Plan your visit this festive season…

Kingston Lacy in Dorset at Christmas

Before you visit we have put together some FAQs to help you plan a magical Christmas experience.

When are your Christmas events on?

Christmas at Kingston Lacy starts on Friday 29 November 2019 and finishes on Sunday 5 January 2020.

Opening times for the house over this period are 11am - 4pm (last entry at 3.30pm) from 25 November to 3 December. From 4 to 22 December the house will be open from 11am - 4pm (last entry at 3.30pm) every Monday and Tuesday and 11am to 6.30pm (last entry at 6pm) every Wednesday to Sunday. From the 23 December to 3 January the house will be open every day from 11am to 6.30pm (last entry at 6pm). On the 4 and 5 January the house will open at 11am and close at 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). The exceptions to this include Christmas eve when last entry will be at 3.30pm and on Christmas Day when the whole property is closed.

Over Christmas the following rooms will be open in the house: Entrance Hall, Loggia, Saloon, Spanish Room, Dining Room, Exhibition Space, Servants’ Hall, and for the first time, the Drawing Room on the State Floor.

The illuminated garden is open from 4-7pm every Wednesday – Sunday from 4 to 22 December. From 23 December to 5 January it is open every evening from 4pm - 7pm. The exceptions to this include Christmas eve when there will be no illuminations and on Christmas Day when the whole property is closed. 

Santa is available on Fridays (4 - 6.30pm) and Saturday (11am - 6pm) from 6 - 21 December. There is an additional charge of £5 per child (0-12 years). This event has now sold out. 

Family festive woodland trail: New for 2019 this family trail can be picked up from Visitor Reception between 10am and 3.30pm from Wednesday 4 December to Sunday 5 January. 

How much will it cost?

Entry to Kingston Lacy at Christmas is free for National Trust members.

Normal admission applies for non-members:

Adult £16.00

Child £8.00

Family £40.00

There is an additional charge for Santa Claus. This is £5 per child (0-12 years). 

If you would like to become a member of the National Trust, the membership team at Visitor Reception will be happy to sign you up as you arrive, and this means you’ll have free entry on the day.

What events do I need to pre-book for?

Entry to the house is in 15 minute time slots. Some time slots will be available to pre-book in advance online or by calling 0344 249 1895 (tickets will go live in October). The remaining time slots will only be available on the day and can be booked on arrival at Kingston Lacy. 

Time slots 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.  

Pre-booking for Santa is essential and tickets cost £5 in addition to our admission price. Tickets for Santa are now sold out.   

We also recommend pre-booking for Stir-up Sunday on 25 November. There is an additional charge for this event of £2.50 per Christmas pudding.

There is no need to pre-book for the illuminations in the garden. You may wish to bring a torch as our paths can be difficult to see in the dark.

Where will I find Santa?

Santa can be found in the Laundry next to the house at Kingston Lacy. 

Where can I park?

We do have a large car park here, but please note that over the Christmas period, we are likely to be very busy. This means that there is the possibility of queues entering the car park, so please be patient with us. It’s best to arrive as early as you can, or visit us outside of the weekends.

We do have designated disabled parking close to Visitor Reception.

You may wish to bring a torch if visiting in the evening as our paths can be difficult to see in the dark.

Is there an accessible route around the illuminated garden?

The illuminated trail is approximately a 30 minute walk. The trail is wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be pre-booked from Visitor Reception in advance - please call 01202 843752 to reserve.

Are dogs allowed around the illuminated garden?

Unfortunately, as the trail is around the formal garden, dogs are not allowed unless they are assistance dogs.

Where can we refuel during our visit?

The Stables Cafe, in the courtyard close to the house, is open from 10am-4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays over the Christmas period and until 7pm on the nights of the illuminated gardens. A selection of hot and cold lunches is served 12-2.30pm every day. Please bear in mind this is a busy time there may be queues.

Will the shop have Christmas gifts?

The shop is open from 10am-4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays over the Christmas period and until 7pm on the nights of the illuminated gardens. You will find lots of fabulous Christmas gifts, festive and local produce, hampers and more.