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A Tudor Christmas at Ightham Mote

Ightham in the snow
Ightham Mote in the snow | © Rob Stothard

We invite you to celebrate the festive season with us at Ightham Mote with a magnificent Tudor Christmas. With a roaring fire, a Tudor feast and music of celebration there is lots for the whole family to discover and enjoy.

A Tudor Christmas

Saturday 18 November – Sunday 7 January
11am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
(Closed 24 and 25 December)

With the days drawing in, and the temperatures beginning to fall, it's time to start looking ahead to the festive season. Immerse yourself in a Tudor Christmas at Ightham Mote, with music, lights and scents, inspired by the history of the property.

Explore the rich history of our 700-year-old moated manor house. With a roaring fire, late-night openings, traditional carols in our courtyard and crafting workshops, there’s plenty for the whole family to discover and enjoy. Marvel at our stunning hand-painted Tudor Chapel, fully adorned with the sights, scents and sounds of a festive Tudor mass.

Christmas Opening Weekend

Saturday 18 November - Sunday 19 November
10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for our opening weekend and see the house decorated as it's never been before.

Marvel at our stunning hand-painted Tudor Chapel, fully adorned with the sights, scents and sounds of a festive Tudor mass.

A Tudor Feast laid out at Ightham Mote
A Tudor Feast laid out at Ightham Mote | © Arnhel de Serra

Family Fun

Saturday 18 November - Sunday 7 January
10:00am - 4:00pm

Get ready for some entertainment for the whole family at Ightham Mote this Christmas because there's a mouse in the house! See if the kids can spot all the Tudor Christmas mice hidden around the garden and house at Ightham Mote.

Imaginations will run free as your little ones rummage through our dressing up box and transport themselves back to a time of kings, queens, knights and ladies. Whatever they decide to be it’ll be sure to be a great opportunity to capture that perfect Tudor Christmas snapshot.

Meet Father Christmas

Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December

Someone very special has travelled all the way from the North Pole to Ightham Mote to visit us this Christmas. Father Christmas will be wandering around the house and gardens and is so excited to be meeting you!

Father Christmas will be at Ightham from 11.00 until 12.30 and from 13.15 until 14.30. No booking required.

Meet Father Christmas: Visitors With Additional Needs – SEN session

Saturday 2 December

Join us for a cosy one-to-one session with Father Christmas in our beautiful Great Hall this winter. This is an accessible, SEN-friendly session- aimed at providing a more relaxed and calm Father Christmas experience. With reduced noise levels and crowds, we hope to create a less stressful environment with Father Christmas. If you have any additional questions regarding this event, please contact us at

Carols in the Courtyard

Get well and truly into the festive spirit and join us in enjoying the beautiful voices of so many fantastic local groups and choirs, who will be performing traditional carols in our courtyard all throughout the festive season.

Tonbridge Rock Choir

Saturday 25 November & Tuesday 19 December
10:00am - 4:00pm


Saturday 2 December and Sunday 17 December
10:00am - 4:00pm

The Allegri Singers

Sunday 3 December
10:00am - 4:00pm

A Capella

Saturday16 and Thursday 21 December
11:30am - 2:00pm

Musical Memories

Saturday 23 December
11:00am - 11:30am and 12:00pm - 12:30pm

A group of people are singing, with a vaulted stone ceiling behind them, at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire.
Visitors gather to sing carols in the evening at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire. | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Craft Workshops

This festive season, join us in the Squire's Room for a number of Christmassy crafting sessions. You can learn how to create works of art using old books, perfect for festive decorations or Christmas presents! Booking required.

Festive Book Art Workshop: Angel

Friday 8 December
1:30pm - 4:00pm, £14.50

Festive Book Art Workshop: Christmas Tree

Friday 15 December
1:30pm - 4:00pm, £14.50

Late Night Openings:

Friday 1, 8 and 29 December
4pm - 7:30pm, Normal admission fees apply. Booking is not required.

Join us for a late night opening and enjoy our festive Tudor Christmas decorations, full of twinkling lights, flickering candles, and greenery from our garden.

Please wrap up warm, bring a torch and enjoy Ightham Mote after dark. Last entry to the house will be 19:00. The site closes at 19:30.

Hartlip Singers

Friday 1 December
6:30pm - 7:30pm

We are delighted to be joined by the Hartlip Singers, a small group of talented singers, who came together to perform concerts for charity, in the South East The group has evolved considerably, with members coming from all walks of musical life ranging from Rochester Cathedral, the BBC Chorus, and Amateur Operatics, performing a very wide repertoire of Classical and Light Music.

A Cappella

Friday 29 December
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Sounds of past centuries will greet you when A Cappella - a small choir of female voices from Edenbridge - join us for a programme of songs in keeping with Ightham's historic setting. From Tudor to Elizabethan, traditional favourites in two- and three-part harmony will provide a musical accompaniment for your visit.

Winter Dawn Walks:
Boxing Day and
New Years Day

Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January
8:45am - 11:30am, £15

Walk off that Christmas Dinner or start the New Year off right with our Dawn Winter Walks.

Enjoy a filling English Breakfast followed by a bracing walk about the Ightham Mote Estate in all its winter glory… just don’t forget your scarfs and wellies!

This walk lasts around sixty to ninety minutes. Booking Essential

Hiking group on a guided hike led by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire
Hiking group on a guided hike led by rangers | © Annapurna Mellor

Ightham Mote Estate and Gardens this Christmas

Take a moment to escape the chaos of Christmas for a peaceful walk around the Ightham Mote estate this winter.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a family adventure or just you and your favourite four-legged friends, this Christmas is the perfect time to put your hats, scarfs and wellies to good use and explore over 500 acres of Ightham Mote’s estate.

The Ightham Mote estate has always been a place where dogs stretch their legs and enjoy themselves and now between November and February we welcome dogs on leads to explore our winter gardens with you. There’s no need for your pooch to be left out of your plans this Christmas!

Ightham Tudor Christmas Table

Plan your next visit today

You can find more information about what family-friendly events we have coming up at Ightham Mote here

Daffodils at Ightham Mote

The garden at Ightham Mote 

The garden is at its most colourful during the summer months. With vibrant colours, the buzz of wildlife and space to relax in the historic pleasure grounds, it’s time to make the most of nature.

Scathes Wood in Spring Paul Simons

The estate at Ightham Mote 

As the weather becomes warmer, wildlife, trees and wildflowers come alive across the Ightham Mote estate, while and birdsong fills the air.