Christmas at Standen

From Sat 23 Nov, we are welcoming you to a Beale family Christmas here with the house decorated for festive celebrations in the 1930s. There is plenty to see with this year's Winter Tree designed and created by NEON 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. Dates and times of events vary, booking required for some.

A Beale family Christmas

Sat 23 Nov – Sun 5 Jan, 11am-3pm

From Sat 23 Nov, we'll be welcoming you to a Beale family Christmas here with the house decorated for festive celebrations in the 1930s. Experience the festivities as the Beales would have done with music playing, dancing and even food fights. 

Once you have enjoyed the decorations 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.

Hand-made paper birds and flowers on the tree at Standen
Individually crafted paper flowers and birds with William Morris patterns adorn a Christmas tree at Standen House
Hand-made paper birds and flowers on the tree at Standen

The Winter Tree by NEON

Sat 23 Nov – Sun 5 Jan, 10am-4pm 

As part of Standen’s Christmas celebrations, see the decorated tree in the courtyard by designers NEON alongside 1930s traditionally decorated Christmas trees throughout the house.

NEON are creating a spectacle for the senses in the form of a musical tree that will harness nature to create a magical noise through the garden. Normal admission applies, no booking required.

See the Winter Tree by NEON at Standen
Golden wind chimes (5,000 in total) hang from the large winter tree in the courtyard at Standen
See the Winter Tree by NEON at Standen

Christmas carols and cocktails at Standen

Thu 12 & Fri 13 Dec, 6:30-9:30pm

For this brand new Christmas event at Standen step back in time to the 1920s/30s to experience all the glamour of high society. Put on your best party clothes, enjoy a live musician playing songs from the era, drinks and canapés in the conservatory plus access to certain rooms in the house decorated for the festivities.

£45 per person. Booking essential, call 01342 323029 

Enjoy a festive Christmas gathering at Standen
White flowers, drinks glasses, pearls and white lights surround the piano at Standen House and Garden
Enjoy a festive Christmas gathering at Standen

Standen at twilight

Sat & Sun 23, 24 & 30 Nov & 1, 7, 8 Dec, & daily from Sat 14 Dec – Mon 23 Dec (closed 24 & 25 Dec)

Last entry 5:30pm, house closes 6pm, property closes 6:30pm

Normal admission applies, no booking required.

On our twilight evenings, Standen will remain open until 6:30pm. Explore the house after dark (last admission 5:30pm) to see the Beale's home completely transformed by Christmas. Lit by its original light fittings 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. 

Festive story-telling in our Woodland Grotto

Weekends 30 Nov – 15 Dec, Wed 18 – Mon 23 Dec. Booking essential. Please visit the events page for more details or call 0344 2491895

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. £9 per child includes small toy. Normal admission applies. Please note some areas are muddy, please bring suitable footwear.

Booking essential: call 0344 2491895 or online.

Barking Boxing Day – Bring your dog in festive finery

Thu 26 Dec, 10:30am-12pm

The Beales loved to involve their dogs in the festivities so we are keeping this tradition going at Standen this Boxing Day. Get all the family involved and join in our Barking Boxing Day walk. All dogs wearing a festive costume or accessory get a treat, and the best dressed pooch will be awarded a prize at the end of the walk.

No booking required (normal admission applies). Dogs on leads. Meet at Goose Green.

One of the Beale's dogs dressed up
Bulldog dressed up in a suit like outfit by the Beales (black and white photo)
One of the Beale's dogs dressed up

Blow away the cobwebs with a festive walk

Boxing Day guided walk, Thu 26 Dec 11am-12:30pm

New Year’s Day guided walk, Wed 1 Jan, 11am-12:30pm

Work off any festive over-indulgence with Boxing Day and New Year's Day strolls through the estate with one of our team. Free, no booking required (normal admission applies).

Or you can follow one of our self-guided downloadable trails for a festive walk through the Standen estate.