A Fairytale Christmas at Polesden Lacey
Polesden Lacey is putting on a show stopping Fairytale Christmas experience this year nestled within the Surrey Hills. A perfect opportunity to make some wonderful Christmas memories to last a lifetime and get into the festive spirit together.
Saturday 25 November 2023 - Sunday 7 January 2024
This years Fairytale Christmas extravaganza is inspired by Mrs Greville’s love for entertainment and unforgettable experiences with family and friends. So spread the word with your loved ones and enjoy scenes of A Fairytale Christmas at Polesden Lacey this winter.
A house fit for A Fairytale Christmas
The house will be sumptuously dressed for Christmas including a 20ft Christmas tree, enhancing the elegant interior of Polesden Lacey with some immersive fairytale scenes inspired by Mrs Greville’s classic fairytale books illustrated by Edmund Dulac. Cinderella must go to the ball so, spread some Christmas cheer to transform her pumpkin into a carriage to meet Prince Charming, see Peter and Wendy setting off to Neverland before the snow storm arrives, and tip toe past Sleeping Beauty.
Father Christmas ticket holders
(Unfortunately tickets to see Father Christmas have now sold out)
Follow the immersive Christmas displays through the house on your way to find Father Christmas. When the clock strikes midnight Father Christmas will be coming down the house chimney, waiting for you to come and visit him, as he warms up next to the fireplace after his sleigh ride from the North Pole.
Please note your 25 minute experience starts at the beginning of your time slot and please arrive at the front of the house 10 minutes before your time slot. We advise to allow plenty of time to park your car as there is no late entry.
If you are worried you may be late to your time slot because there is a queue to get into the car park, please put your car hazard lights on and we will try to fast track you to the front.
If your time slot is from 3pm onwards, please visit the rest of the house before, as the house will be closed when your experience finishes. The event is held upstairs in a historical house with no lift, so is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. We are working on having more accessible options for next year.
Follow the Fairytales around the grounds
Bring your winter woollies as there is an outdoor fairytale-inspired Christmas trail to explore. On the way you will see scenes of classic Fairytales such The Three Little Pigs, Peter Pan and see if you can find Alladin’s cave. This is a self-led trail with a trail booklet which encourages you to choose your own fairytale destiny. This trail is £3 per participating child, no booking required you can pay at Visitor Reception and collect a map, book, pencil and crayons. Please note 3.30pm will be the last chance to purchase trail tickets.
Ride on the Christmas Carousel
We’re never too old to enjoy the colour and magic of a traditional carousel, with carved horses twirling around. This vintage carousel has beautiful horses of many colours, galloping harmoniously. Christmas songs jingle in the background, all bringing the festive season to life.
Carousel rides available 25 – 26 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Then Friday – Sunday from 1 – 10 December. Daily 15 December – 2 January (except 24 and 25 December).
Tickets £3 per ride, book now to guarantee a ride on the carousel
Christmas wreath making
(Unfortunately our Christmas wreath making workshops have now sold out)
Get into the festive spirit and make your own Christmas wreath at a wreath making workshop. Wreaths will be made from foliage gathered by the Rangers from the Polesden Lacey Estate. Each session lasts just over two hours. There will be mince pies and mulled wine (or a non-alcoholic beverage) to fuel creativity. The workshop will be held in the old stable block in the entry courtyard. As we will be ensuring the space is well-ventilated, it will be advisable to layer-up with warm clothes and comfortable shoes.
We know that the hustle and bustle of the festive season can sometimes be overwhelming, so there are also some quieter spaces with fascinating sculptures, including swans and fairytale characters dotted around the formal gardens. If you would like to visit Polesden Lacey at a quieter time, weekdays are usually the ideal time to visit, as weekends are normally busy.
Visit the Christmas themed café for some delicious festive favourites. As well as our usual hot drinks there will be seasonal hot chocolates and hot toddies to keep you fuelled after a wintery walk around the grounds, exploring the wider estate trails or enjoying the Christmas festivities.
If you’re feeling peckish there will be some favourite winter warmers on offer for lunch and a range of delicious festive treats at the ready, to enjoy while soaking up the festive spirit.
Christmas shopping at Polesden Lacey
Don’t forget to stop by our Christmas shop fully stocked with artisan gifts, festive accessories, and food offering plenty of choice to choose a special gift for friends and family.
A National Trust membership is the gift that keeps giving. Enquire at visitor reception to gift a membership this Christmas, creating future memories throughout the year to remember forever.
A little note of thanks
Whilst you have fun and enjoy the festivities here at Polesden Lacey you are also helping us continue fund projects at Polesden Lacey for future generations to enjoy.
From the stunning décor in the gold Saloon to state-of-the-art conveniences, explore the Grevilles' house at Polesden Lacey, a luxurious house fit for royalty.
The garden at Polesden Lacey has something to offer in every season. From exceptional views and peace and quiet to stunning colours and scents, there is always something to enjoy.
Take a peaceful walk in the woodland and explore Polesden Lacey’s wonderfully diverse 1,600-acre estate to discover birds, butterflies and beautiful viewpoints.
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.
Many of the houses and buildings in our care that will be transformed with colour this Christmas. Find out more about our winter illuminations and lights trails and book tickets for your visit.
Whether you want to grab a picnic, eat a hot meal or snack, or browse unique gifts and local products, we've got plenty to tempt you at Polesden Lacey.