Christmas at Standen

*This article is about Christmas 2016. We'll be updating it later in the year with information about 2017* From 26 November, we'll be welcoming you into our festive home decorated for Christmas from Victorian through to modern day. There is lots to see with the Winter Tree designed by Kaffe Fassett in the courtyard and our Woodland 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 26 November to Monday 2 January (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Christmas through the ages

Sat 26 Nov – Mon 2 Jan 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 Thursday to Sunday from 1-18 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 Kaffe Fassett

Saturday 26 November 2016 – Monday 2 January 2017

At Standen, designer Kaffe Fassett will create a signature tree in the courtyard adorned with colourful handmade decorations in contrast to the rooms in the house which are decorated to evoke festivities throughout the decades in the Beale family home. There will also be the opportunity to preview a small number of Kaffe’s textiles within the house prior to his 2017 exhibition at Standen. 

Standen exists because the greatest architect and designer of its day was commissioned to build it. That was Philip Webb, father of the Arts and Crafts movement. We want to continue that tradition and so we've commissioned some of the most inspiring designers of our generation to create our Winter Tree: Zandra Rhodes in 2015 and Kaffe Fassett this year.

Our colourful Winter Tree by Kaffe Fassett can be seen daily in the courtyard from Saturday 26th November, until Monday 2 January from 10am to 4pm with extended twilight openings until 6.30pm on Sat 26 Nov, Fri 2 & Sat 3, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Dec and Fri 16-Fri 23 Dec (closed 24 & 25 Dec). 

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

Standen at twilight

Sat 26 Nov, Fri 2 & Sat 3, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Dec and Fri 16- Fri 23 Dec (closed 24 & 25 Dec) 4pm-6.30pm.

Normal admission applies, no booking required.

Explore the house at Standen 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 our woodland Father Christmas

Saturday 3 to Friday 23 December, 11am to 1.30pm
Looking for something to do with the kids this Christmas? Make magical memories at Standen. Visit our woodland Father Christmas in his grotto, take in the spectacular Winter Tree in the courtyard and see how the Beale Family celebrated Christmas through the ages.

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.