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Christmas at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey - National Trust

Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD

25 November to 07 January 2024

All day

Polesden Lacey is putting on a show stopping Fairytale Christmas experience this year nestled within the Surrey Hills. A perfect opportunity to make some wonderful Christmas memories to last a lifetime and get into the festive spirit together.

This years Fairytale Christmas extravaganza is inspired by Mrs Greville’s love for entertainment and unforgettable experiences with family and friends. So spread the word with your loved ones and enjoy scenes of A Fairytale Christmas at Polesden Lacey this winter.

An image of highly decorated Christmas trees set against dark red drapes
Christmas in the house at Polesden Lacey | © National Trust/Hannah Simion Malmcrona

A house fit for A Fairytale Christmas
The house will be sumptuously dressed for Christmas including a 20ft Christmas tree, enhancing the elegant interior of Polesden Lacey with some immersive fairytale scenes inspired by Mrs Greville’s classic fairytale books illustrated by Edmund Dulac. Cinderella must go to the ball so, spread some Christmas cheer to transform her pumpkin into a carriage to meet Prince Charming, see Peter and Wendy setting off to Neverland before the snow storm arrives, and tip toe past Sleeping Beauty.

A picture of Father Christmas in a red suit and white beard
Father Christmas at Polesden Lacey, Surrey | © John Millar

Book ahead to see Father Christmas
Follow the immersive Christmas displays through the house on your way to find Father Christmas. When the clock strikes midnight Father Christmas will be coming down the house chimney, waiting for you to come and visit him, as he warms up next to the fireplace after his sleigh ride from the North Pole.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see Father Christmas and view the full ticket availability and times here.

Tickets cost £16 for a child and £7 for an adult. His elves have told us that Father Christmas is very busy so booking well in advance is advised to avoid disappointment. The event is held upstairs in a historical house with no lift, so is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.We are working hard behind the scenes on a possible accessible option, please contact the property for more details.

Book now or call 0344 249 1895 to see Father Christmas: Every Friday from 25 November to 10 December. Daily from 15 to 23 December.
Follow the Fairytales around the grounds
Bring your winter woollies as there is an outdoor fairytale-inspired Christmas trail to explore. On the way you will see scenes of classic Fairytales such The Three Little Pigs, Peter Pan and see if you can find Alladin’s cave. This is a self-led trail with a trail booklet which encourages you to choose your own fairytale destiny. This trail is £3 per participating child, no booking required you can pay at Visitor Reception and collect a map, book, pencil and crayons.

A colourful vintage hand carved carousel
Ride on a Christmas carousel | © J.Noyce & Sons Fun Fairs

Ride on the Christmas Carousel
We’re never too old to enjoy the colour and magic of a traditional carousel, with carved horses twirling around. This vintage carousel has beautiful horses of many colours, galloping harmoniously. Christmas songs jingle in the background, all bringing the festive season to life.

Carousel rides available 25 – 26 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Then Friday – Sunday from 1 – 10 December. Daily 15 December – 2 January (except 24 and 25 December).

Tickets £3 per ride, book now to guarantee a ride on the carousel
Christmas wreath making
Get into the festive spirit and make your own Christmas wreath at a wreath making workshop. Wreaths will be made from foliage gathered by the Rangers from the Polesden Lacey Estate. Each session lasts just over two hours. There will be mince pies and mulled wine (or a non-alcoholic beverage) to fuel creativity. The workshop will be held in the old stable block in the entry courtyard. As we will be ensuring the space is well-ventilated, it will be advisable to layer-up with warm clothes and comfortable shoes.

There will be both morning (10.15 am -12.30pm) and afternoon (1.30pm – 3.45pm) workshops held on Tuesday 28, Thursday 30 November, Tuesday 5, Thursday 7, Tuesday 12, and Thursday 14 December.

To avoid missing out please book, see further information, times and prices here
Spectacular sculptures
We know that the hustle and bustle of the festive season can sometimes be overwhelming, so there are also some quieter spaces with fascinating sculptures, including swans and fairytale characters dotted around the formal gardens. If you would like to visit Polesden Lacey at a quieter time, weekdays are usually the ideal time to visit, as weekends are normally busy.

Festive food

Visit the Christmas themed café for some delicious festive favourites. As well as our usual hot drinks there will be seasonal hot chocolates and hot toddies to keep you fuelled after a wintery walk around the grounds, exploring the wider estate trails or enjoying the Christmas festivities.

If you’re feeling peckish there will be some favourite winter warmers on offer for lunch and a range of delicious festive treats at the ready, to enjoy while soaking up the festive spirit.

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

Christmas shopping at Polesden Lacey
Don’t forget to stop by our Christmas shop fully stocked with artisan gifts, festive accessories, and food offering plenty of choice to choose a special gift for friends and family.

A National Trust membership is the gift that keeps giving. Enquire at visitor reception to gift a membership this Christmas, creating future memories throughout the year to remember forever.

To find out more click here

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