Christmas at Stowe

Enjoy a relaxed season of homemade and traditional events. With an advent calendar in the landscape, crisp winter walks, Christmas meals, carols and a festive shopping season to choose from, there's an opportunity to escape the twenty-first century world.

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, take a look below at what's on. 

Open daily throughout the season, including Boxing Day and New Years Day 10am to 4pm (closed 24 and 25 December). 

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Exploring the monumental landscape advent calendar at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Landscape advent calendar

Embrace the season and enjoy a world of frost-kissed gardens as you uncover 24 hidden 'doors' in the landscape. Available daily from 1 December 10am-4pm, grab a map from the welcome area and head out on a wintery quest. Advent doors have been created by our team and the local community.

Stallholder display in the parlour rooms at Stowe decorated for Christmas

Christmas shopping season 

Seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the shopping centres? Between 12 November and 16 December, there'll be a variety of local stallholders selling homeware, art, jewellery, tatsy treats, gifts and much more. Drop in to the historic Parlour Rooms at the New Inn to browse at your leisure.

A Christmas dinner with a plate of turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes laid on a table with crackers, cutlery and Christmas decorations

Christmas meals at Stowe

Our chefs are on hand to help add some Christmas sparkle into your diary. Whether you're catching up with friends and family or you want to organise a group booking, our two or three course Christmas menu is here for an indulgent lunch. Not a dish to clean in sight!

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

Carols in the courtyard

Support local choirs and music groups from Buckingham, Towcester and Mursely, as they perform every weekend from 1 Dec between 10.45am and 2pm. Huddle around with a glass of mulled wine and listen to carols in the courtyard.

An image of a map of Stowe, showing a route for walking and highlighting flora and fauna to see in the winter.

A winter wander walk

Get your walking boots on and kick off your winter blues with a refreshing wander. We've picked out flora, fauna and wildlife highlights for you to spot along on this trail.

A female in a red jumper holding a christmas gift

Retail therapy 

We have all you need for a cosy night curled up by the fire with our wide variety of blankets, an extensive collection of gifts and decorations. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, give the gift of National Trust Membership to a loved one, for a Christmas present that lasts a year.

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

Parkland strolls this winter 

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. Dogs are welcome on short leads.

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.

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.