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Christmas at Rufford Old Hall

Father Christmas giving a present to a young girl
A lucky youngster meets Father Christmas | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Meet Father Christmas in his festive grotto here at Rufford Old Hall. Admire Lancashire’s finest Tudor building as it's transformed by the sights, sounds and scents of a traditional Victorian Christmas.

Meet Father Christmas in his grotto

Father Christmas has been busy all year and will be making an extra special stop at Rufford Old Hall this festive season. Tell him what you’d really like for Christmas, have your photo taken and receive a very special gift.


Festive breakfast

Give your little ones an extra special treat this Christmas and join us for a delicious breakfast. On selected dates during December, enjoy breakfast in the Victorian tea-room. Why not meet Father Christmas afterwards in his festive grotto, where you can get your picture taken and you'll also receive a special gift.


Great Hall at Rufford Old Hall
Great Hall at Rufford Old Hall | © National Trust Images Annapurna Mellor

Christmas in the House

Explore rooms decorated in festive splendour, exactly as it would have been back during Victorian times. Embark on a Christmas themed trail around the house to help you get in the festive mood. Look out for the beautifully decorated Christmas trees located in the entrance hall, Great Hall and cobbled Courtyard.

Winter Walks

Frosty mornings are the perfect chance to get out and appreciate the glistening topiary which surround the house, including the famous duo of towering squirrels. You may spot Pyracantha, one of the shrubs here that continues to add colour to the garden during the winter months. Look up and you’ll notice the silhouette of the trees in their winter undress, which really is a beautiful site showing up perfectly against the winter sky. The stillness of the canal and the crunching leaves underfoot offer the perfect place for a lovely winter stroll.

Festive food and drink

After stretching your legs outside and around the house, why not enjoy some festive food. Delight in home-made mushroom and thyme or smoked salmon pate or go for a scrumptious hot turkey bap. If sweet’s more your thing why not treat yourself to a crumble topped mince pie?

Second-hand bookshop

Don’t forget to take a look at the selection of books on offer in the second-hand bookshop. A perfect Christmas gift for a loved one or maybe an indulgence for yourself, there’s plenty of ones to choose from. Every book purchased helps us to look after the nature, beauty and history of Rufford Old Hall for everyone, for ever.

Family enjoying a walk in the grounds at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

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