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Christmas at Cotehele

Girl playing with wooden horse with Christmas trees in background
Girl playing with wooden horse at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall | © National Trust / Steven Haywood

Celebrate Christmas with a festive day out to Cotehele. We're busy starting to prepare for Christmas 2024 and will update this page when events and activities have been confirmed nearer the time.

Cotehele’s Christmas Garland

Every year Cotehele’s gardeners build a 60-foot garland from thousands of flowers grown on the estate. A tradition since 1956, the garland adorns the Great Hall throughout Christmas. The number of flowers varies each year depending on the growing season.

Preparations for the garland began in January when the flower seeds are sown in the Cut Flower Garden. Our team of garden volunteers and staff then start picking flowers from late April which are then dried over the summer and autumn before the garland is put together over two weeks in November.

  • Building of the pittosporum base starts outside on Monday 11 November 2024 from 10.30am-4pm,
  • Work then moves inside the hall from Tuesday 12 - Thursday 21 November 2024, 10.30am-4pm,
  • See this year's garland in all its glory from daily Saturday 23 November 2024 - Sunday 5 January 2025, 10.30am-4pm. (Closed 25-26 December).

You do not need to book to visit Cotehele, for groups with a party size of 15 or more booking in advance is essential. Contact our team to book your group visit to Cotehele this Christmas via or calling 01579 351346.

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See how the Cotehele's 60ft flower-garland is made

This video will take you behind the scenes at Cotehele in Cornwall, where the team are working on the ultimate Christmas decoration – a 60ft garland made with flowers grown on the estate. Learn about the year-long process that goes into creating this festive masterpiece.

Countdown to Christmas 2024

We're busy preparing our Christmas programming for 2024 and will update this page once events and activities are confirmed.

Visitors exploring the garden in spring at Cotehele, Cornwall

Discover more at Cotehele

Find out when Cotehele is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

Places to stay at Cotehele this Christmas

The exterior of Cotehele Dairy Cottage, Cornwall

Cotehele Dairy Cottage 

A quiet and luxurious cottage, with access to Cotehele's house and garden.

The exterior of Hall Court, Cornwall

Hall Court 

An apartment in Cotehele’s atmospheric Tudor house, with stacks of historic charm and all-hours access to the gardens, river and estate.

The exterior of Elbow Cottage, St Dominick, Cornwall

Elbow Cottage 

A pretty former gamekeeper’s cottage perched next to woodland on the Cotehele estate.

The exterior of Malt House, Cornwall

Malt House 

A unique house on the Cotehele estate with a tower room and stylish interiors.