Christmas at Standen

A traditionally decorated Christmas tree at Standen House & Garden

From 24 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 with this year's Christmas installation 'The Xmas Tree' by Mr X Stitch in the courtyard and hear stories from Woodland Santa 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 24 November 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Booking required for some events.

Christmas through the ages

Saturday 24 November – Sunday 6 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.

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.

The Xmas Tree by Mr X Stitch

Saturday 24 November – Sunday 6 January 

Following the success of our decorated tree designed by Timorous Beasties last year, Kaffe Fassett in 2016 and Zandra Rhodes in 2015, Mr X Stitch will be working with local communities and members of the public on a collaborative tree. 

Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chalmers is one of the world’s most well-known male embroiderers, an internationally exhibited textile artist and curator. His fresh and sometimes subversive work proves that this humble craft is alive and kicking and not limited to images of cute kittens and country cottages. 

Jamie is inviting the local community to help put a personal touch to his 20 foot designer Christmas tree in the courtyard, bringing festive joy and merriment to this late Victorian Arts & Crafts family home.

Jamie is looking to work with local community groups in creating bold and colourful baubles to hang on the tree and courtyard. Age, ability and background is no barrier, the only requirement is enthusiasm, an open mind and a sense of adventure. Fans of cross stitch further afield can get involved by downloading patterns available at www.mrxstitch.com/bauble and sending in their baubles to be included in this festive art installation.

See the decorated tree in the courtyard from Saturday 24 November, until Sunday 6 January from 10am to 4pm with extended twilight openings until 6.00pm on Sat & Sun 24 & 25 Nov, 1 & 2 Dec, 8 & 9 Dec and Sat 15 - Sun 23 Dec.

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

Standen at twilight

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec and daily from Sat 15 - Sun 23 Dec (closed 24 & 25 Dec), until 6pm.

Normal admission applies, no booking required.

On our twilight evenings, Standen will remain open until 6pm. Explore the house after dark (last admission 5pm) to see the Beale's home completely transformed by Christmas. Lit by its original light fittings, with roaring log fires and carols 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 and a special Christmas afternoon tea on twilight evenings. 

Make your own Christmas crackers

Tueday 20 November, 10am - 4pm

Local artist and print fellow at City & Guilds in London, Catherine Greenwood gives you all the tools and skills needed to print your own design on a set of 6 handmade crackers. You can then take your hand-carved stamp home to use on corresponding cards, place settings and more.

£85 incl. all materials. Booking essential on: 01342 323029

Festive story-telling in our Woodland Grotto

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec, Sat 15 & Sun 16 Dec and Wed 19 - Sun 23 Dec. Booking essential. Please visit the events page for more details or call 0344 249 1895.

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 Woodland Santa himself and receive a small present and a cup of hot chocolate. £6.50 per child incl small toy. Normal admission applies.

Booking essential: 0344 249 1895 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.