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Dunham Massey at Christmastime

A herd of deer gather in the snow in the Dunham Massey Park.
Fallow deer in the snow at Dunham Massey | © Les Stringer

The content on this page is from 2023. Check back in autumn to find out more about our 2024 Christmas plans.

Christmas 2023 is now over

Thank you to everyone who visited in 2023. Check back here in autumn 2024 to plan your next Christmas adventure.

Winter Walks

When the frost forms and the leaves fall, the Dunham Massey Park is the perfect place to venture for a winter walk. The silhouettes of the fallow deer are easier to spot through the ancient trees, and the historic buildings take on a new beauty. In the gardens, the winding paths of the UK's largest Winter Garden beckon you in for an explore.

An illustration of Jolly Robin - a character featured in some of Dunham Massey's family events.
Join Jolly Robin at Dunham Massey's family events this Christmas. | © Illustration by Catherine Jackman

Festive family fun

Family daytime event: Seasonal Stories - Jolly Robin’s Christmas Party

24 Nov - 22 Dec (Fri - Mon), multiple timings, pre-booking advised

Join in the fun this Christmas with a very merry, interactive storytelling adventure. Celebrate with Jolly Robin and their woodland friends at their festive party. A magical, memory-making expereince packed with Christmas joy and adventure.

After the story, take home a party bag including festive shaped crayons, colouring sheet, set of Jolly Robin stickers, and a hanging ornament to decorate at home.

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Family daytime trail: Jolly Robin’s Winter Walk

9 Nov - 21 Jan, 10am - 4pm, included with general admission

Follow this lovely trail to help Jolly Robin find their song and put a spring back in their step! With sparkling frost, life-giving rain and the opportunity to make boots muddy, winter can be lots of fun.

Pull on your coat, embrace the cold and enjoy the sensory delights of the season. Find out top winter facts, wander past historical buildings and ancient trees. Don’t forget to stop for some deer spotting and enjoy a hot drink in the restaurant or café when little legs tire.

Find out more.

Family drop-in: The Festive Book Nook

9 Nov - 2 Jan, 10am - 4pm, included with general admission
Since the conservation of the roof in 2022, the beautiful Orangery has been a haven for potted plants, well-loved stories, and tired legs. From Thursday 9 November, children and families can escape inside this historic space and enjoy a seasonal read on the wing-backed chair, or a comfy cusion.

Located on the formal lown and overlooking the Dunham Massey House, this is the perfect place for families to share a festive tale together.

A family are seen in front of the illuminated house at Dunham Massey at Christmas
Illuminated Christmas trail at Dunham Massey | © Sony Music

Evening light trail: Christmas at Dunham Massey

17 Nov - 31 Dec, multiple timings, pre-booking essential

Masses of twinkling lights and giant glowing deer welcome you to the beautiful and iconic atmosphere of Dunham Massey after dark. This is a landscape of colour-changing lights, tunnels of stars, and larger than life illuminated flowers that tower overhead.

Firmly positioned as a must-see within the UK’s festive calendar, Christmas at Dunham Massey has everything you need for an unforgettable experience with friends and family.

Find out more and book.

A Christmas tree and decorations in Dunham Massey's Stables Restaurant
Christmas decorations in the Stables Restaurant | © Tor Emms

Lunch in the Stables Restaurant

4 - 22 Dec, 12noon - 2.30pm, booking essential.

The Stables Restaurant is perhaps at it's most beautiful during Christmas time when decorations embellish this historic venue, and from 4 till 22 December, we'll be serving pre-booked Christmas Lunch. Whether you're a turkey fan, or prefer a vegan option, this is the ideal location for a festive gathering with good food and company.

Find out more.

Gifts and treats in the shop

The gift shop at Dunham Massey is one of the National Trust’s largest. During the run up to Christmas expect inspirational books, comforting textiles and local produce.

Don’t forget to treat yourself – beautiful tree and home decorations are a lovely extra self-present!

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Oil painting on canvas, Dunham Massey: Bird's-eye View from the South, by Adriaen Van Diest

History of Dunham Massey 

Over 400 years of history have unfolded at Dunham Massey. Uncover the stories of two ancient families – the Booths and the Greys – and their international fortune and friendships.

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Eating and shopping at Dunham Massey 

There's a great choice of food and drink at Dunham Massey, with options to sit inside or outside. Afterwards, visit the shops and discover a treasure trove of goodies, ideal for a gift or souvenir.

A magnolia comes into bloom in the gardens of Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester

Things to do in the garden at Dunham Massey 

There’s nothing like a garden full of spring flowers to lift your spirits and reawaken your senses. See the garden come to life with an array of vibrant colours. From daffodils and tulips to blossom and bluebells, there's something new to see every time you visit through spring.

Visitors walking on a path through the winter parkland at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Visiting the deer park at Dunham Massey 

Dunham Massey's deer park is an historic parkland and naturally spacious place to visit. Walk along the leafy avenues and admire the far-reaching views while getting a breath of fresh air.