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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

We're singing loud for all to hear this Christmas at Greenway. Take part in a festive wreath trail inspired by songs around the garden and admire the house decked for the holidays.

Christmas at Greenway

This winter fill your lungs with cheer as we 'Rock around the Christmas wreath', a fun festive trail around the garden at Greenway, while inside see the house trimmed in traditional decorations.

Christmas opening dates

To help plan your day out, Christmas at Greenway will be open from 11am to 4pm on:

  • Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November
  • Saturday 30 and Sunday 1 December
  • Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December
  • Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December
  • Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December
  • Daily from 27 - 31 December 2024

Rock around the Christmas wreath

Sing loud for all to hear as you head off around the garden on the Christmas wreath trail.

Each wreath is created and decorated by our teams of staff and volunteers, and inspired by a different well loved Christmas song. Guess the song and sing along at the top of your voice.

And while you wander through the winter garden, why not pose for a family Christmas photo at one of two twinkly stations?

Close up of a knitted octopus and miniature front door on green foliage wreath
Voted the favourite wreath by visitors in 2023 | © National Trust / Lauren Hutchinson

Christmas decorations

Greenway House was the holiday home of Agatha Christie, and all the family would gather here to celebrate the season.

Rooms would be dressed with traditional decorations, collected over the years by Agatha and her family, and they would spend the holidays enjoying Greenway and its secluded garden. From playing family Christmas games, to Christmas feasts at the dining table and reading books by the fire, it was an idylic family holiday.

It was also the time of year when Agatha would release a new novel, and devoted fans would purchase one (either for themselves or a loved one) as a gift - prompting the phrase 'a Christie for Christmas'.

This Christmas soak up the seasonal cheer as the ground floor of the house twinkles and sparkles with traditional decorations. Volunteer pianists will fill the house with cheer, so come along and sing your favourite carol or thave a go at fun wreath crafts in the House Kitchen.

A wooden piano and stool in a room, with a lamp behind, framed by out of focus Christmas tree branches and fairy lights
Gather round and sing Christmas carols by Agatha's piano | © 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.

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.

Travelling to Greenway

If you're planning to visit by car, you'll need to book your parking space in advance. Parking spaces are available two weeks in advance, and you can book them online here.

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Get into the festive spirit

From wreath-making workshops and carol concerts to winter illuminations, find Christmas days out near you.

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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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History of Greenway 

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