles and games in the Saloon and share your favourite Christmas memory with us in the exhibition space. Pop into the Laundry to have a go at some seasonal craft activities (Monday to Thursday). 

What you need to know

Entry to the house is in 15 minute time slots and you can access the house anytime within your designated slot. Some time slots will be available to pre-book in advance on our whats on page or by calling 0344 249 1895. The remaining time slots will only be available on the day and can be booked on arrival at Kingston Lacy. 

Tickets for the house on late night openings (from 4pm-5.45pm on Wednesdays to Sundays from 4 December to 3 January) will only be available on the day and can be booked on arrival at Kingston Lacy. 

Please note that tickets for Santa must be booked separately.

During our Christmas offer the following rooms are open in the house: Entrance Hall, Saloon, Spanish Room, Dining Room, Butler’s Pantry, Wine Cellar Passage and Servants’ Hall. For the first time this year we will also be opening the Drawing Room on the State Floor. 

Winter illuminations in the garden at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

See the garden at Kingston Lacy in a new light

The enchanting Kingston Lacy light trail is back with new and interactive elements. Why not make some new Christmas memories with a visit to the magical illuminated garden this year?