Christmas and New Year at Kingston Lacy

The dining room at Kingston Lacy

From wrapped up winter walks around the grounds and a warming nip of sherry in the servants hall, there are 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 or taking a walk through the illuminated gardens.  To visit the house you will need to pre-book a timed ticket in addition to your event ticket.

What's on over Christmas

Christmas in the house

1 December  2017 – 1 January 2018
Monday – Thursday, 11am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Thursdays 14 and 21, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Boxing Day, 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. Tickets are free for National Trust members, normal admission applies for non National Trust members.

The garden at Kingston Lacy in Dorset is transformed by winter illuminations in December
Garden lights at Kingston Lacy

Illuminated Christmas gardens

1 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Thursdays 14 and 21, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Boxing Day, 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. Assistance dogs only allowed along the illuminated trail route.

Tickets do not need to be prebooked and are free for National Trust members, normal admission applies for non National Trust members.

SOLD OUT: 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.  

Please note that admission prices apply on top of your Santa ticket (free entry for National Trust members, normal admission for non National Trust members.)

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

Choirs at Christmas

We are delighted that we have 12 local school and community choirs performing at Kingston Lacy on the following dates over the Christmas period: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 17 and 22 December.  Performances will be at several points throughout the day and are guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.