Christmas in Hampshire

Our Hampshire places offer the perfect escape for a festive day out with plenty of sparkle. Houses are richly decorated with twinkling lights and Christmas trees. Look out for mini woodland animals at Mottisfont, and Victorian festivities at The Vyne. New for this year is our exclusive Percy the Park Keeper winter wander trail. You’ll find cafes and shops with warming treats and gifts for all ages, plus beautiful landscapes for family rambles.

Every visit you make helps us keep those Christmas lights bright for years to come.

Percy the Park Keeper

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail 

Treat littles one to a storybook adventure, on Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail, at Mottisfont and The Vyne. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand. You’ll find different games to enjoy at each place, as you explore these beautiful winter gardens. Read on for more details.

Green and gold baubles on the branches of a Christmas tree at Mottisfont

Mottisfont 

Glowing lanterns line Mottisfont’s garden paths, and in the house, twinkling lights add sparkle to Christmas trees laden with baubles. Look out for mini woodland creatures nestled amongst the decorations. Outside, little ones can join Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail (£2) or explore sparkling waterways and meadows on a festive walk. In the café you’ll find delicious seasonal treats. 4 Dec – 3 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec)

A Christmas tree twinkles in the corner of a room.

The Vyne 

Experience this mansion luxuriously decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Ground floor rooms are filled with glittering Christmas trees and authentic decorations. An indoors family trail takes kids back in time, whilst outside, little ones can meet Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends on a winter activity trail (£2). Enjoy wintery walks with beautiful views across fields, woods and wetlands, and warming mulled wine and mince pies in the café. 27 Nov – 2 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec)

Lit fireplace with Christmas stockings, mantepiece swag and Christmas tree

Hinton Ampner 

This winter, Hinton Ampner’s pretty rooms reveal festive scenes from Christmas past at the house, from fairytales to fables. Outside, the gardens are also decorated, and our pop-up sweet shop is full of delicious traditional treats. The picturesque parkland and wider estate are perfect for a short stroll or longer winter wander. 27 Nov – 3 Jan, house open Tuesday to Friday only (site closed 25 & 26 Dec)

Mantelpiece decorated with red Christmas decorations

Uppark 

Inside the mansion you’ll find rooms decked with all the sparkle and grandeur of a traditional family Christmas, whilst the gardens twinkle with lights. The grounds offer glorious views over the South Downs, and pops of bright winter colour. There are warming seasonal meals in the café, and next door a delightful second-hand book, full of hidden gems. 20 Nov – 3 Jan, house open Thursday to Sunday (site closed 25 & 26 Dec)

christmas tree, winchester city mill, hampshire, national trust

Winchester City Mill 

Join us at Winchester City Mill for a season of Yuletide celebrations. You’ll find out about the traditions and beliefs surrounding this ancient midwinter festival, and how King Alfred and his subjects would have celebrated, including workers here at the Mill. We’ll be hosting decorative corn wreath-making workshops too (dates tbc), and rustling up a delicious seasonal menu in our cosy café. 15 Nov – 3 Jan (closed 25, 26 & 28 Dec)

Percy the Park Keeper

More fun with Percy the Park Keeper 

Percy the Park Keeper is visiting lots more of our places across the region and beyond this winter. These colourful outdoor trails will bring the whole family closer to nature, with unique activities at each location. The time you spend with us during winter helps us look after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy. Click below to find more fun with Percy.