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Festive fun at Stourhead

Festive house decorations and spectacularly decorated Christmas trees, Stourhead, Wiltshire
Festive house decorations, Stourhead, Wiltshire | © National Trust/Betsy Ogilvie

Experience the magic of Christmas this winter at Stourhead, with wonderful activities and a spectacular lights trail after dark.

Christmas house

24 November - 23 December

Feel the festive spirit come to life as you wander through the grand rooms of Stourhead house, decorated with twinkling lights, festive floral arrangements, and showstopping trees.

Engage with the different themes in each wonderful room, inspired by the history, nature, and beauty of Stourhead and it's heritage.

Father Christmas reading a festive story with a decorated Christmas tree behind him, during a storytime with Father Christmas session at Stourhead, Wiltshire.
Storytime with Father Christmas at Stourhead, Wiltshire | © National Trust/Petra Mirosevic-Sorgo

Christmas events

Storytime with Father Christmas

2-22 December, booking essential

Create cosy Christmas crafts and jingle all the way up the drive with hobby-reindeer, before snuggling up for a festive story with Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

Christmas wreath workshop

25-26 November & 5-6 December, booking essential

Learn wreath-making from a professional in this relaxing and creative workshop. Everything you need to create a beautiful wreath is provided for you, including materials from Stourhead.

Visitors walking in the garden in December at Stourhead, Wiltshire
Visitors walking in the garden in December at Stourhead, Wiltshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Winter walks

As the season frost begins to sparkle on the leaves, it is the perfect time to take a winter walk through Stourhead and it's wider estate. Explore the landscape as the scenic views and heritage trees are transformed into a winter wonderland.

The Christmas light trail at Stourhead, Wiltshire
The Christmas light trail at Stourhead, Wiltshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Christmas at Stourhead, the illuminated trail

1-31 December, multiple timings, pre-booking required

Christmas at Stourhead has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family. Gaze in wonder as you walk through a sea of lights stretching out into the distance, larger-than-life crystals suspended in trees, and many other stunning displays.

A man with a young girl on his shoulders looking at Christmas lights

Christmas at Stourhead 

A million twinkling lights are set to bring the garden to life as the Christmas at Stourhead illuminated trail returns in 2024.

The Winter Lights Trail at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Christmas lights and winter illuminations 

During winter, many of the places in our care are transformed with colour as they host winter illuminations and lights trails. Check back later in the year for details of the events coming up in 2024.

A family looking out over the lake with the Pantheon in the distance at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Family fun at Stourhead 

Find out the family-friendly things to do at Stourhead, from events in the garden to exploring the house.

A view of the Entrance Hall, its walls covered in portraits, at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Things to see inside Stourhead House 

Stourhead House was one of the first Palladian-style villas to be built in England. Find out more about the Hoare family's home and why they decided to make this their main residence outside of London.