Houses decorated for Christmas in Sussex

If you’re looking for somewhere special to visit with friends and family this Christmas, look no further than our decorated houses at Petworth and Standen, or just over the Surrey border at Polesden Lacey. With inventive use of winter foilage, handmade decorations from across the ages and scaled-up Christmas trees and wreaths, we’re bringing these special places to life, with traditions new and old. Indulge yourself in locally made mince pies and mulled wine, wander into glamorous showrooms and soak up the festive spirit. Warm yourself with the knowledge that each magical day out supports the National Trust’s work as a charity looking after special places for future generations to enjoy. Here are our best decorated houses, with some behind the scenes knowledge from our house teams:

A traditionally decorated Christmas tree at Standen House & Garden

Getting ready for Christmas at Standen 

Standen’s House Manager, Ben Dale explains how staff, volunteers and visitors help bring the Beale family's house to life at Christmas.

Mannequins deigned by Denise Watson of Delicarta - Bringing Paper to Life on display at Petworth for the Christmas Masquerade

Creating the Petworth Christmas Masquerade

Follow our step by step instalments behind the scenes as Petworth gets ready to present a Christmas Masquerade - a spectacle of mischief and disguise open 3 December to 2 January 2017.

Christmas at Bateman's, fairy book houses and mini books

'Rewards and Fairies' woodland Christmas 

Enjoy the magic of Kipling's fairy tales at Bateman's this Christmas. Come and explore the woodland-themed festivities and activities in and around this beloved family home.

Freshly baked mince pies

A servants' Christmas at Uppark 

Whilst the rest of the house is closed, step back in time to the Victorian era and experience what it would have been like to celebrate Christmas below stairs. From Saturday 5 December 2016 to Wednesday 6 January 2017 see the servants quarters decorated for their festive season.

Christmas decorations at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Decking the halls at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey’s house and collections manager, Jonathan Marsh, explains how staff, volunteers and visitors help bring an Edwardian country house Christmas to life.