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Christmas at The Argory

House Dressed at The Argory for Christmas
House Dressed at The Argory for Christmas | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Christmas at The Argory is all about the excitement of reviving festive traditions and sharing precious moments with loved ones. Unwrap a classic Christmas with festive experiences as you step back in time to a Yuletide of yesteryear.

See our Christmas events below.

Christmas Fair

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December (11am-4pm)

The Christmas Fair will return to The Argory, bigger, better and more festive than ever before, with live music, food and craft stalls and plenty of opportunities to tick off that Christmas gift list with unique locally made finds.

Featuring a variety of local craft, food and drink stalls, as well as festive traditional entertainment. Soak up the wonderful atmosphere and see the house decorated for Christmas. Families will also have the chance to meet Santa and his elves in the grotto.

See life throught the eyes of a child at christmas in the victorian era. Learn about the games and traditions of the festive period.

The Argory House at Christmas
The Argory House at Christmas | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Experience Christmas of yesteryear

Saturday 25 November - Sunday 7 January (12pm -4pm)

Throughout the festive season, visitors can see the house dressed for a traditional Christmas. Trees, trinkets and garlands will decorate the rooms and the dining room table will be set for a celebratory festive feast.

Experience what life was like for the MacGeough Bond family and their servants as they prepare for the festive period. See the house in a whole new light and hear how the family celebrated Christmas in the 1800s.

Winter Illuminations
Winter Illuminations | © ©National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Winter Illuminations at The Argory

Thursday 7 December - Sunday 10 December (4pm-8pm)

Look forward to some time together with loved ones, as you experience The Argory in a new light. Enjoy masses of twinkling lights as you are welcomed to a beautiful and iconic atmosphere at The Argory after dark. The winter illuminations are everything you need for an unforgettable experience with friends and family.

Discover the light trail as you start outside our historic courtyard and walk beside the blackwater river, watch out for the light projections onto the mansion house then onto the lime tree walk. On your return you’ll meander along the boardwalk to finish in the courtyard with music and winter warmers from our Courtyard Café.

The winter illumination trail is self-led, giving you the space to enjoy the walk at your own pace. Wandering through your favorite places with an added sparkle for Christmas.

To learn more about the event and book your ticket, visit

A clump of snowdrops shot at a low angle, set amid green grass and crisp brown leaves. Slightly damp from recent rain.
Snowdrops at The Argory | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Winter walks at The Argory

Discover the beauty of The Argory stripped bare by winter and full of life as busy woodland residents emerge – look out for winter wildlife in the branches, gathering fodder for their winter feasts. You'll also spot red robins with their feathers fluffed up against the cold, and now is the perfect time of year to spot kingfishers perched above the river.

Snowdrops at The Argory

Snowdrops are a striking bloom in winter months when little else is growing. A walk through a blanket of these small, white, bell-shaped flowers is a seasonal pleasure for many.

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