Christmas at Standen

A traditionally decorated Christmas tree at Standen House & Garden

From 25 November, we'll be welcoming you into our festive home decorated for Christmas from Victorian times through to modern day. There is plenty to see with the Winter Tree designed by Timorous Beasties in the courtyard and hear stories from Father Christmas in his grotto . Come and enjoy extended twilight openings for a special view of the house after dark and to finish off your Christmas shopping. Saturday 25 November 2017 to Tuesday 2 January 2018 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Booking required for some events.

Christmas through the ages

Saturday 25 November – Tuesday 2 January 11am-3pm

Stroll into the house past the lit fireplace in the hall before entering each room dressed for a different decade in which the family celebrated Christmas at Standen. Whilst upstairs, pop into the Christmas crafts selling exhibition from artists of the Sussex Guild, open Wednesday 6 to Saturday 23 December.  

Once you have enjoyed the festivities in the house, peruse the Arts and Crafts inspired gifts in the shop or spoil yourself with a warming drink and Christmas treat in Barn Café. Normal admission applies.

Winter Tree by Timorous Beasties

Saturday 25 November 2017 – Tuesday 2 January 2018

Following the success of the Winter Tree designed by Kaffe Fassett last year and Zandra Rhodes in 2015, Timorous Beasties will be the radical designers of this years’ Winter Tree at Standen. Award winning designers Timorous Beasties are notorious for taking classic design patterns such as damask, Toile de Jouy, Chintz, reinterpreting them to create what has been heralded as modern cult classics. 

Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, the designers behind Timorous Beasties will create a striking signature tree in the courtyard. Using their unique style they’ll create a piece of art celebrating the house’s cultural heritage and the Beale family’s love of Arts & Crafts. Paul and Alistair’s bespoke design will offer a nod to Standen’s beautiful collections of patterned wallpaper and textiles.

As with the Arts & Crafts Movement, they often look towards the past for inspiration, but subvert the subject matter to bring it new meaning and life, in order to appeal to a contemporary audience.

See the Winter Tree in the courtyard from Saturday 25 November, until Tuesday 2 January from 10am to 4pm with extended twilight openings until 6.30pm on Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov, Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, and Sat 16 to Fri 22 Dec. 

Discover Christmas as the Beale family would have celebrated it
Christmas tree in drawing room at Standen

Standen at twilight

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov, Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, and Sat 16 to Fri 22 Dec.

Normal admission applies, no booking required.

On our twilight evenings, Standen will remain open until 6pm. Explore the house after dark from 4pm to see the Beale's home completely transformed by Christmas. Lit by its original light fittings, with roaring log fires and music playing in the hall, this is a unique opportunity to see a selection of rooms in the house as they are rarely seen.  

The shop will be open and full of Christmas inspiration so you can tick everyone off your Christmas gift list. From books and sweet treats to Arts & Crafts inspired gifts there will be something for even the hardest to buy for. Barn Café will be serving seasonal food and drink so you can enjoy some refreshment before heading home.

Book now for stories with Woodland Santa

Saturday 3 to Friday 23 December, 11am to 1.30pm
This Christmas our younger visitors can join one of our story telling sessions in our Woodland Grotto. After a walk through the wintery garden, settle down in the grotto and enjoy a Christmas story and after meet Santa himself and receive a small present and a cup of hot chocolate.

£6.50 Booking essential: by phone 0344 2491895 or online.

Blow away the cobwebs with a festive walk

Follow one of our self-guided downloadable trails for festive walk through the Standen estate. Or join in an guided event on Boxing Day or New Year's Day.