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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.

Cones and Conifers Garden Tour

22 November, 11.30am – 12.30pm

Join Head Gardener, Claire McNally for a special tour of the Cones and Conifers in the garden collection.

Wrap up warm and embark on a walk through the pleasure ground to take a look at some of the rare and unusual specimens from all over the world that call Rowallane Garden home.

Wreath Making Demonstrations

28 November, 11am – 1pm

5 December, 1pm - 3pm

A Homemade Christmas would not be complete without making your own wreath. Join us in the Stableyard and learn how to arrange and decorate this traditional Christmas staple.

Take your newly learned skills home and have a go yourself. Just in time for the festive season.

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.

Yuletide Market

9 – 10 December, 10am – 4pm

The annual Yuletide Market returns to Rowallane Garden this Christmas.

After a long wait, we’re decking the halls, prepping the stalls and bringing back this much-loved family favourite. Back by popular demand, local traders return to the Stableyard for a weekend of festive fun.

Get in the Christmas spirit with us as you browse the stalls in search of those special gifts, take in the smells of the season and hear the sounds of choirs floating through the garden.

While you’re here, look out for Santa! He may just be out for a walk around the garden and we’re sure he’ll be happy to meet you!

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.

Events and activities to book.

Candle Making Workshop

Saturday 18 November

Get cosy and submerge yourself in the wonderful scents of the season, as you learn all about the candle making process. Our friends at Memory Makers will guide you every step of the way to hand pour your very own candle, with your chosen scent. By the end of the workshop, your candle will be ready to take home to continue to cure - just in time to light this Christmas or to gift to someone special.

For more information and to book, visit:

https://www.memorymakersni.com/workshops

Pause-De-Cember – Rest and Re-energise at Rowallane

Saturday 2 December

Relax and re-energise during National Tree Week. Join Ann from Xhale who will support you to slow down and tap into your mindfulness toolkit, to connect to the present moment and the special wisdom of the Celtic trees in the garden.

Winter is a perfect opportunity to pause, allowing space for reflection, connection and creativity for the new year ahead. We will celebrate our Pause-De-Cember with a taste of nature – warm blackcurrant cordial and a pear muffin.

Please wear warm, comfortable clothing and a few extra layers, walking boots/shoes and bring waterproofs, (hopefully you won’t need them). We will provide you with a small waterproof yoga mat and other materials to support your experience.

Family walking in Rowallane Garden, County Down in November

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