Christmas at Tredegar House

A visitor hangs a brown paper wish tag on a christmas tree

The trees are up, the stockings have been hung and a traditional Tredegar House Christmas awaits you. Look out for yuletide tours, festive trails and the return of Scrooge as we welcome the holiday season.

General information

We’ve planned a variety of festive treats for you to enjoy this Christmas from 26th November, but this is what you can expect to find when you visit us... 

  • A historic house and elegant formal gardens decorated for the festive season, to give you a traditional Tredegar House Christmas experience. Please note the house and gardens will be open for long weekends (Friday – Monday) from 5th November – 17th December, then daily until 22nd December. You can view our opening times and prices on our homepage. You no longer need to book your visit. 
  • A vast parkland and lakeside trail to explore, with free self-led activities to enjoy (available to download below). The parkland is free to enter and open every day from dawn to dusk.
  • Our cosy Brewhouse café offering a selection of light bites, cakes and treats, as well as hot and cold drinks, so you can recharge whenever you need. The café is open daily, except 25th and 26th December.
  • Our second-hand bookshop, nestled in the corner of home farm, with a collection of stories to take home for a quiet evening in. The bookshop is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, so we cannot guarantee it will be open every day.

* Please note, the mansion house and formal gardens will close for the winter season on 23rd December. They will reopen for spring on 19th February 2022. 

Read our ‘what to expect’ article to find out how we’ve updated the site to keep everyone safe.

A winter wander with Percy the Park Keeper 

Dates: Fridays – Mondays, 4th – 17th December. Then daily from 17th – 22nd December. 11am - 4pm. 

Where: The formal gardens.

Price: £2 per trail pack. Normal admission fees apply. 

There’s a lot to do over winter in the gardens at Tredegar House, so Percy could do with a helping hand. Have a go at some winter tasks and activities around the gardens with Percy’s animal friends. A note from Percy will guide you on your way and you'll be given a goodie bag to reward you for your efforts.

Self-led Christmas Craft

Dates: 4th & 5th, 12th, 18th & 19th December, 11am – 3pm.

Where: The orangery.

Price: Free, but normal admission fees apply. Donations to Tredegar House are greatly appreciated by text or our donation boxes on site. 

Stop by the orangery for some festive Christmas craft! We’ll provide everything you need to make your own creations, all you need to do is have fun and let your imagination run wild. Please note this is a self-led activity and adult supervision is advised. 

Festive stars hang from the branches of a tree in front of the mansion house

Cotyledon's food and craft market

Dates: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December, 11am – 4pm.

Where: The car park and home farm. 

Price: Free for everyone to enjoy. 

Cotyledon will be returning with their food and craft market, just in time for some Christmas shopping! With a variety of stalls selling local produce, the market is the perfect place to collect some unique Christmas gifts.

Magical music weekend

Dates: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December, 11am – 3.30pm.

Where: The home farm, formal gardens and mansion house.

Price: Free, but normal admission fees apply. 

We’re pleased to be welcoming local musicians and community groups to get us in the Christmas spirit. Spend the weekend enjoying their festive performances as you explore the house and grounds. 

Scrooge returns to Tredegar House this Christmas
Scrooge scowls at the camera from a festive brown room
Scrooge returns to Tredegar House this Christmas

Scrooge returns 

Dates: 17th – 22nd December, 11am – 3.30pm. 

Where: The mansion house. 

Price: Free, but normal admission fees apply. 

Watch out! Mr Scrooge returns to Tredegar House this Christmas – for every “Merry Christmas” he hears, there’s a “Bah, Humbug!” in response. Look out for his faded night gown and furrowed frown as you wander through the mansion house. 

Yuletide tours 

Dates: Friday 3rd & Friday 10th December, 6pm – 7pm or 7pm – 8pm.

Where: The mansion house.

Price: £12.50 per person. Pre-booking is mandatory. Book here.  

For those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the weekend, why not join us after hours for a guided tour? Our expert historians will take you on a journey to Christmases past with the Morgan family, to find out more about the festive traditions in years gone by as you explore the mansion house. 

Things to note: 

  • A glass of mulled wine or soft drink and a mince pie is included. Other food and drink is not permitted in the mansion house.
  • Due to the historic architecture of the house, the route will include steps and is unfortunately unsuitable those who are less mobile. 

Outdoor activities 

We’ve also prepared some free festive activities for you to enjoy while you explore the parkland. Download any of our activity sheets below to add a touch of Christmas cheer to your wintery walk… 

A child explores a wintery woodland

Reindeer walk

Father Christmas’ reindeer have been exploring the parkland. Can you spot where they’ve been? Download our handy reindeer map to help you find them in the trees.

Children play in a muddy park

50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾

Enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer this season, with our ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾’ activities. Create your own adventure by downloading our activity sheet here.

A swan glides on the lake at Tredegar House

Bird watching at Tredegar House

There are lots of birds that call Tredegar House home, see how many you can spot with our handy spotter sheet.