Christmas at Lyme
Get into the festive spirit with a visit to Lyme this Christmas. Step into the house where Christmas has been interrupted by an animal takeover, go on a winter walk through the estate and listen to some Christmas carols in the Timber Yard.
Christmas in the house
Christmas starts with a bang as the carnival comes to Lyme. Step into the house where Christmas has been interrupted by an animal takeover. Seeking refuge from extreme rain, the house becomes home to magnificent and unusual beasts.
For the first time, the house will be open every day from 1–24 December.
Christmas music at Lyme
Join in with some Christmas carols in the Timber Yard and you’ll feel jolly in no time. It’s the most wonderful time of the year to get together with your friends and family and sing to your heart’s content. Why not pick up a hot chocolate from the café while you’re there?
2, 3, 9, 10, 16 - 24 December in the afternoon.
(Please note that the performance on Sunday 24 December will take place in the courtyard at the House)
We have sensory bags and ear defenders that are available to borrow from the entrance hall in the house. The Chapel has been transformed into a sensory space with soft lighting and comfortable seating for visitors to step away from the busy house and into a relaxing environment. The Chapel is open daily throughout December from 11am–4pm.
Wrap up warm and explore the garden or head out to the wider estate for walks through woodland and across the moorland for far-reaching views. With over 1,400 acres to enjoy there is something for all ages and abilities. Head into the garden for accessible paths perfect for wheelchairs and buggies. Pick up a walking leaflet from the ticket office or download one from the website.
Festive food and drink
After stretching your legs and exploring the vast estate, refuel with a warming drink and slice of cake in one of our cafés – there’s something for everyone. Or enjoy a festive treat at Lyme this Christmas with our Festive Afternoon Tea in the Servants' Hall Monday - Friday throughout December.
Christmas shopping at Lyme
Escape the high street and do your Christmas shopping at Lyme. Whether it’s environmentally-friendly swaps for a more sustainable life, a gift for a loved one or an indulgence for yourself, you're bound to find the perfect gift at Lyme.
Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park
Feeling peckish during your visit to Lyme? There's a choice of eateries, each serving a wide range of snacks and drinks. After you've refuelled, head to the shops to browse for a special gift or souvenir.
From running, skipping and jumping around Crow Wood play area and dressing up in period costume inside the house, to spotting red deer in the park, there’s something for everyone at Lyme.
In 600 years, Lyme has acquired all kinds of unusual objects and strange secrets. Dressed for the festive season, the house is open daily in December until Christmas eve. Here's what to look out for.
Explore all the different areas of the garden at Lyme. From the herbaceous border to golden Japanese maple trees, there's lots of autumn colour to find at the second highest garden in the National Trust.