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Christmas at Standen

The dining room at Standen decorated and ready for Christmas
The dining room at Standen decorated and ready for Christmas | © National Trust / Gary Cosham

Arts and Crafts style rooms are dressed with softly lit Christmas trees and decorations inspired by the Beale family's wishes for Christmas. During 'Twilight Lates' weekends in December, see the house atmospherically lit for Christmas. From 18th November see the Standen Christmas tree in the Courtyard and for families, don't miss our fun festive event - a theatrical, sound experience with Spun Glass Theatre.

The Courtyard Christmas Tree

Sat 18 Nov – Sun 1 Jan: 10am–4pm

From the BBC's 'Interior Design Masters' show, winner, Banjo Beale and runner up, Amy Davies, design this year's Christmas tree using sustainable, reclaimed and natural homemade decorations. Listen to local choirs sing around the Christmas tree during our twilight evenings.

The festive season is such a magical time for so many and we are delighted to provide this year's statement Christmas tree design. Quiet festive glam, a traditional colour palette and a considered approach to the tree’s decor, sees ornaments and baubles that have an inventive and artisanal character designed to link back to the house's character. Many are upcycled, preloved and natural and can be reused throughout the year. We're delighted to be part of Standen House and Gardens 2023 Christmas programme and are excited to create more joyful memories!

A quote by Amy Davies BBC Interior Design Show

Twilights at Standen

Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec & Fri 22 & Sat 23 Dec: 3pm–6pm.

Listen to local choirs as they sing around the Christmas tree. Wander inside the house magically lit for the evening and experience its atmosphere as night falls.

Last entry to house is 5pm.

Meet Father Christmas on our 'Tale of Betwixtmass' Experience

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec, then daily Mon 18 – Fri 23 Dec.

Be greeted by our Christmas elf when you begin your festive adventure with us. Listen as she tells the tale of the magical world of Betwixtmass, then follow an immersive audio trail along pathways and among the trees as you make your way to see Father Christmas in his cosy woodland home. Sing merry songs with Father Christmas and snuggle up as he tells you a story then gives a gift to all children. Meet the cheeky snooflet puppets too and watch their puppetry performance. Children £15, including a gift (children must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult). Normal entry price applies.

How does it work?

Once you have your ticket, you’ll be able to access Spun Glass Theatre’s magical world of Betwixtmass. You’ll be sent links for digital videos, stories to tell you more and a backstory to a special character, which you’ll be able to choose in advance of your visit. Before your arrival time, you’ll be given instructions on downloading the free Echoes XYZ app which will guide you along the trail. On arrival you’ll be greeted by a Christmas elf and given a map to start your special sound adventure. You’ll be using your own smart device and headphones to explore Betwixtmass, triggering different stories and sound experiences along the way. Tickets include a present for all 0-12 year olds.

Find out more from Spun Glass Theatre: Spun Glass Theatre Betwixmass

How do I book?

Please book a timed session through Standen’s website. Booking is essential. Book your tickets here


Children are £15, including a gift (children must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult). Adults are £12.50 and accompanying carers are free.

What should I bring?

For hygiene reasons, please bring your own ear/headphones to access the audio trail. You’ll also need a smart device to download the app.

Christmas Wishes Family Trail

Sat 18 Nov – Mon 1 Jan: 10am–3.30pm

Get family and friends all together for a festive fun trail with activities around the garden.

Christmas Selling Exhibition

Tues 5 Dec – Sat 23 Dec: 11am–3.30pm

Look no further if you’re after that elusive present for a special someone. The Sussex Guild will be at Standen every day for some inspired Christmas shopping.

Festive Food at Standen

Daily: 10am–4pm

Enjoy festive food and warming treats in the Barn Café. Dogs are welcome too in the Engine Room adjacent to the café.

Shopping at Standen

Daily: 10am–4pm

Find Arts & Crafts inspired and locally sourced gift ideas, festively scented toiletries and a stunning range of decorations, Christmas food and stationery.

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