Christmas at The Argory
- 19 January 2023
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Find perfect Christmas presents or stock up on seasonal treats and decorations at a Christmas market or winter fair.
Step back in time and experience a historic Christmas first-hand. See houses decked out with decorations from across history and be transported right back to the festivities of the time.
Join a Christmas craft workshop to learn how to create colourful decorations and memorable gifts, all in beautifully festive surroundings.
Discover all The Argory has to offer, from exploring the house to seasonal highlights in the garden.
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.
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.
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.
A festive twist on a classic brownie, these indulgent mince pie brownies make for a great dessert and are a great way to use up any leftover mince pies.