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Christmas in London and the South East

A decorated Christmas tree with presents on the floor, between two red sofas against a backdrop of richly decorated red and gold wallpaper
Richly decorated Christmas tree at The Vyne in Hamphire | © National Trust / Virginia Langer

Add a little sparkle to your festive days out in London and the South East this Christmas. Discover houses dressed to impress, enjoy winter illuminations after dark, and find the best places to meet Father Christmas with all the family.

Top Christmas days out in the South East

Three giant nutcracker soldiers standing guard at Nymans in West Sussex
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A Nutcracker Christmas at Nymans 

Explore The Nutcracker at Nymans this Christmas, with costumes from Matthew Bourne's production Nutcracker!, a trail in the garden and a house sumptuously decorated for a fairy tale Christmas. From Saturday 18 November until Monday 1 January 2024, 10am - 4pm.

Christmas scene, frost leaves with blue background and an open book with fairytale character coming out of the book
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A Fairytale Christmas at Polesden Lacey 

A Christmas extravaganza inspired by Mrs Greville’s love for entertainment and unforgettable experiences with family and friends. So spread the word with your loved ones and enjoy scenes of A Fairytale Christmas at Polesden Lacey this winter.

Father Christmas's cloak draped on a chair in front of a desk piled with letters, a ledger, a globe and a pile of presents
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A Christmas Journey to the North Pole at Mottisfont 

25 November 2023 - 7 January 2024: follow letters to Father Christmas on a magical journey to the North Pole, from children dreaming in decorated bedrooms to a polar bear’s ball, and experience the wonder of the northern lights. 

London Themed Christmas Tree at Hinton Ampner
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A Neverland® Christmas at Hinton Ampner 

Between 25 November 2023 and 1 January 2024, the mansion house at Hinton Ampner will be decorated for the festive season with inspiration taken from the story of Peter Pan. You'll also be able to visit Hook's Books and Tink's Tuckshop for some Christmas treats.

Children on the sleigh at a Christmas trail
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Christmas and New Year at Sheffield Park and Garden 

This information is about Christmas 2023, we’ll update for 2024 nearer the time. Embrace the festive season with Christmas activities and events for all the family from our Mouse and Mole family trail to a New Year's Day guided walk with Assistant Head Gardener Chris.

A child and parent looking at marble room with white snow dusted Christmas trees
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Christmas at Hatchlands 

This Christmas, we bring the story of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis to Hatchlands, as the house and parkland becomes a magical backdrop for this classic adventure.

Walking with The Snowman™ at Winkworth Arboretum
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Knole at Christmas 

Walking with The Snowman™ trail at Knole until 15 January. Christmas in the showrooms has now finished.

Child sitting on the bench under the colourful archway in the enchanted winter garden in the Marble Hall at Petworth, West Sussex
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Christmas at Petworth House 

For Christmas 2023 we invited you to explore Petworth House, festively decorated with Christmas trees, with choirs singing on weekends and a magical late opening.

Family by the Christmas tree at Scotney Castle, Kent
Family by the Christmas tree at Scotney Castle, Kent | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Find a Christmas day out near you

Christmas in Kent
Look out for giant The Snowman™ sculptures at Knole, and step back in time for a Tudor Christmas at Ightham Mote. Enter a magical storybook world at Chartwell, or join the Swinging Sixties Christmas party at Scotney Castle. At Quebec House there's twinkling lights, greenery and a Georgian feast.Plan a Christmas day out in Kent
Christmas in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
Enjoy a Wind in the Willows inspired Christmas at Basildon Park, and a 12 Days of Christmas themed day out at Hughenden. Greys Court is all cosy nostalgia and candlelight and Waddesdon is going to be more spectacular than ever. At Stowe you can explore the enchanting gardens, and at Chastleton, you can take a step-down memory lane with a 60s themed Christmas. Nuffield Place and Claydon will also be re-opening at Christmas for the first time in several years.Christmas events in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
Christmas in Hampshire
Discover sparkle and ‘wow’ moments as stories come to life in our historic houses and gardens in Hampshire. Board the ‘Christmas Express’ to the polar bear’s ball at Mottisfont. Sit in a life-size swan sleigh at The Vyne’s Nutcracker experience. At Hinton Ampner you’ll step into Peter Pan’s glittering Neverland Christmas.Head out for a Christmas adventure in Hampshire
Christmas in Sussex
Join us for a Nutcracker inspired Christmas at Nymans, and head out for a festive adventure with Mouse and Mole at Sheffield Park and Garden. Make memories to treasure at Standen, Uppark and Bateman’s which will be adorned in festive decorations, and step back in time to a 70’s themed Christmas at Lamb House. At Bodiam Castle, you can enjoy wintry walks in the fresh air, join in with the Christmas trail, and take your photo in Father Christmas’s sleigh.Discover Christmas days out in Sussex
Christmas in Surrey
Immerse yourself in a fairytale themed Christmas at Polesden Lacey, and step into Narnia at Hatchlands with a trail inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. At Claremont Landscape Garden you can experience the magical world of The Snow Queen on a fun-filled family trail.Christmas adventures in Surrey
Christmas in London
There's a flurry of festivity at our places in London this Christmas. Enjoy gleaming winter gardens or explore the open space at our historic estates. Look out for Christmas trees at Ham House or winter birds huddled together at Osterley.Plan a Christmas day out in London
A Christmas tree and decorations in The Great Hall at Knole
The Great Hall at Knole at Christmas | © National Trust / Lois Leyland
Visitors walking among daffodils at Dora's Field, Ambleside, Cumbria

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.

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A Christmas Journey to the North Pole at Mottisfont 

25 November 2023 - 7 January 2024: follow letters to Father Christmas on a magical journey to the North Pole, from children dreaming in decorated bedrooms to a polar bear’s ball, and experience the wonder of the northern lights. 

The Dining Room decorated for Christmas at Hughenden
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The 12 Days of Christmas at Hughenden 

Whisk your family away from the everyday and escape into a Christmas fairytale on your doorstep. This year, enchanting scenes from the 12 days of Christmas are brought to life in the garden, stableyard and manor at Hughenden. Inspired by the the traditional festive carol, 'The 12 Days of Christmas', we’ll be transforming the Manor and grounds into a series of enchanting and playful scenes. Set a date to meet family and friends at Hughenden to come together in a fairytale Christmas setting and make lasting memories.

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A Fairytale Christmas at Polesden Lacey 

Visit Polesden Lacey this Christmas for a magical experience. Explore the glittering '12 Days of Christmas' displays in the house, join the storybook trail or simply join us for a winter walk. Dates: 3 December – 2 January. Normal admission fees apply.

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

Christmas 

Christmas Day might be over, but there's still plenty to do at the places in our care. We'll be adding details of our Christmas 2024 events later in the year, so please check back closer to the time.