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Christmas at Rowallane Garden

Decorations hanging from a Christmas tree with ornate white fireplace in background
Christmas at Rowallane Garden, County Down | © National Trust Images/Rowallane Garden

Join us over the winter season for a homemade Christmas at Rowallane Garden. Look out for alternative Christmas trees on a family-friendly trail through the garden, learn how to make your own decorations, and enjoy a variety of fun festive activities.

Santa Letter Trail

1 December – 24 December, 10am – 4pm

Have you written a letter to Santa? Come and post it with us to make sure your Christmas wishes make their way to the North Pole in time for the big day. Follow the arrows across the garden and solve clues along the way to work out Santa’s postcode.

This festive fun filled walk will lead you to our Christmas Postbox hidden somewhere in the garden. Wrap up warm and make some magic memories with us.

Deck out your Gingerbread Man

12 & 17 December, 11am - 12pm & 1pm - 2pm

Your little elves can use their awesome decorating skills to design and decorate their scrumptious gingerbread man.

Wide view of the Clock Tower from Rowallane House in the snow at Rowallane Garden
The Clock Tower and Walled Garden at Rowallane Garden | © Paul Moane

Other activities to look out for this winter.

Cones and Conifers walk

Daily, 10am – 4pm

In Rowallane House you will find a display of different Cones and Conifers found across the garden. From here you will be able to pick up a walk sheet and go off into the garden and find the trees where they grow.

Using your keen navigation skills, find the compass points in the garden to lead you to each fascinating tree along the walk.

Fun in the Barn

Daily, 10am – 4pm

Especially for the kids our barn is loaded with fun activity to enjoy. Perfect for a rainy day the kids can dress up as explorers, play in dens, check out our sensory activity wall for the little ones and check their aim with a festive bean bag toss.

Children must be supervised at all times.

Family walking in Rowallane Garden, County Down in November

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Find out when Rowallane Garden is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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