Historic houses decked out for Christmas

Step back in time at one of the places we care for and experience a historic Christmas. Travel back to an Edwardian or Victorian Christmas or see how families celebrated the festive season throughout the mid-to-late 20th century. See festive trees adorned with twinkling lights, traditional wreaths brightening up fireplaces or neon-coloured fairy lights to bring some modern character to Christmas.

Costumed interpreters dressing a tree in the Dining Room at Uppark, West Sussex

When you experience a historic Christmas at a place we look after, you’ll be thrown right back to the festivities of the time. You can see houses decked out in historical decorations, from spectacular wreaths, to fireplaces decorated with a Georgian twist, to magnificent trees ready to be admired. There are loads of historic Christmas events going on at many of our places, from stately carriage rides to festive banquets from different eras.

Christmas decorations at Wimpole

East of England 

Experience a historic Christmas in the East of England at one of the spectacular houses in our care. Get into the community spirit with Christmas trees decorated by the locals, and travel back to Victorian or Tudor England to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas in a unique way.

Midlands

North of England

Northern Ireland
Christmastide decorations in the mansion house at Castle Ward

Historic Christmas decorations at Castle Ward 

Christmas cheer abounds at Castle Ward, where you can help out with the lavish Georgian decorations with the servants in the mansion. Why not treat yourself to the tastes of a Georgian Christmas feast – or figure out ‘whodunnit’ in a Christmas murder mystery evening?

Red Christmas stocking decoration hanging on Christmas tree

London and the South East 

There are some wonderful stately homes decorated for Christmas in London and the South East. Travel back in time to a Victorian Christmas where many of our modern English traditions began. Journey through the classic tale of A Christmas Carol and see houses decorated for Christmas – Queen Victoria would be proud of them. Or step into Christmas in the Churchill family home and join in with the festivities.

Christmas tree at Trelissick

South West 

Places across the South West have been busy decking the halls and getting their houses decorated for Christmas. From Cotehele’s spectacular flower garland to Castle Drogo’s 1920s spectacular, these displays are sure to get your Christmas off to a good start.

Wales
A Christmas tree in the Blue Drawing Room at Powis Castle, Powys, Wales

Historic Christmas decorations at Powis Castle 

Christmas at Powis will be celebrated in the style of the 1940s. Expect festive charm with ornately dressed Christmas trees and traditional decorations, and experience the celebrations that the Herbert family would have put on.

The Lord of Misrule playing in the portcullis at Chirk Castle Medieval Christmas event

Christmas festivities to bring joy 

This Christmas, why not try something new – like Christmas carriage rides, tales by torchlight or spending an evening being entertained by the Lord of Misrule? And for a taste of the festivities, there are Christmas pudding workshops and Tudor banquets so you can eat like royalty.