The best of Christmas at Polesden Lacey

Come and join our 1930s Christmas party from 30 November - 23 December. There's plenty of fun to be had all over the property - here are a few of our favourite highlights.

A twinkling Christmas tree in the corner of the gold saloon.

A 1930s Christmas

Step back in time to the 1930s and experience all the glamour of a high society Christmas soirée. The house is abloom with seasonal flowers, the scents of nutmeg and cinnamon drift from the servery, and 1930s tunes float through the air to set your feet dancing.

A horse wears a Christmas hat in front of Polesden Lacey house

Weekend 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 £3, children £2.


Party animals children's trail

Party animals: throughout the grounds you'll find our chickens, birds and bees preparing their homes for the festivities. Look for their stockings hung up ready and waiting for the big day and their rather unusual letters to Father Christmas, on our free trail for families.

A marble fireplace filled with poinsettia

Festive foliage

Nothing says Christmas like Polesden Lacey dressed in seasonal blooms, red bows and twinkling lights. In the house, dozens of red poinsettia arrangements dazzle in the dining room fireplace like flames, while mistletoe adorns each picture frame inviting festive kisses.

Two toy dogs hide beneath a lace sheet

A party for pooches

Look out for Maggie’s dapper dogs having their own festive party throughout the house, or write a letter to Father Christmas and post it in the Polesden post box.

Christmas decorations at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Mrs Greville's sparkling Christmas tree

Dressed to impress with authentic 1930s ornaments, Mrs Greville’s impressive 18ft Christmas tree will welcome you to the party as you step into the central hall. Look out for the gifts for Polesden's illustrious guests, sitting under the tree waiting to be opened, then explore further to find trees twinkling in every corner.

Royal Family Coronation Photograph

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 King Edward VIII’s scandalous abdication to marry his lover Mrs Wallis Simpson.

A row of carol singers and music on a stand

Live festive music in the Stable Courtyard

Music brings the Christmas spirit to life in the Stable Courtyard, so grab a cup of mulled wine, snuggle up under a blanket and sing along to your favourites. Local choirs and bands will sing and play live at weekends, and on some days in the week before Christmas.

A selection of Christmas decorations found in our gift shop

Off the high-street Christmas gifts 

Find unique gifts that can't be found on the high-street for your favourite person this Christmas. We stock a range of charming stocking fillers in the gift shop, including delicious nibbles, unique homeware, a range of beautiful books and selection of toys. Or - why not give the gift of National Trust membership.

Mince pies

Festive food

Visit our lively café and coffee shop for delicious traditional Christmas fare. Choose from a range of festive treats including mince pies, mulled wine and lots more.

A couple dance in the gold room at Polesden Lacey

Visiting the house after Christmas 

You can still enjoy our 1930s Christmas in the house after 25 December. Click here to find out when you can visit the house and who you might meet while you're there...

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