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Christmas at The Argory

Winter Illuminations
Enjoy the Winter Illuminations at The Argory. | © ©National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

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.

Christmas events are now finished at The Argory for 2023

The below is information for 2023 Christmas events. We hope you enjoyed all that we had on offer. Please check back here closer to Christmas 2024 when you will see updates of exciting plans we have in store for 2024.

Winter Illuminations at The Argory

Add some sparkle to the festive season with the Winter Illuminations at The Argory. Follow the flat, family-friendly trail through twinkling trees and glimmering gardens. Look forward to some time together with loved ones, as you experience The Argory in a new light or for the first time.

Enjoy masses of twinkling lights as you are welcomed to a beautiful and iconic atmosphere at The Argory after dark. Walk under a canopy of sparkling trees on the Lime Tree path and admire the impressive light projections on the mansion house.

The one-mile loop starts outside the historic courtyard and meanders along the River Blackwater. Journey along the boardwalk to finish in the historic Courtyard with music and winter warmers from the Courtyard Café.

The Winter Illumination trail is self-led, giving you the space to enjoy the walk at your own pace. Make sure to wrap up warm.

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

Experience Christmas of yesteryear

Saturday 25 November - Sunday 31December (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.

Christmas Fair

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.

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.

Exterior of The Argory, Northern Ireland

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

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Discover all The Argory has to offer, from exploring the house to seasonal highlights in the garden.

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Treat yourself to a delicious snack or lunch in the Courtyard Coffee Shop and browse the second-hand books at the Blackwater bookshop. Visit 'The Coach House Collective' artisan pop-up shop, supporting local artists at The Argory.

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Find out everything you need to know about visiting The Argory with kids, from playing in the play areas, borrowing balance bikes and essential information on where you'll find baby-changing facilities, bringing a picnic and more.

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Discover the history of The Argory. Find out how a rare barrel organ survived a fire and stories from the family and servants discovered in a treasure trove of letters and photographs.

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