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Christmas at Lacock

Two visitors in the cloister looking at one of the Christmas Trees decorated for Lacock's Community Christmas Tree Festival, Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
Visitors in the Cloister during the Community Christmas Tree Festival | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

We may be biased, but we think a visit to Lacock is just the thing to get you in the festive spirit. The Abbey grounds, courtyard, cloister and Great Hall will be in a seasonal mood every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day), with our Christmas trail running from 25 November until the end of the school holidays.

Storytime with Mother Christmas

The Servant's Hall was transformed in 2023 into a cosy Christmas grotto. Mother Christmas took a break from her busy schedule (she works very hard behind the scenes you know!) to share a story, song and gifts from Father Christmas' present sack. New to 2023 were sell-out Toddler Time sessions, aimed at under 5s.

Christmas in the courtyard

Father Christmas always parks his sleigh in the Courtyard (perhaps he's partial to a cream tea from the Courtyard Tearoom?) so you can take a festive snap with the willow reindeer.

The Tudor Bakehouse was transformed for 2023 into a pop-up mail room ready to deliver your Christmas post to the North Pole. Did you have a message for Father Christmas this year?

The Great Hall at Christmas

25th November - 24th December

Whilst the rest of the house is closed for the annual deep clean, the Great Hall ire-opened for the Christmas period, with traditional decorations and an impressive tree which always makes a great backdrop for a festive selfie.

The Hall dressed for Christmas at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, there is a Christmas tree covered in lights and green and white decorations. The statues on the wall are in shot, and a wreath decorates the door in the background
Lacock Great Hall dressed for Christmas | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Community Christmas Tree Festival

One of Lacock's best-loved traditions returned in 2023 with a display of Christmas trees decorated by local community groups, charities and schools, all displayed in the Cloister.

2023s theme was 'Light Struck' inspired by the current exhibition in the Fox Talbot Museum by artist and photographer, Ellen Carey. Each community group was tasked with with incorporating as much light, colour and creativity into their decorations as possible. Visitors could scan a QR code or complete a voting slip to vote for their favourite.

Family Reindeer Trail

From November 25 2023 you could pop into Visitor Reception to collect a reindeer trail (£2) and follow the reindeers around the village and abbey grounds. The trail continued the theme of light and colour, inspired by the aurora borealis and provided a magical, colourful adventure.

Mince pies with star-shaped lids
A plate of mince pies | © National Trust Images/William Shaw

Seasonal food and drink

During a day of sight seeing and gift shopping in the village, the Stables Café has seasonal specials for all the family . The Courtyard Cafe by the abbey will be open weekends and during the school holidays, with craft packs available with purchases for anyone wanting to add their own decoration to a Lacock tree.

Christmas shopping

2023 saw the return of Lacock’s pop-up Christmas shop to the Manger Barn from 18 November - 3 December; the perfect place to pick up a stocking filler or festive treat. Find tasting sessions and meet the maker events on select days.

There are some charming independent shops in the village, including a National Trust Gift shop, so a day at Lacock provides a perfect opportunity to tick gifts off your list every year.

The second-hand bookshop in the Courtyard is also always a good shout for the bookworms in your life, open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) with all kinds of books on offer, from biography to cookery, fiction to sport.

Christmas 2023 has now finished at Lacock Abbey

The below is information for Christmas 2023. We hope you enjoyed all that we had on offer. Please check back here closer to Christmas 2024 for updates on our exciting plans for this year's festivities.

Row of cottages in the village at Lacock, Wiltshire

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