How the Victorians made Christmas

A Christmas tree and roaring fire at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Come and discover Christmas celebrations at Lanhydrock.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Lanhydrock

Why not soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Victorian Christmas at Lanhydrock? You’ll get to explore some of the house as the household staff prepare for dinner and there are plenty of decorations outside too. 


A warm and friendly welcome

Every day from 11am-4pm you can come inside the ornately decorated front hall to a warm welcome from our team - some may be in period costume. There’s a large decorated Christmas tree and a roaring fire to welcome you.

As you wander through part of the house, you’ll see the kitchens bustling with the excitement of the dinner ahead, Her Ladyship’s and His Lordship’s bedrooms laid out with clothes for dinner and the dining room table, bursting with festive goodies. At the end of the house trail, kids can dress up too!

Traditions old and new

The Victorians revived old traditions, such as decorating homes with greenery and singing carols; they also invented new ones, like crackers, decorating a Christmas tree and sending Christmas cards. You’ll find all these traditions and more celebrated inside Lanhydrock House, which has been beautifully decorated and atmospherically lit for the festive season.

Getting out and about

Christmas robins will guide kids through our garden trail which ends in the magical thatched cottage – lit with a Christmas tree, with garlands, wreaths and candles in the windows. The wider estate is the perfect setting for winter walks and bike rides if you want to really stretch out. You can warm up afterwards with festive food in the cosy restaurant or sit by the wood burner in the Park Café. Don’t forget those last minute gifts from our large shop. 

Ho ho ho

Father Christmas himself will be flying in between 17-24 December. He’s a pretty busy chap at this time of year and there is limited availability to see him. You’ll need to book tickets via our What’s On page - essential as places are limited. An admission charge still applies.

Merry Christmas