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Christmas is coming to Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Christmas in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Christmas isn't that far away, which means it's time to get into the festive spirit. Step back in time at Paycocke's for an authentic Yuletide celebration or bring the family for breakfast with the elves at Dunstable Downs. There will also be late-night festivities, festive walks with Santa Paws and a family trail to look out for.

Christmas days out

Night time shot of the Chiltern's Gateway Centre and Courtyard at Dunstable Downs. The Centre is lit up by fairylights.

Christmas at Dunstable Downs 

Get ready to unwrap the magic of the season at Dunstable Downs! This holiday season, we are thrilled to bring you an enchanting array of festive experiences that will make Christmas special for all the family.

Christmas tree decorated with traditional ornaments and a family in the background at Cragside, Northumberland

Christmas at Paycocke’s 

Visit Paycocke's House for an authentic Tudor Yuletide, kick off your Christmas shopping at the Tudor Craft Fayre and enjoy a mince pie or two in the tea-room.

The gift of giving

A selection of fashion accessories, including a hat, scarf and gloves, next to a Christmas tree

Your Christmas gift guide 

Searching for the perfect Christmas presents for friends and family? Take a look at our 2023 Christmas gift guide for a selection of thoughtful and sustainable gifts that also help to take care of nature, beauty and history. Order your gifts from our online shop by 18 December to make sure everything arrives in time for Christmas.

Visitors in the kitchen at Christmas, Petworth, West Sussex

Gift membership 

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Give someone special a whole year of adventures with National Trust gift membership. Whether you're searching for a present for mum, dad, your grandparents or a friend who wants to explore more places, a gift membership could make their year.

Walks to try this festive season