Christmas at Stowe

Mince pies and a festive drink

It wouldn't Christmas without a trip to Stowe. Enjoy an extra-special Christmas making new family traditions and reminiscing about old ones on a wintry walk in the gardens with your family.

Winter is the perfect time to see the gardens glisten with crisp frost and mist drifting across the lakes. Throughout the season soak up the atmosphere at the New Inn visitor centre to spend time with family and friends at our festive events. From 28 November there'll be carol singing every weekend, children can make their own Christmas angels to take home and leave a wish on the tree. Add a touch of sparkle to your Christmas and find special gifts in our shop. 
The café will be serving a wide range of home-cooked food and festive fare. Treat yourself with a spot of retail therapy and relax whilst you browse from a selection of local and seasonal products. Give the gift of National Trust Membership to a loved one, for a Christmas present that lasts a year. When you make a purchase at Stowe it directly supports the restoration of the gardens.  
Open daily throughout the season, including Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Years Day 10am to 4pm (closed 25th December). 
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The Palladian Bridge at Stowe covered in snow.

Winter walks at Stowe

Get your walking boots on and wrap up warm because winter has come to Stowe. Embrace the season and enjoy a walk across the frost-kissed gardens. A walk towards the eleven acre lake will offer a crisp breeze, a quiet serenity and views of this winter wonderland.

A child placing their wish on the Christmas tree with bright baubles and twinkly lights

Family moments to cherish 

We all reminisce over our childhood Christmases. Bring your family to Stowe in Buckinghamshire and create magical new memories for them to cherish as they grow older.

Mince pies and a festive drink

Festive food in the cafe 

It wouldn't be Christmas without some self-indulgence and tasty treats. At Stowe in Buckinghamshire, we love home-made and want to share. Join us in our cafe for some warming festive fare.

Piles of blankets and a toy ram

Everything woolly 

We have all you need for a cosy night curled up by the fire in our wide variety of gorgeous blankets, an extensive collection of books and National Trust tea and biscuits. Venturing out into the frosty world of winter? We have you covered. Avoid rosy cheeks and reddened ears by wrapping up warm with our collection of woolly hats, scarves and comfy jumpers.

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy


It won’t be long after Christmas before you see the gardens bursting with snowdrops or as we fondly like to call them ‘Stowedrops’. Enjoy chilly walks in late December and the New Year to spot the early signs of them peeping through as they develop in the masses throughout the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden.

A traditional Twelfth Night cake - a round fruit cake covered in white royal icing. Swans decorate the top of the cake in a spiral pattern with swirling piped icing to create a regency style

Twelfth Night cake

Rich crumbly fruit cake, sumptuous icing and a classic design. We’ll help you make a marvellous twelfth night cake with this recipe from the kitchen at National Trust Stowe – well, it wouldn't be Christmas without it.

A view of sheep peeping through a hole in a tree route, standing in the snow in the gardens of Stowe

Parkland strolls

Get a breath of fresh air with an invigorating walk through the parkland. Views were created to make a seamless picture across the landscape into the garden. Along your way you can catch glimpses of temples and lakes whilst you may come across some of our resident long-horn cattle, sheep and birds. Munjac deer also roam free throughout some of our parkland - dogs are welcome on short leads.

Christmas decorations lying on sheets of music in preparation for carol singing

Carols and music at Stowe 

Huddled around a cup of hot chocolate listening to carols is what we all love about Christmas. Join us at Stowe for a variety of local groups and musicians performing every weekend from 28 Nov - 19 Dec.