It wouldn't be Christmas at Lyme without...

The sound of carol singers in fine voice, a crisp winter walk in the park or the scent of mulled spices from a festive drink; we all have that certain something that it just wouldn't be Christmas without.

For the Legh family who lived at Lyme, there were many special moments that made their Christmas complete. Take a look below at some of their traditions and discover how you can have a wonderful Christmas time at Lyme!

" ‘ … the Christmas tree with all its presents; games in the drawing room, music and dancing in the hall, private theatricals in the Long Gallery; hide and seek all over the house…’ "
- 'Treasure on Earth' - Phyllis Sandeman (nee Legh)

Christmas past

For Phyllis Legh, daughter of the 2nd Lord Newton,  Christmas at Lyme was wonderful. The season was filled with the laughter of family and friends who came together to take part in their very own traditions.

The Christmas tree was the responsibility of Truelove, the butler. It was brought in from the estate and  placed in the Long Gallery, where Truelove set about improving its appearence by attaching extra branches to create the perfect shape. Sometimes it was so big, it touched the ceiling.

There has always been a large Christmas tree or two at Lyme
Black and white photograph of Christmas tree decorated in Long Gallery of Lyme, Cheshire from 1910

On Boxing Day, the children of the estate workers would gather around the tree to receive their gift from Lady Newton.

A stage was built  at the far end of the Long Gallery where theatricals were performed by all the family.

Sledging on the hills was a must; there was even ice skating on the lake if it was cold enough!

Christmas present

Lyme is still a wonderful place for families and friends to enjoy the season. Discover some of the festive fun taking place this December.

Father Christmas and a young boy

An Audience with Father Christmas 

Could there be anything more magical than meeting Father Christmas? Bring along your littles ones to ‘An Audience with Father Christmas’ and they can meet him around the fireplace in one of Lyme’s beautiful rooms. Make sure you book your place.

Christmas carol singers in the courtyard at  Lyme, Cheshire

Festivities in the courtyard 

Christmas isn’t just for children! Each weekend from 28 November, fill yourself with festive cheer with the sound of carols in the courtyard. Enjoy a mulled wine (or two) and enjoy tasty seasonal food. Why not call in the shop for some delicious Christmas goodies.