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A glowing Christmas tree in the window of the Long Gallery at Ham House, looking really festive
Christmas at Ham House | © National Trust Images/Chris Davies

Christmas in London

There's a flurry of festivity at our places in London this Christmas. Enjoy gleaming winter gardens or explore the open space at our historic estates. Look out for Christmas trees at Ham House or winter birds huddled together at Osterley.

Top Christmas days out around London

A close up of the decorations on a Christmas tree.

Christmas at Morden Hall Park 

Whatever your tradition, the Christmas holiday is the perfect time of year to come together with friends and family, and Morden Hall Park is the perfect location. Simple pleasures such as wintery strolls through the park and cosy drinks in the café make it a special time of year. Our Garden Centre is also comes into it own as the perfect place to browse for gifts and buy a Christmas tree.

A visitor crafting a wreath during a Christmas wreath making workshop

Wreath making at Rainham Hall 

Saturday 9 December: Make a festive decoration for your front door in this Christmas wreath workshop, florist Sam Pelly. All materials will be provided, along with a free hot drink at the beginning of the session. 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm, £35, booking essential.

A family enjoying an outdoor trail with a girl in a pink jacket in the foreground holding her hands up to the camera, smiling

Rainham Reindeer Festive trail 

14-23 December: Escape outdoors with this reindeer inspired trail around the community garden at Rainham Hall. Try festive challenges at each of the 9 stops along the way and earn yourself a special bag of reindeer food ready for the big day. Perfect for children aged 3 and above.

Sunset over the meadows at Runnymede during winter

Winter walks in London 

Wrap up warm and step outside for a festive walk with the whole family. Just the thing to blow away the cobwebs during the rush of Christmas. Choose from short level routes, or longer more adventurous walks.

Top Christmas days out further afield

Make a day of it and whizz out of London to National Trust places slightly further afield, perfect for meeting friends and family.

Walking with The Snowman™ at Winkworth Arboretum

Knole at Christmas 

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, each designed by a contemporary artist. Knole’s historic Great Hall and selected showrooms will be sumptuously decorated for Christmas too, and the Gatehouse Tower will have a 1930s inspired festive atmosphere. 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). 

View of the frozen lake in winter at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

Christmas at Claremont Landscape Garden 

Step into the magical world of Claremont this festive season. Sparkling Christmas trees, decorations and twinkling lights welcome you, with festive food and hot chocolate at the ready. Get immersed in the enchanting and magical tale of The Snow Queen on our new trail. Explore the garden, find games to play, selfie stations and fun activities. This fantastical winter wonderland is where the magic really begins. 25 Nov - 2 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec).

The Dining Room decorated for Christmas at Hughenden

The 12 Days of Christmas at Hughenden 

Enchanting scenes from the famous carol ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ come to life at Hughenden. See swans a-swimming on a cascade of baubles in the garden and giant gold rings framing the entrance to the twinkling decorated manor.

Presents wrapped in gold paper with red ribbon underneath a decorated Christmas tree, alongside old fashioned toboggan

Christmas at Greys Court 

Greys Court has a warm and cosy, gingerbread-scented Christmas. Wreaths and fairy lights twinkle in the garden and the stableyard is decorated with Christmas trees for the first time

Exterior view of Fenton House and Garden, London. The gardens include an orchard, kitchen garden, rose garden and formal terraces and lawns.

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