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Curtain Up: Christmas at Scotney

Close-up of baubles twinkling on a lit Christmas tree
Sparkling trees at a Scotney Christmas | © Arnhel de Serra

The festive cheer planning is well underway for 'Curtain Up', this year's Christmas at Scotney celebrations. Christmas starts at Scotney on Saturday 23 November 2024 but if you just can't wait to get into the Christmas spirit, below is a taster of what to expect.

Curtain Up: Christmas at Scotney

All these events, with the exception of the Christmas lunches, are included in your admission and are free for National Trust members.

Christmas in the House: 23 November 2024 – 1 January 2025

Christmas time is show time and at Scotney this year we're building on the Hussey family's love for the performing arts. Using beautiful items from Scotney's vast collection as the basis for our displays, we're taking seasonal family favourites like pantomime, ballet and film, adding a little stardust, and weaving in sparkle and magic to create themed decorated rooms in the mansion house that will fill you with the spirit and joy of Christmas.

'Late Nights & Lights'

Visit Scotney's mansion after hours to see the house illuminated inside and out, enjoy glittering trees, sparkling decorations and beautiful lights. Although this is not a full light trail, we're working hard to expand it from its previous core focus on the courtyard areas and go bigger and better this year. As well as the lights to enjoy and the decorated mansion house to visit, you'll be able to browse the shop for gorgeous gifts and Christmas homeware, and enjoy some tasty treats in the cosy tea-room.

Family outdoor trail

Whether you need to run off pre-Christmas excitement or blow away post-Christmas cobwebs, our outdoor trail in the garden will be perfect solution.

Letters to Santa

Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read ... and something to eat too! With festive writing paper, special envelopes, seasonal stamps and stickers, this free event is a perfect pre-Christmas activity for little ones.

Festive feasting

Celebrate the festive season with special get-togethers and Scotney's very popular Christmas lunches, available weekdays in the Coach House tea-room. With the fire lit, Christmas music playing, and a delicious 2 or 3 course Christmas lunch complete with our famous mince pies, you'll enjoy a really memorable and cosy celebration with friends or family without the fuss.

This event must be booked in advance and details on how to do this will appear on the website in due course.

A close up of sugar-dredged mince pies with a sprig of holly
Get in the festive spirit with delicious mince pies | © Amanda Glubb
Three happy laughing girls in a garden

Family days out at Scotney Castle 

Discover your very own fairy-tale castle tucked away amongst acres of park and woodland, or get involved with some of the family-friendly events and activities running all year round at Scotney Castle and start making memories.

The old castle and moat at Scotney Castle in spring sunshine

Parking at Scotney 

The only way to guarantee entry to this fairy-tale castle, mansion house and garden is to book your car parking in advance. Learn how to do this, plus what to do if you're arriving by other means.