From Christmas to New Year at Kingston Lacy

The dining room at Kingston Lacy

From mini Christmas puddings to take home, wrapped up winter walks around the grounds and a warming nip of sherry in the servants hall, there is a lot of Christmas traditions waiting to be formed this year.

What makes Christmas time so special? It's the family traditions which bring everyone together. Why not start by adding your wish to the colourful paper chain, meeting Santa Claus or taking a walk through the illuminated gardens. 


What's on over Christmas

Stir-up Sunday

26 November 2017, 11am - 3pm, £2.50 per pudding. 

The stir-up tradition dates back to the 1700s. At Kingston Lacy you can discover the traditions behind the tasty pudding mix with our cooks and kitchen hands, as well as mix your own to take home and enjoy. 

It's tradition to make a Christmas wish as you stir the pudding mix
National Trust Stir up sunday

Christmas in the house

1 December  2017 – 1 January 2018
Monday – Thursday, 11am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Friday – Sunday, 11am to 6.30pm (last entry 6pm)

Christmas is a time for children, family and friends and this year Kingston Lacy house will bring back the memories of Daphne, Viola and Ralph Bankes.

At this busy time of year, we all make lists to prepare for the festivities.  Over 100 years ago Daphne, Viola and Ralph’s mother, Henrietta, did just the same. Her lists and letters along with the children’s stories, Christmas card albums and Viola’s memories from ‘A Kingston Lacy Childhood’ have shaped the Christmas you see today.

Entry to the house is by timed entry tickets only which can be booked in advance through our ‘What’s on’ page or by phone on 0344 249 1895. Advance booking of timed entry tickets is strongly advised at this time of year due to the events popularity.

The garden at Kingston Lacy is transformed by the festive winter illuminations
Garden lights at Kingston Lacy

Illuminated Christmas gardens

1 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Friday – Sunday, 4pm – 7pm

In addition to the beautiful Christmas lights in the house, the garden at Kingston Lacy will once again be illuminated until 7pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening over the Christmas period. New for 2017 enjoy a new illuminated route of the gardens taking in the original Bankes ‘winter walk’ and Lime Avenue. This beautiful display sees the historic cedars transformed by blue, purple yellow and green lights, whilst the fernery is draped with delicate fairy lights like a magical grotto.   

Meet Santa Claus

1-  24 December 2017.
Fridays - 4pm to 6.30pm
Saturdays and Sundays - 11am to 6pm.

Santa Claus will be making a few stops at Kingston Lacy this year. Make sure to get a spot on his nice list by paying him a festive visit in the laundry.
£5 per child, includes a gift from Santa, pre-booking is essential.

Santa tickets must be booked in advance through our ‘What’s on’ page or by phone on 0344 249 1895.

Father Christmas will be visiting Kingston Lacy throughout December
National Trust Christmas