Wightwick's traditional Christmas

The upper hall decorated for Christmas at Wightwick Manor

With a dash of colour and a large helping of greenery, come and see Wightwick's recipe for a traditional Victorian Christmas.

The Manor (ground floor only), Gallery, Tearoom and Shop are open every day in the lead up to Christmas. We will be closed on 25 and 26 December and re-open on Monday 27 December.

Traditional decorations

Come along to Wightwick Manor this festive season to help us celebrate a traditional Victorian Christmas just like the Mander family would have enjoyed. From Saturday 27 November 2021 - Sunday 9 January 2022, see the wonderful handiwork of our talented volunteers as you enjoy the real decorated trees and arrangements lit by candlelight. 

The Lower Hall at Christmas
A view of the lower hall at Wightwick Manor. Green garlands are lit up along the top of the room and a small, decorated Christmas tree stands in a ceramic pot.
The Lower Hall at Christmas

Christmas events

We are unable to host our Father Christmas grotto this year, but children can post thier letters to him in our special Christmas postbox found in the festively decorated undercroft from early December to the last post collection on Wednesday 22 December. Make sure to leave us an email address or a stamped, addressed envelope with your letter, and you may even recieve a reply from the man himself!

Living history at Christmas

Join us in the Manor on 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 21 December to see our re-enactment team dressed as the Mander's servants. 

It’s Christmas Eve 1894 at Wightwick Manor – the final preparations are being made. Our new extension has just been built and guests will find Theodore Mander and Engineer Mr Dunn discussing the Christmas arrangements in the corridor by the gentleman’s cloakroom.

The Cook is busy in the kitchen finalising the Christmas day menu. Nanny is preparing presents for the children. Traditionally the family exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, Christmas day being filled with food, games and festivities. As you continue into the domestic area, listen to their conversations, join in and ask questions if you wish. Nanny particularly enjoys demonstrating the parlour games with the visiting children.

There may be a few other special, festive guests visiting us around the site too...

This experience is part of your normal visit around the Manor and can be enjoyed by all. Normal admission costs apply, no booking required.

Join us for our Living History at Christmas Days
Three female servants dressed in period clothing in the kitchen at Wightwick Manor, looking at Christmas recipes and smiling
Join us for our Living History at Christmas Days

SOLD OUT Don't Go into the Cellar, Victorian Theatre presents 'More Ghost Stories for Christmas' - Tuesday 7 December, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Join us in the Great Parlour for this original stage-play. Brought to you by Don't Go Into The Cellar Theatre - the British Empire's leading practitioners of macabre Victoriana!

Join resting actor Alfred St John Merrimoon once again, as he regales his audience with more unsettling tales of seasonal spooks, winter wraiths and Christmastime horrors. Huddle closer to the fireplace and keep away from the shadows, for who knows what might be lurking just out of sight? An amusingly chilling way to usher in this special time of year!

Jonathan Goodwin plays Merrimoon in a show scripted by himself, and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer.

£20 per person, suitable for over 14's (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult), booking essential via the link above or by clicking here. All booking undertaken by theatre company, please direct ticketing questions to them.

Seasonal spooks!
A ghostly apparition sitting in a doorway
Seasonal spooks!

A bit of Christmas shopping

The Old Manor shop will be open every day in the lead up to Christmas, stocking a range of tempting Christmas gifts.

Decorations, homeware, gorgeous gifts, festive foods, and our special William Morris goods; our range has everything you need for a magical Christmas. What’s more, every penny spent helps Wightwick to continue looking after this special place for everyone, for ever – thank you for putting a sparkle in our Christmas too.

The Shop will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and will reopen on Monday 27 December.

The perfect Christmas gifts
A selection of Christmas goods on a table, including biscuits and sweets
The perfect Christmas gifts

Tearoom treats

If you’re feeling peckish or are in need of a warm-up, we have plenty of treats available in our tearoom, located in the old stables in the courtyard.

If you’re looking to warm up with a hot drink, or to take one with you on your garden stroll, why not treat yourself to our warming hot chocolate? Of course, we’ll have all your usual favourites available too - including a mince pie or two!

Try our festive Christmas cake
An iced Christmas cake, surrounded by holly and festive decorations
Try our festive Christmas cake

Post-Christmas

Explore the outdoors with Percy the Park Keeper - Tuesday 4 January - Sunday 30 January 2022, 10am - 3pm

This January, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Wightwick Manor and Gardens on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand.

£2 per trail, no booking required. Normal admission costs apply.

Percy the Park Keeper on Wall

Winter Walks

If you’d rather pull on your winter woollies and get outdoors, then blow away the winter cobwebs with a stroll along the South Terrace, through the Formal Garden or amongst the trees in the woodland. 

See if you can spot our festive outdoor displays to give your winter walk a bit of Christmas sparkle.

The biggest Christmas puddings in Wolverhampton!
A view of the outside of the Manor, in the foreground, two round, box hedges have been transformed into giant Christmas puddings!
The biggest Christmas puddings in Wolverhampton!