Christmas in and around East Sussex

Our places in and around East Sussex are ready to share their festive traditions with you. Tackle festive trails around our winter gardens and estates. Warm chilly hands in front of a roaring fire, or try out a new exhibition. Plus every time you visit you help us keep those Christmas lights twinkling bright for years to come.

Batemans Christmas stockings hanging over the fireplace


This Christmas the ‘Just So’ stories weave their magic around the house at Bateman’s. Discover handmade decorations in opulent fabrics, with colours inspired by Kipling’s time in India, and floral displays based on the ‘Just So’ stories. A glowing fire and majestic tree welcome you and add to the warmth and charm of this family home. Daily 30 November to 5 January (closed 24 & 25 December), 10am to 4pm (house 11am-4pm). Normal admission applies.

A wintery view of Bodiam Castle, across the moat

Christmas at Bodiam Castle

Winter walks in the fresh air, the magic of Father Christmas and lots of tasty treats await you at Bodiam Castle this December.

Scotney Castle Christmas mansion entrance hall

Scotney Castle 

Mix the magic of Christmas Eve with a trip to see Father Christmas in the house at Scotney this festive season. With a trail around the garden and traditional Christmas lunches in the tearoom, there’s plenty to get you in the mood for the festive season. Daily 30 November to 5 January (closed 24 & 25 December), 10am to 4pm. Normal admission applies.

A glittering red bauble on a Christmas tree

Christmas at Lamb House 

Visit Lamb House this festive season for a glorious peek into it's alter-ego Mallards for a very special Mapp and Lucia Christmas. With recipes, letters and games inspired by the books of EF Benson. Fri 29 Nov- Tues 10 Dec (open weekly Fri-Tues), 11am-4pm.

Christmas decorations in Oak Hall at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

What's on this Christmas at Sheffield Park and Garden

Embrace the festive season with Christmas activities for all the family at Sheffield Park and Garden.

Wreath making

A Clergy House Christmas

The Clergy House and the village of Alfriston are a wonderful place to visit at Christmas time. Enjoy a winter walk, shop for gifts, or join one of our fun festive events.  This Medieval hall house was the first built property to be saved by the National Trust, and is a magical gem to visit at Christmas.