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Knole at Christmas

Walking with The Snowman™ at Winkworth Arboretum
Walking with The Snowman™ | © © Snowman Ent. 2022

Walking with The Snowman™ trail at Knole until 15 January. Christmas in the showrooms has now finished. Christmas is a magical time of year at Knole where you can enjoy some festive cheer. Discover 12 giant The Snowman™ sculptures in the parkland and courtyards, sparkling Christmas trees in the showrooms, wintry walks in the parkland and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Walking with The SnowmanTM at Knole

Wednesday 15 November - Monday 15 January (except 24 and 25 December)

Inspired by Raymond Briggs' timeless festive tale, The Snowman™, this winter at Knole you can discover 12 giant The Snowman™ sculptures in the parkland and courtyards. Explore the trail from Wednesday 15 November - Monday 15 January (except 24 and 25 December).

Walking with The Snowman™ at Knole is presented by the National Trust and Wild in Art in collaboration with Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House UK).

This is a free event but normal admission to Knole applies. Admission tickets to Knole become available to book around four weeks prior to a visit.

Walking with The Snowman™ at Knole

A young girl gazing at a sculpture of a snowman at Winkworth Arboretum
Walking with The Snowmanᵀᴹ sculpture trail | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Visit Knole's showrooms this Christmas

This has now finished for 2023.

Some of the showrooms will be open this Christmas and there will be trees and decorations for you to enjoy.

Starting in the Great Hall you can warm yourself by the roaring fire, as many a visitor to Knole would have done on a winter's day, taking in the sparkling tree, splendid table display and Christmas carols playing in the background. Once you've soaked up the atmosphere in the hall, explore the Ballroom, Reynolds Room, Cartoon Gallery and King's Room which have been decorated taking inspiration from 'The 12 Days of Christmas' song.

Continue your merry journey around Knole and climb the spiral stairs in the Gatehouse Tower for panoramic views of the parkland. On the way you can discover the life and loves of a former resident and 1930s-inspired festivities.

Decorated Christmas tree in the music room in the Gatehouse Tower, Knole
Decorated Christmas tree in the music room in the Gatehouse Tower, Knole | © National Trust / Lois Leyland

Enjoy some carols

Carol singing has now finished for 2023.

We're delighted to welcome local community choirs and singing groups to the Great Hall and Green Court this December, for some carols and Christmas songs.

Saturday 2 December, 2.20-3pm, Great Hall - D'Vine Singers
Saturday 9 December, 2.20-3pm, Great Hall - Tonbridge Community Singers
Saturday 16 December, 2-2.20pm and 3-3.20pm, Green Court (outside) - West Malling Community Choir

More information on carol singing at Knole can be found here. There is no separate ticket for seeing the choirs - it is included in admission to Knole. To see the choirs in the showrooms you will need a Showrooms, Outdoor and Tower ticket. More information on admission and pre-booking can be found here.

Christmas crafts and workshops at Knole 2023

These events have now finished for 2023. There will be more workshops in 2024.

A Christmas tree and decorations in The Great Hall at Knole
The Great Hall at Knole at Christmas | © National Trust / Lois Leyland

Eating and shopping

The Brewhouse Cafe

Take a walk to the cosy Brewhouse Cafe for a warming snack and drink. Choose from a delicious selection of cakes, snacks, light meals and festive treats.

The Little Green Truck Co

We are pleased to announce that The Little Green Truck Co will be at Knole at weekends throughout December. They'll be offering take-away hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks. You can find them out of the front of Knole House from 11am-3pm on the following dates:

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December
Saturday 23 December

The shops at Knole

You'll also find two shops at Knole inside Green Court, perfect for some stress-free shopping and ideal for picking up some Christmas gifts or festive fare for your table. In the gift shop there are decorations, accessories, jewellery, throws, cushions, toiletries and more. There's also a range of jams, pickles, biscuits and drinks as well as seasonal additions of mince pies, Christmas puddings, chutneys and festive tipples.
In the bookshop you'll find a wide selection of brand new books, with a section dedicated to children's titles and activity sets. There are books on gardening, cooking, history, notable figures from Knole's past, art, nature and the local area. There are also calendars and diaries for 2024 and greetings cards to browse.
Whatever you buy, every purchase is helping to conserve Knole and help us carry out essential work to preserve the collection.

Meet the maker
Knots Wood Designs - Sunday 10 December, 11.30am-3pm, Knole Bookshop

A wooden advent calendar, surrounded by lights and candles
Get ready for Christmas with decorations to welcome the holiday season | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Take a stroll around Knole Park

After a festive visit to Knole House, why not take a stroll around the park? There are hard standing paths and walking routes of different lengths you can follow. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre. Enjoy watching the deer from a distance but please do not approach, pet or feed them. Be aware of golfers as some paths do cross the course.

View of the house across the parkland at Knole, Kent

Book your visit

We recommend that you book tickets to visit Knole. You can book tickets up to an hour before your visit (subject to availability). Every Thursday time slots will be available for the next four weeks. Book online or call 0344 249 1895.

A lavishly decorated bedroom with a four poster bed hung with embroidered hangings and tapestry hung walls at Knole in Kent

Explore the showrooms at Knole 

Knole was built to impress. Come and explore the grandeur of its showrooms, the hidden secrets of the attics and the rooms Eddy Sackville-West called home in the Gatehouse Tower.

Books displayed on a wooden table in the Bookshop at Knole Kent

Eating and shopping at Knole 

Browse the latest seasonal ranges and pick up something to brighten up your home and bookshelves at Knole. Pop into the Brewhouse Café for drinks, savoury snacks and sweet treats.