Christmas in Kent

Our places in Kent are getting ready to share their festive traditions with you. Discover decorated houses and twinkly Christmas trees. Little ones will love the new Percy The Park Keeper™ winter adventure activity trail around the gardens. Or head out for a winter walk on our estates, then warm chilly hands around a hot chocolate.

Please check property websites later this month for more detail on what's on.

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Scotney Castle Library Christmas Desk

Scotney Castle 

The ground floor of the mansion will be decorated for Christmas Eve in the early 1900s, after the annual Scotney ball. Christmas trees glisten and presents lay unopened, as the family settle down for the night in preparation for more celebrations tomorrow. Outdoors, a new trail all about Percy the Park Keeper™ will keep the little ones entertained. Admire the twinkly tree in the main courtyard, and pop by the tea-room filled with seasonal treats. For those that are welly-ready, there’s plenty of wintery walks to enjoy across the estate.

A pair of beautifully decorated Christmas trees on either side of the main entrance door at Chartwell


Travel back in time to a post-war 1940s Christmas. A series of rooms in the house will be dressed for Christmas in 1946, when the Churchill family returned to Chartwell for the first time since the end of the Second World War. Join carol singing on weekends, and spot the decorated Christmas trees. In the gardens, there’s a new family trail inspired by one of Sir Winston Churchill's famous paintings, Bottlescape. Follow in the footsteps of the Churchill children, and look for hidden bottles filled with very special ingredients. Together, they reveal the recipe for a traditional Christmas treat. Tuck into sumptuous festive food and drinks in the Landemare café. House open 4&5, 11&12, 18&19 December, tickets available first come, first served.

A natural foliage Christmas swag hung across the windows at Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote 

Kickstart the festive shopping at a mini market featuring local producers (4 & 5 December). Wander the ground floor of the house to experience Christmas through the ages. The Library will be dressed for a New England Christmas as enjoyed by former resident Mr Robinson, whilst the Great Hall showcases a traditional Victorian Christmas. Throughout the festive period you may encounter carol singers in the courtyard (see website for details). In the gardens, Percy the Park Keeper™ provides fun for little ones. Tuck into mince pies, gingerbread lattes and spiced crumbles in the café. Runs December to 6 January.

A close up of Christmas baubles hanging from the boughs of a large outdoor fit tree

Emmetts Garden 

Families can join Percy the Park Keeper™ and his woodland friends on a brand new all-natural trail criss-crossing the exotic gardens. The wild play area complete with balance beams, swings, a teepee and more is the perfect backdrop for winter adventures. Pop into nearby Old Stables café for Christmassy treats. A winter walk through the gardens will pass impressive evergreen displays, as well as unusual specimens such as the brightly coloured Chilean prickly heath bush (Gaultheria mucronate).

Knole Great Hall Christmas tree


Families can join a parkland creatures-inspired trail around historic Knole Park. Follow the clues to claim a cuddly prize (6 to 23 Dec, 10am to 3.30pm). See the sparkling tree and festive display on the grand table in the Great Hall. For the first time the Ballroom, Reynolds Room and Cartoon Gallery will be open with wintry displays for Christmas too (27 Nov to 23 Dec). The shop and bookshop will be open to browse the latest seasonal gifts. Please pre-book tickets to guarantee entry to the car park and house.

Christmas hampers on sale in our shop

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Browse local food, crafts and gifts to live music at the Sissinghurst festive market (27 & 28 November). See the Library and South Cottage dressed with atmospheric scenes evoking Vita and Harold’s legendry evening parties, with poetry readings throughout the festive period in the Library too. Learn more about Vita and Harold's present giving during the festive period, then hang your very own note on the Sissinghurst Christmas giving tree about what you’re gifting this Christmas. Outdoors, there’s gardener question time and wildlife bingo for families - don't forget to shout “Bingo” as loud as you can when you're done! There are festive lunches with homegrown veg throughout December in the Granary Restaurant too.