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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

This page refers to Christmas 2023. Please check back later in the year for Christmas 2024 events and activities.

Top Christmas days out around London

Christmas tree in the front hall of Newton House at Dinefwr, Camarthenshire, Wales

In celebration of all of us: public art installation 

Morden Hall Park, 1 December – 1 January (excluding 25 and 26 December when the park is closed). Bring an item which represents your tradition, culture or story and hang it on our globe to form part of a festive art installation.

The Cherry Garden in winter at Ham House, London

Christmas at Ham House and Garden 

Candlelit decorations bring sparkle to Ham House this Christmas. Soak up the atmosphere in the house and enjoy a wintry walk through the gardens. You can even meet Father Christmas in his outdoor festive grotto (booking essential).

Christmas trees

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.

View of the front of Osterley house and portico coated in snow

Christmas at Osterley Park 

Join wreath making workshops at Osterley Park & House this Christmas and make your very own festive decoration (booking essential). Bring your dog for winter walkies in the garden and head into the house to discover life below the stairs.

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). 

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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