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Christmas at Longshaw

Family outside smiling and looking at handmade wooden reindeer
Festive fun at Longshaw | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Come together at Longshaw this Christmas for festive family fun.

From the exciting launch of our Christmas Tree Festival on 25 and 26 November to traditional wreath-making sessions and children’s craft activities and crisp winter walks and a family trail, there’s lots at Longshaw to get you and your family feeling Christmassy in 2023.

Our Christmas Tree Festival will mark the launch of our Christmas tree sales this year. With an appearance from Father Christmas, fun festive games for the family, Christmassy crafts, live music, festive food and drink and our Rangers selling their high-quality Christmas trees, with all profits going to support our vital conservation work across the Peak District.

Special guest, Father Christmas, will also be joining us in the café in December for Breakfast With Santa. This event usually sells out quickly, so please do book in advance if you’d like to come (more details are below).

Our café will be open every day serving seasonal warm lunches and hot drinks – sit inside with far-reaching views across to Millstone Edge and Higger Tor, or get a take-away coffee to accompany you on your winter-wander round the estate. Please check our web site for opening times as they may vary over the festive period.

Festive family fun

Longshaw Christmas Tree Festival

Your family Christmas starts at Longshaw this year with the Longshaw Christmas Tree Festival. Transforming the Moorland Discovery Centre for this festive celebration, the festival offers fun festive games for all the family, the chance for you to make your very own Christmas decoration to take home, plenty of festive food and drinks, live music feauring seasonal classics to get you in the festive spirit and the much loved Christmas tree sales from our Rangers. Plus Father Christmas will be making his very first visit to Longshaw.

Christmas Trees at Longshaw

Longshaw has been selling Christmas trees for nearly 50 years, and we like to say a tree from Longshaw is not just for Christmas. As well as decorating your home for the festive season, a Christmas tree from Longshaw will also help look after the landscape and wildlife of the Peak District all year round. All the money we raise through selling Christmas trees at Longshaw is put towards the vital conservation work we do, from erecting bird boxes in Padley Wood to restoring blanket bog in the High Peak to help tackle climate change.

Christmas tree sales take place from to 25 November - 23 December - Find out more

Festive Wreath Making at Longshaw

Our popular (and often sold out) wreath making sessions return. Create a beautiful festive wreath with locally sourced, high quality materials.

There are morning and afternoon sessions in the Moorland Discovery Centre, with experienced supervision to make sure your wreath looks beautiful and professional. Light refreshments are included.

Advanced booking is essential - Find out more

A young boy high-fiving Father Christmas in his grotto at Erddig, Wales
Meet Father Christmas over breakfast at Longshaw café | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Father Christmas has made time in his busy December schedule to visit the Peak District! Come to the Longshaw café for a traditional English breakfast and meet our special guest. Father Christmas will read a festive story after breakfast, and will of course have gifts for the children.

This popular event sells out quickly, and there are limited spaces available, so please book in advance here

Nature inspired festive crafts for kids

Get in the festive spirit and create nature inspired creative decorations and crafts in the Moorland Discovery Centre at Longshaw with a making session suitable for children aged 3-11 years old. Join us on 25, 26 November and 17 December from 10.30 until 2.30. ( last admission 2pm). There’s no need to book but there will be a charge of £5/child on the day.

Find out more here


Longshaw is known for being excellent walking country with ancient woods and tumbling streams. With the trees bare of leaves, winter is a wonderful time to take advantage of the amazing far-reaching views in the area. Meet up with family or friends, or take some time to yourself, for a rejuvenating walk in the crisp air of the Peaks.

Christmas food and drink

Enjoy far-reaching moorland views from a cosy spot inside the Longshaw cafe, open every day (except Christmas Day) but please check our opening times on the web site, as they vary over the festive period. We'll be serving warming seasonal meals, sandwiches and a selection of cake. Gluten and dairy-free options are available.

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