Lighting up the night with Wallington's Christmas display

Published : 08 Dec 2016

This Christmas we’re hosting over 760 events and celebrations across the country, from winter markets to festive craft workshops and beautiful light displays.

To mark the start of the seasonal celebrations, we're showcasing 1,000 spectacular Christmas trees at Wallington, a stunning 17th century mansion and grounds in Northumberland. Some are real trees which have been decorated with festive lights, while others have been hand-crafted.

The trees have been dressed by a team of 33 volunteers and staff, who have spent an incredible 744 collective hours preparing the festive decorations. The centrepiece of the display is the 115-year-old 40ft Nookta Cypress tree, which stands in front of the main house.

Staff and volunteers have spent 744 hours decorating Wallington for Christmas
A member of National Trust staff decorating a Christmas tree at Wallington

 It takes a team of arboriculturalists on cherry pickers two days to hang 6,000 LED bulbs that transform the tree, with a further 6,000 lights adorning branches across the rest of the estate.

Wallington was donated to us by the Trevelyan family in 1942, and since then we’ve been working to preserve and protect the 13,000-acre estate.  The seasonal display was inspired by the Trevelyan family’s unique ‘Book of Trees’ which was kept by three generations - capturing the life cycle of trees around the property.

" The celebration of an old tradition – decorating the many trees we have here – really makes for a memorable experience for our visitors. It also highlights the incredible work the team do behind-the-scenes to make Christmas a special time for everyone."
- Robert Thompson, House Steward

Robert Thompson, the House Steward for Wallington said: “The celebration of an old tradition – decorating the many trees we have here – really makes for a memorable experience for our visitors. It also highlights the incredible work the team do behind-the-scenes to make Christmas a special time for everyone.”

“We want our guests to experience the nation’s oldest Christmas stories and enjoy the places that keep these traditions alive.” said Christmas Project Lead Leanne Ricketts. “It’s only with the support of our visitors and members that our volunteers and staff can dedicate thousands of hours bringing the traditions of our places to life, and paving the way for families and friends to create their own Christmas with us.”