Christmas at Lacock 2016

Lacock is magical at Christmas time; traditional decorations, homemade mince pies and twinkling Christmas trees - it's so festive, Father Christmas has planned a visit...

Thursday 1 - Saturday 31 December 

A traditional Christmas in the abbey

Our Lacock Christmas elves have been busy decorating the abbey and cloister ready for Christmas, continuing the tradition set by the Talbot family, who lived at Lacock Abbey in the 1800s.

Garlands, greenery, presents and an enormous Christmas tree are just a few of the things you can expect to see in the abbey Great Hall.

Make yourself comfy in front of the roaring fire and help yourself to a tasty bon-bon - this is Christmas, the Lacock way.

We're getting ready for Christmas at Lacock Abbey
House steward Katherine Manning decorates the big Christmas tree at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

An audience with Father Christmas

Throughout December, Father Christmas will be at Lacock Abbey. Why not come along to meet him in his cosy Christmas kitchen? Mother Christmas will be telling a Christmassy story and Father Christmas will be giving gifts and tasty festive treats to every child.

Book now for a cosy Christmassy experience with no queues, places are limited. 

You can find more information on dates, times and prices, and book your place, here.

Santa Claus is coming to Lacock, Santa Claus is coming to Lacock...
Parents and children sitting on a rug by a Christmas tree and Father Christmas

Christmas tree festival

Every year Lacock's beautiful medieval abbey cloister fills with Christmas trees for our annual Christmas tree festival.

The trees are decorated by local schools, charities and community groups, often with homemade decorations, and you can vote for your favourite during your visit.

Each cloister room is filled with wonderful Christmas trees
Christmas trees in the Warming Room of Lacock Abbey, where a large cauldron stands.

Reindeer spotting

While Mother and Father Christmas are tucked up in their Christmas kitchen, telling stories and sharing festive treats, their reindeer are exploring the village and abbey grounds.

How many can you spot - and can you work out which one is which - on our fun, festive family trail.

You can pick up a free trail sheet at visitor reception or in some of the village businesses.


Lacock village makes for a perfect Christmassy stroll (with or without snow)
An illustration of Lacock village in Wiltshire covered in snow.

Time for a treat

After a hard day's exploring, the Stables tea-room is the perfect place to take the weight off your feet and enjoy a warming hot chocolate and a homemade mince pie.

You might even spot some more reindeer in the tea-room, although they'll be of the smaller, tastier gingerbread variety.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Enjoy a delicious mince pie cream tea at the Stables tea-room (available from late November)
A mince pie cream tea at the Stables tea-room in Lacock, Wiltshire

Christmas shopping? We've got you covered...

The National Trust shops in Lacock village and the Fox Talbot Museum are ideal for picking up presents or delightful decorations for your own traditional Christmas.

Then, why not take a stroll around the village and explore some of Lacock's local shops, all a short walk away.

From 10 to 11 December, the National Trust pop-up Christmas shop is based in Lacock's Manger Barn. You can browse the range of decorations and gifts and taste a sample of Frome-based Friary Vinters' delicious alcoholic drinks.

There are all sorts of festive treats in the National Trust High Street shop.
Christmas stock in the National Trust shop on Lacock High Street

You can find more information on Christmas at Lacock here.