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

Living history

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. As they tell the stories of Christmasses of Wightwick's past, learn about what gifts were given, festive foods of the era and about Christmas dinners in the dark. There may be a few other special guests visiting us too...

Our re-enactment group will show you what it was like to be a worker for the Mander family.
A group of volunteers dressed as Edwardian servants and a butler, standing outside the entrance to Wightwick Manor
Our re-enactment group will show you what it was like to be a worker for the Mander family.

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 decorated undercroft. Leave us an email address or a stamped, addressed envelope with your letter, and you will even recieve a reply from the man himself!

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!