Things to do with the kids this Christmas in the South East

Winter walking, trails and festive fairytale fun awaits you at our properties across the South East this Christmas. Make new memories with your family this season with the National Trust.

Child and Christmas tree in the Whistler Room at Mottisfont, Hampshire

A colourful Christmas at Mottisfont 

We're having a colourful Christmas at Mottisfont, inspired by a vibrant exhibition in the gallery. Pick up a trail sheet at visitor reception and follow the map to discover hidden colours around the grounds, from bright pheasant feathers and red-breasted robins to evergreen leaves. There are lots of activities to do along the way - including a round of 'brussel sprout bowling' - and a craft activity to finish.

The courtyard at dusk lit by Christmas lights at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

A fun-packed festive day out at Hatchlands Park 

Meet Father Christmas, follow our children’s trail to discover the story of the first Silent Night, or just drop in to our café for a mince pie and head out for a winter walk at Hatchlands Park, Surrey.

A christmas wreath hanging on door number 2 of Stowe's advent walk

An advent calendar on a giant scale at Stowe 

Embrace the season at Stowe and enjoy a world of frost-kissed gardens as you and the family uncover 24 hidden doors in the landscape. Throughout December, grab a map from the welcome area and head out on a wintery quest. The Advent doors have been created by our team and the local community.

Sika deer at Knole

Meet some real life Rudolphs at Knole 

You and the kids can come for breakfast with Knole's deer herd in December and join deer keeper Dom as he completes a winter morning feeding session. There's also a fun-filled deer trail around the grounds where the little ones can find 10 special deer around the park, and Christmas craft workshops too.

A family enjoying the Christmas trail

Festive fresh air fun at Emmetts Garden 

Oh no - the Boise family have lost their Christmas presents. Help track them down on a fun family trail around the gardens at Emmetts Garden in Kent, or try some winter themed 50 things to do before you're 11¾ activities.

A child by the Christmas tree at Bateman's in East Sussex

Christmas with Kipling's woodland fairies 

This Christmas revisit 'Rewards and Fairies' in celebration of the recent re-publication of the book earlier in the year. Wander around the house, decorated with natural handmade decorations. There may even be some fairies hidden among the branches of the Christmas tree.

Victorian housemaid decorates Christmas tree

Step back in time at Uppark 

Uppark's Victorian servants invite you 'below stairs' to help with their busy Christmas preparations. Our fun house and garden trail draws children into the world of Victorian foods and traditions. There's a table to lay, napkins to fold, and puddings to stir - keep an eye out for Uppark's pesky mice. You’ll find simple activities for little ones and a harder puzzle for older children. 2 – 31 December (closed 24 & 25 December).

Two little children try some baked treats

Foodie fun at Winchester City Mill 

Our family bauble trail sets little ones off on an adventure to find favourite Christmas traditions. Look out for mischievous hidden elves too. You can help us make our big Christmas pudding on Stir up Sunday (25 November), and sample the results of our festive baking day demos (10 & 16 December). 16 – 24 December. Free activities.

Fabric Christmas elf in red outfit, with Vyne's roof in background

Rooftop festive trail at The Vyne 

Father Christmas is trying to land his sleigh, but will our rooftop walkway get in the way? The reindeer and elves are causing mischief too. Follow our new family trail on to the roof to find out if he succeeds. You can 'Tag-a-Tile' too and make your own mark on this former Tudor palace. 1 December – 2 January, trail £1 (closed 24 & 25 December)