Christmas in Oxfordshire

This article was for Christmas 2020, we'll update nearer the time for Christmas 2021

We're very excited for Christmas around Oxfordshire. With twinkling lights and gardens aglow, we can all take pleasure in the comforting traditions of Christmas.

New this year is a winter activity adventure trail with Peter Rabbit™ and friends at Stowe and Basildon Park. Excited kids can burn off some energy in the garden and then build it up again with bookable Christmas afternoon teas.

Government guidance permitting, we'll have all the traditional decorations, twinkling trees and seasonal treats to enjoy, plus plenty of space and fresh air in the outdoors. Every time you visit you're helping to look after these special places.

Please make sure you check websites and opening times carefully as things can be a little complicated this year.

Christmas decorations at Greys Court

Greys Court 

Unfortunately, we're not able to open the house at Greys Court for Christmas this year. The sheltered walled garden is peaceful for a wintry stroll and the estate is perfect for frosty walks. Don't forget to follow it up with a Christmas afternoon tea in the Cowshed tea room.

The Temple of Ancient Virtue at Stowe, dressed for Christmas


The garden glistens with crisp frost in winter and the mist drifting across the lakes makes Stowe all the more mysterious and magical. Join Peter Rabbit™ and his friends to discover the garden on a trail throughout December. There are also festive delights in the café and Christmas shopping in the shop.

Outdoor Christmas light at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire


There are magical lights at Waddesdon and the gardens are aglow. From 3 Dec 2020 to 3 Jan 2021 walk the Winter Light trail around the Pleasure Grounds, encounter an installation of colourful light pipes at the Stables, tuck into festive afternoon teas and shop for handmade gifts at the Christmas Fair. Pre-booking is essential.

Decorated Christmas tree in the Octagon Room at Basildon Park

Basildon Park 

Basildon Park always gives good glamour at Christmas time and this year will be no exception. The illuminated woodland walk to the mansion is back, there'll be sumptuously decorated trees, twinkling fairy lights and lavish house displays (Government guidance permitting).

Visitors make paper chains near the Christmas tree at Attingham Park

Christmas crafts how to guides 

From paper chains and pine cones to scented orange slices, keep little fingers busy and learn how to make traditional decorations for a greener Christmas. Get handy tips on making your wreath and watch our wreath-making masterclass video.