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Christmas in the East of England

Young boy and girl look up at the Christmas lights at Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Girl and boy looking at Christmas lights at Blickling Estate, Norfolk | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Add a little sparkle to your festive days out in the East of England 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.

Christmas days out near you

It's the season to enjoy houses decorated for Christmas, sparkling winter lights and seasonal food and drink from our cafés. Here's some inspiration of where to go in Cambridgeshire this year for your festive experience.Christmas days out in Cambridgeshire
Wimpole Christmas Lights
Wimpole Christmas Lights | © Raymond Gubbay
Visit Ickworth, where the house will be beautifully decorated and Christmas crafts return. You can also celebrate a traditional Christmas at Flatford or one with an Anglo-Saxon twist at Sutton Hoo.Christmas days out in Suffolk
Winter illuminations in the Italianate garden at Ickworth. Various shades of oranges, reds, pinks and blues uplight the trees and plants
Winter illuminations in the Italianate garden at Ickworth. | © National Trust Images / Ray Dale
New for 2023, we've got brand new experiences at Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Estate that will see the houses transformed for Christmas. Enjoy colourful decorations, winter illuminations and seasonal food and drink. Plan your festive day out with all the family.Christmas days out in Norfolk
Image shows Christmas tree sculptures wound with fairy lights in front of the illuminated hall at Blickling
Christmas lights at Blickling | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman
Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Visit Paycocke's House for an authentic Tudor Yuletide, or head to Dunstable Downs with trails for children, festive music, family crafts and Christmas shopping.Christmas days out in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Visitors at the Christmas market at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Where will you visit next?

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

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


Winter illuminations, a chance to meet Father Christmas, family trails and elaborate decorations are just some of what’s in store at the places we care for over the festive season in 2023.