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The 12 Days of Christmas at Hughenden

The Dining Room decorated for Christmas at Hughenden
Christmas at Hughenden | © National Trust / Hugh Mothersole

See scenes from the traditional carol The 12 Days of Christmas brought to life. Plus, storytelling, crafting, choirs and festive food, drink and shopping.

Christmas 2024

Our Christmas programme has now finished, thank you to everyone that visited. Please check back nearer the time for updated details about our exciting plans for Christmas 2024.

This year, Hughenden brings enchanting scenes from the 12 days of Christmas to life in the garden, Stableyard and manor. Whisk your family away from the everyday and escape into a Christmas fairytale on your doorstep.

Monday 20 November 2023 - Monday 1 January 2024. No booking required.

Planning your visit: what you need to know

Entry: There's no need to book. Normal property admission price (free for National Trust members and under-fives). If you’re with a carer or essential companion, they visit for free.

When to visit: Christmas can be a busy time at Hughenden, especially during the holidays. Most of our visitors tend to arrive between 11am and 1pm, which can cause congestion in the car park especially on weekends. If you arrive at 10am you might find the grounds a little quieter, or if you arrive after 1pm, there’s still time to enjoy all that Hughenden has to offer. If you have the flexibility, a weekday visit is generally quieter than a weekend, even during school holidays. If you can only visit over the weekend, Saturdays are usually less busy than Sundays.

As Christmas is very popular, you may need to queue to view the decorations inside the manor. In order to preserve the beauty of the manor, we may have to kindly ask visitors to pop back another time once we’ve reached full capacity. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Parking: there's free parking onsite with accessible spaces located closer to the Stableyard (please speak with a member of the team). Please note that our car park surface can become uneven and muddy, particularly during periods of bad weather. Our car park can fill quickly on our busiest days, so you may need to queue; in extreme circumstances we may have to close the car park to allow spaces to free up.

Accessibility: toilets and changing facilities located in the Stableyard. Buggies/pushchairs welcome in the gardens, but not in the house - please be prepared to leave these outside if going inside. Gently-sloping areas and wide pathways around much of the grounds, which can be uneven and muddy in places during winter: sturdy footwear is recommended. Buggy service available, subject to volunteer availability.

Refreshments: drinks, snacks and light lunches with festive and family-friendly options are available from our café.

Christmas Decorations

See seven swans-a-swimming on a sea of blue baubles on the North Lawn, and join nine ladies dancing and ten lords a leaping in the fairy lit manor. Inside, the aromas of sandalwood and cinnamon accompany a tour of sparkling Christmas trees and themed decorations.

Child running towards drum in pleasure grounds, 12 days of Christmas, Hughenden, LSE
12 Days of Christmas at Hughenden | © National Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra

Festive fun for children

There’s also lots of Christmas make-and-do magic to fuel the festivity for little imaginations, please see event page for further details.

Help find each of the 12 presents that have dropped out of Santa's sleigh throughout the gardens!

Set a date to meet family and friends at Hughenden. Come together in Hughenden’s fairytale Christmas setting and make lasting memories.

Hughenden Manor decorated for Christmas
Hughenden Manor decorated for Christmas | © National Trust / Hugh Mothersole
Mince pies with star-shaped lids
A plate of mince pies | © National Trust Images/William Shaw

Festive Food and Drink

Head to the café to warm up with a hot chocolate or spice-infused mulled wine. Enjoy our festive menu to indulge in a mince pie or turkey bap whilst surrounded by pearly baubles, milk pails and festoon bottle lights. Look out for maids a milking in the cafe and stableyard!

Christmas shopping

Leave the busy high street behind and let us help with gift ideas to suit everyone. Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers or presents for nature lovers and outdoor explorers, you’ll find the perfect gift to give. If you're buying for foodies, there's plenty of choice, from tasty biscuits to handmade jams, indulgent chocolates to quaffable wines. Pick up a treat or two, or give as a special hamper. You can also transform your home into a winter wonderland this season with unique decorations from the shop at Hughenden.

Set a date to meet family and friends at Hughenden. Come together in Hughenden’s fairytale Christmas setting and make lasting memories.

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