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Christmas at Greenway

Wooden sign with words Merry Christmas from Greenway with green foliage and red berries.
Explore the twelve wreaths of Christmas around the garden | © National Trust / Lauren Hutchinson

For Christmas 2023 at Greenway visitors took part in a special outdoor trail, and enjoyed traditional decorations and festive crafts.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who visited Greenway for 'A Wreath Encounter'. The following article relates to Christmas 2023, so why not check back here later this year to see what's happening for Christmas 2024?

Christmas at Greenway

This winter prepare for 'A Wreath Encounter' on a brand new trail around the garden at Greenway, while inside see the house trimmed in traditional decorations.

Christmas opening dates

Greenway will be open from 11am to 4pm* on:

  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December
  • Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 December
  • Daily from Wednesday 27 - Sunday 31 December

*Please note the house closes at 3pm. Last entry to the house is 2.30pm.

Twelve Wreaths of Christmas

Explore the winter garden and follow the trail of 'The twelve wreaths of Christmas'. Each wreath has been inspired by a different well loved Christmas movie. Can you guess which one? On your winter wander, why not pose for a family Christmas photo at one of the selfie stations?

Christmas decorations

Greenway House was the holiday home of Agatha Christie, and all the family would gather here to celebrate the season. They would dress the rooms with traditional decorations and play family Christmas games. This time of year was also usually when Agatha would release a new novel, and her devoted fans would always make sure to purchase one, prompting the phrase 'a Christie for Christmas'.

This Christmas soak up the seasonal cheer as the ground floor of the house will twinkle and sparkle with traditional decorations, vintage carols play softly on the wireless and try your hand at festive wreath crafts in the House Kitchen.

Knitted stocking hangs over the edge of a sofa with a lit Christmas tree twinkling in the background.
Fill your cup with cheer this Christmas at Greenway | © National Trust / Lauren Hutchinson

Festive food and drink

Heading off round the garden on the Christmas trail, or coming back from a winter stroll? From takeaway options or sit down and relax, don't forget to stop by the Barn Cafe at Greenway,

We've got decadent hot chocolates, spiced lattes and warming cups of tea to keep those mittens toasty, or treat yourself to festive mince pies and gingerbread biscuits. There’s something for every appetite.

Shelves stocked with Christmas items and decorated with fairylights
The shelves stocked full of sustainable gifts | © National Trust / Gaynor Fitzgerald

Christmas shopping at Greenway

Why not leave the busy high street behind and let us help with the Christmas shopping this year? Whether you're looking for stocking-fillers or something special to put under the tree, you'll find the perfect gift at the National Trust shop.

There's plenty for food lovers too, from tasty biscuits to handmade jams, indulgent chocolates and quaffable wines. Pick up a treat or two, or choose a combination of things to go in a festive hamper. You can also transform your home into a winter wonderland with a range of decorations available, from festive garlands to handmade ornaments.

A tree-lined path leads to Greenway House in Devon, the white exterior Georgian house, with visitors walking outside the front.

Discover more at Greenway

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

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Step back in time and experience a historic Christmas first-hand. From the 1800s to the 1980s, see houses decked out with decorations from across history at the places in our care.

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Things to see in Greenway House 

Step inside the holiday home of Agatha Christie and her family. Find out more about the rooms used by the family and the treasures they collected.

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Eating and shopping at Greenway 

The Barn Café and the Tack Room provide takeaway drinks, food and ice cream. Browse the souvenirs and gifts in the National Trust shop, or find a pre-loved read in the second-hand bookshop.

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Christmas lights and winter illuminations 

During winter, many of the places in our care are transformed with colour as they host winter illuminations and lights trails. Check back later in the year for details of the events coming up in 2024.

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Family-friendly things to do at Greenway 

You'll find plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained at Greenway, with trails in the house and garden and wildlife to spot. What adventures will you have next?

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Planning your visit to Greenway 

You don't need to book your visit in advance to Greenway, but if you're coming by car, you will need to book a parking space ahead of your visit. To help plan a visit to Greenway, find out in this article how to book your car parking space, travel by ferry and everything else you need to know to arrange your visit.

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History of Greenway 

Agatha Christie spent time at Greenway for holidays and for time to relax as a family. Find out how she came to purchase the property and how it became requisitioned during the Second World War.