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Christmas at Prior Park

A small child bending over to open one of the advent doors that's nestled in leaves near at path at Prior Park
Opening an advent door on the Christmas trail at Prior Park, Bath | © National Trust/Ruth Newell

During 2023 the Christmas themed advent trail returned for one last time, along with bigger and better Christmas decorations. The garden is a perfect place for a peaceful escape away from the city crowds.

Christmas 2023 has now finished at Prior Park

The information below details what happened at Prior Park in December 2023. We hope you enjoyed visiting and looking forward to welcoming you back in 2024. Please check back closer to Christmas 2024 to see what will be available in the garden.

Family Christmas trail

Follow the advent trail hidden in 24 logs around the garden. The calendar doors open to reveal seasonal images, riddles and facts about Christmases past. The trail will be running throughout weekends in December and during the two-week school holiday (closed 24 and 25 December).

Christmas decorations

In 2023 the decorations will be even bigger and better with the Palladian Bridge dressed with festive foliage in time for the school holidays - perfect for a winter picture, and you'll find wreaths at the Tea Shed and visitor reception. Decorations will be on display from Saturday 16 Dec.

Christmas food and drink

You’ll be able to grab a festive snack and seasonal beverages from the Tea Shed in the Cabinet, which will be open on selected days during the winter months.

Visitors exploring the Christmas decorations inside the house at Killerton, Devon

Get into the festive spirit

From wreath-making workshops and carol concerts to winter illuminations, find Christmas days out near you.

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Christmas markets and winter fairs 

Find perfect Christmas presents or stock up on seasonal treats and decorations at a Christmas market or winter fair.

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Christmas lights and winter illuminations 

During winter, many of the places in our care are transformed with colour as they host winter illuminations and lights trails. Check back later in the year for details of the events coming up in 2024.