This year, you are cordially invited to Mrs Greville’s Christmas party. Step back in time to the 1930s and experience all the glamour and sparkle of a high society festive soiree.
Here are top ten things you can’t miss at this year’s Christmas party:
1)Our fabulous 16ft central hall Christmas tree
Dressed to impress with authentic ornaments, Mrs Greville’s 16ft Christmas tree will welcome you to the party as you step into the central hall, which was designed by Mewès and Davis, the very same gentlemen who designed the Ritz.
2)Pups playing hide and seek – a family trail
Mrs Greville’s dogs are having a Christmas party of their own and they’re playing mischevious party game of hide and seek throughout the house. Follow our trail and see if you can find where Dougall, Billy and José are hiding.
3)The King’s Christmas speech
Step into the billiard room and listen to the Christmas speech delivered by King George VI in 1937, in which he thanks his subjects for their good wishes following his coronation as a result of his brother, King Edward VIII’s scandalous abdication to marry his lover Mrs Wallis Simpson.
4)Write a letter to Father Christmas
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, write a letter to Father Christmas in the smoking room. You might even catch a glimpse of him coming into the house to collect his mail.
5)Traditional (and delicious) Christmas lunch in the Granary Café
It simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a roast with all the trimmings followed by Mrs Greville’s Christmas plum pudding and mince pies. Discover our mouth-watering Christmas lunch menu and book your place today. Download the Christmas lunch menu.
6)Polesden Lacey dressed for Christmas
Nothing says Christmas like Polesden Lacey dressed in seasonal blooms, red bows and twinkling lights. Enjoy our giant wreath twinkling gently in the twilight of the dairy courtyard. In the house, dozens of red poinsettia arrangements dazzle in the dining room fireplace like flames.
7)Carol singing in the Dairy Courtyard
Local choirs will sing all your favourite Christmas carols in the Dairy Courtyards during weekends only. All you need do is grab a cup of mulled wine, find a seat and try to remember the words to ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.
We’ve got one of the largest and best-stocked gift shops in the National Trust, so don’t forget to leave time for some Christmas shopping. We sell delicious wines and nibbles, fine homeware, artisan crafts made by local artists, book and unique giftware for grown-ups and kids alike. Find great stocking-fillers for your loved ones.
9)Horse and carriage rides
Weekend visitors can take a ride in our festive carriage through the frosty grounds drawn by very special reindeers. They’re actually horses pretending to be reindeers, but don’t say anything because they’re very sensitive about it! Adults £2, children £1.
10)Preparing a Christmas party – a housemaid’s tips
It was the hard-working servants who ensured that Maggie Greville’s Christmas soirees ran smoothly. Learn about a housemaid’s duties in the run up to a Christmas party and pick up some tips along the way.