Christmas in Hampshire

Christmas at our places around Hampshire celebrates everything we love at this time of year. Favourite festive stories come alive at Mottisfont and Uppark. You'll step into Christmas past at The Vyne. At Hinton Ampner there’s a party with an exciting twist. Everywhere you go there are sparkling decorations and twinkling lights. Gardens and countryside are transformed into frosty landscapes ready for winter walks. All our places have festive family trails; you’ll find cosy cafes and shops full of gifts too.

Close up of a decorated Christmas tree with open door in background

Mottisfont 

Step into scenes from much-loved poem, ‘The Night Before Christmas’. The children are asleep, a magnificent Christmas tree and presents await. But the mice are stirring – look out for them in nooks and crannies around the house. Outside, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen have landed Father Christmas’s sleigh. There’s lots of fun challenges for families too. 24 Nov – 6 Jan, 11am – 4pm (grounds open 10am), family trail £1.

Fireplace lit, and decorated with swag, candles and Christmas stockings

Hinton Ampner 

Owner Ralph Dutton’s sparkling Christmas house party is in full swing, but foul play is afoot. Wander through beautifully decorated rooms to find out ‘who done it’, with the help of Inspector Grey. Outside you’ll find a traditional sweet shop, and a chance for kids to help Albert the dog find the Christmas pudding thief. 1 – 24 December, booking essential, 11am – 4pm, family trail £2 (grounds open 10am).

You can explore The Vyne decorated for a Victorian Christmas.

The Vyne 

Fully re-opened after two years, you’ll find The Vyne’s historic rooms dressed in all the splendour of a Victorian family Christmas. Outside, try our family Christmas Carol trail, and find out how much of a meanie you are on the Ebenezer Scrooge personality test. Do you spend Christmas counting your money, or eating figgy pudding? 1 Dec – 1 Jan, 11am – 3pm (grounds open 10am – 4.30pm).

Mantelpiece decorated with red Christmas decorations

Uppark 

This winter, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ come to Uppark. You’ll find beautifully dressed rooms inspired by this classic song, Paper artist Delicarta returns with more amazing creations, alongside gorgeous handmade decorations. Outside, there’s a new activity trail, and on 16 December Alder Valley Brass Band present favourite Christmas carols. 1 Dec - 1 Jan, 11am - 3.30pm, (grounds open 10am), trail £2.

Putting the finishing touches to the tree

Winchester City Mill 

Take a festive journey through the Mill following the trail of clues left by Father Christmas. Older children can enjoy the challenge of rounding up his herd of reindeer to claim a prize. For younger kids there’s a chance to hunt for elves who are sneaking around the Mill. 15 – 24 December, 10am – 3pm, (mill open until 4pm), normal admission charge only.

Close up of materials to make Christmas paper crafts

Sandham Memorial Chapel 

In the lead up to Christmas, this tranquil little chapel is also a haven of creativity. A series of craft workshops offer festive decoupatch, papercraft and wreath-making sessions – make exclusive gifts for friends and family. Guided tours reveal Sir Stanley Spencer’s epic chapel murals, and there’s a festive bell-ringing service too. Chapel is open Fri-Sun until 16 December. Events on set dates.

Close up of big Christmas wreath on front door

Mompesson House 

Find out how Mompesson’s past inhabitants celebrated Christmas, from Regency to retroBeautiful floral and winter foliage decorations dress parts of the house, and in the garden tea-room we’re serving mince pies and mulled wine. An animal-themed festive trail takes kids on an adventure around the house. Upstairs, peep through doorways to see how rooms have been ‘put to bed’ for winter. 25 Nov – 27 Dec, Thurs – Sun, 11am – 3.30pm, normal admission charge.