Christmas at Powis Castle

The castle and top terrace illuminated at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the festive period here at Powis. Enjoy illuminated gardens and craft workshops, fine festive foods and story time with Father Christmas. There’s something to add some sparkle to everyone's Christmas.

From 24 November step into a ‘Portrait of Christmas’ in Powis Castle’s stunning State Rooms. See a series of festive scenes unfold behind giant gilt frames which glint beneath the golden light of chandeliers. Traditional decorations and clever instillations will reveal more about how the Herbert family spent their Christmas.

If you’d rather pull on your winter woollies and get outdoors, blow away the winter cobwebs with a stroll along the top terrace. Take in the breath-taking view across the Severn valley and admire ancient yews and Italianate terraces; they’re at their most magical with a fine dusting of winter frost.

Both the castle and garden are open daily until 4pm (last entry 3.30pm, closed 25 December).

Illuminated Gardens

Brighten up your dark winter nights with a stroll around our spectacularly lit formal garden, terraces and courtyard. Afterwards visit the Castle’s decorated state rooms, warm up with a hot drink and light snack in the restaurant, or do a little Christmas shopping in the Courtyard Shop. All are open until 8pm. If you’re looking for something to get you into the festive spirit, this is an event not to be missed.

Friday to Sunday, 30 November - 16 December, 5pm - 9pm (last entry 8pm). Adult £7.15, Child £3.60, Family (2A,2C) £17.90, Family (1A, 3C) £10.75). Free to members. 

Meet Father Christmas

Meeting Father Christmas is one of the family experiences that makes the festive period so magical. Bring along your little ones and you’ll not only put a bit of sparkle in your yuletide, you’ll also be doing your bit to support our ongoing conservation work at Powis.
See Father Christmas in his Grotto on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-23 December. £6.50 per child with a gift and delicious Christmas cookie. Booking essential.

Or, if you’d like to spend a bit more time with Father Christmas, join him for breakfast in the Courtyard Restaurant. Afterwards he’ll be sharing some of his favourite festive stories in our cosy bookshop before giving each child a Christmas gift to take home. This is a memorable experience guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

Enjoy breakfast with Father Christmas on Saturdays and Sundays from 24 November - 16 December. Adult £10.95, Child £9.95. Booking essential. 

Christmas Carol Concert

There are few better ways to get in the festive spirit than by singing carols. Join us on 5 December in the beautiful setting of our ballroom for our ever-popular annual carol concert with Chester St. Cecilia Singers. Why not pre-book dinner before the concert in our Courtyard Restaurant too? Adult £10, children £5. Booking essential. 

Twelve Crafts of Christmas

Nothing says 'Christmas is here' like hanging a homemade wreath on your front door or making the perfect handcrafted gift for a loved one. We have twelve different craft workshops in November and December, each led by an expert who will teach you everything you need to know for a crafty Christmas. Booking essential, visit our what’s on page to discover more.

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Take a relaxing break between activities and sit down to sample the delicious festive fare in our Courtyard Restaurant.  Open daily from 10am-4pm, we’ll be serving a delicious selection of main meals, light bites, cakes and drinks.

Why not take a break from festive preparations to treat yourself and a friend to an indulgent afternoon tea? We’ll be serving a selection of petit sandwiches, delicious cakes and traditional loose leaf tea. You can also add a glass of prosecco or mulled wine to really get you in the Christmas spirit.

£12.00 per person or £18.00 with a glass of prosecco or mulled wine. Booking essential. For further information or to book call 01938 551927.

Shop ‘til you drop

Christmas shopping? Skip the hectic high street and wrap up your gift buying in our Courtyard Gift Shop. Christmas cards and decorations, gorgeous gifts, festive foods, and gift hampers made to order; our range has everything you need for a magical Christmas.

So what are you waiting for? Visit Powis this winter and add some sparkle to your Christmas. To book one of our events or to find out more visit our events page