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Christmas at Powis Castle and Garden

Christmas tree in the Blue Drawing Room at Powis Castle
Christmas tree in the Blue Drawing Room at Powis Castle | © National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Did you join us for a ‘Treasured Christmas’ in the castle? Inspired by special items in the collection, each room transported you to a different part of the world or era gone by. There were 16ft trees and festive fireplaces creating a truly magical experiences. There were handmade, felt mice to spot in the castle which were carefully made by staff and volunteers.

Christmas 2023 has now finished at Powis Castle and Garden

The below is information for Christmas 2023. We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas displays. Please check back here closer to Christmas 2024 when you will see updates for all the exciting plans we have in store for you.

See the castle sparkle

See over-the-top Christmas trees, festive fireplaces and beautiful lights transform the 13th century castle into a magical experience. Taking inspiration from the treasures that lie within, each State Room will transport you to a different part of the world. Venetian, Chinese, Elizabethan – there's something special to discover in every corner of the castle this Christmas.

  • The castle's Christmas display is open from 12pm to 4pm between 2 December and 31 December.
  • The castle will be open until the later time of 7pm between 14 and 23 December for a festive lighting display which illuminates the grand walls of the 13th century castle.
  • No pre-booking is required but normal admission prices do apply.
  • Please note photography is not allowed in the castle.

Christmas events

To find out more about what’s coming up at Powis over the Christmas period, see the What's On section on our website. We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones throughout the wonderful festive season.

Find out what's on at Powis Castle this Christmas.

Festive light projections, 14 - 23 December

Enjoy a lighting display which illuminates the walls of the 13th century castle. Step into the courtyard after dusk from the 14 – 23 December and take a moment to enjoy the captivating display. Capture a festive photo before walking up the historic steps into the fully decorated castle for the ‘Treasured Christmas’ experience. The castle will be open until the later time of 7pm.

The legs of a statue on the Aviary Terrace at Powis Castle and Garden. Statue sheep lying down by their feet. Frost covered in winter.
Frost covered legs of shepherd and sheep statue on the Aviary Terrace | © National Trust Images / Mark Bolton

Winter walks

Pull on your winter woollies and blow away the cobwebs with a stroll in the world-famous Baroque Garden. Winter is the best time to appreciate the garden's architectural beauty. See statues sparkling in the frost along the Italianate Terraces, admire ancient evergreen yew hedges standing proud in the winter sun and walk through the Wilderness where bare branches reveal magnificent views of the 13th-century castle.

  • The garden is open daily throughout December from 10am to 4pm (closed 25 and 26 December).
  • Dogs on short leads are welcome in the garden from 1 September to 28 Feburary.

Eating and shopping at Powis this Christmas

Visitors enjoying a festive afternoon tea on a snow-covered terrace at Powis Castle and Garden in Wales.
Visitors enjoying a festive afternoon tea on the terrace at Powis Castle, Wales | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Indulge in your favourite treats

If you’re feeling peckish or need something to warm you up, there’s plenty of delicious treats and drinks available in the Courtyard Café throughout December. From cakes and mince pies, to festive hot chocolates and afternoon teas, Christmas is the best time to treat yourself.

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