Christmas at Mottisfont

A close-up shot of ornaments and fairy lights in the red room at Mottisfont, Hampshire

This article was about our Christmas activities at Mottisfont in 2017. We'll be updating this with 2018 information later in the year.

All the Colours of Christmas runs from 25 November – 2 January, 10am-4pm (excluding 24 and 25 December). Normal property admission price only.

Our house is dressed with statement trees, piles of presents, dramatic flower arrangements and handmade decorations crafted by talented volunteers.

Each room has a different colour theme. The white bedroom is elegantly styled with shades of gold, pink and teal, featuring presents wrapped in fabric and baubles spilling out of the marble fireplace. Next door, the red room is decorated with a haberdashery theme, further complementing the textiles in our gallery.

The dining room is dressed in gold tones, with a sparkling table display and floor-to-ceiling tree. Five more towering trees take centre stage in the Whistler Room, where the walls are washed with vivid lighting as a grand finale. 

Our house is full of colourful Christmas trees
Five colour Christmas trees brightly lit and decorated in the Whistler Room at Mottisfont, Hampshire
Our house is full of colourful Christmas trees

Outside, follow paths lit with colourful lanterns to discover decorations and festive foliage - and a secret winter wonderland in the cellarium. Installations created by local artists and craft volunteers will emphasise the natural winter colours found around the grounds and estate.

Spot sparkling fish, made by glass artist Alex Hoare, swimming in the font stream. Mandy Flynn has sculped a flock of robins out of wire, which have been decorated by our volunteer craft team; and an elegant stag stalks proudly through the lime tree avenue.

This elegant stag stands proudly in our grounds for Christmas
A wire stag sculputre in the lime avenue at Mottisfont, Hampshire
This elegant stag stands proudly in our grounds for Christmas

Families can discover the grounds with an interactive activity trail, with lots to make and do along the way, including a round of ‘brussel sprout bowling’! There’ll also be a guide for adults to discover more about each installation and the artists who created them. 

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

Christmas for families at Mottisfont 

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 festive craft activity to finish.