Festive Fun Ideas for all the Family - Where to Go this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, you might be wondering where to go to experience a bit of festive magic and maybe even entertain your little ones over the school holidays.

That is why we have compiled a list of some of the top gardens to visit over Christmas, offering you a little inspiration along the way.


There are a number of RHS Gardens getting into the Christmas spirit this year. Here is just a taster of what you can expect from them…

Hyde Hall

Hyde Hall put on a great Christmas workshop for kids last weekend, entertaining them with card making, biscuit decorating and storytelling sessions. However there is much more to look forward to from this garden. Expect cosy Christmas lunches from 11-13th December and a spectacular sale on December 26th.

Fancy taking a brisk walk with family or friends? The good news is that Hyde Hall will be open every day over Christmas apart from Christmas day.

Harlow Carr

Take advantage of Harlow Carr’s late night shopping Thursdays from 6th November – 18th December. They have a selection of books, toys and home ware to choose from – perfect if you are still seeking presents for your loved ones.

Harlow Carr will also be offering a guided winter walk where you can see magical woodland and ornamental borders, as well as pick up ideas on how to liven up your garden during winter. This walk will be taking place on 12th December and needs to be booked in advance.

Kids can also get involved in the festive fun with Christmas stories being told by santa on 13th, 14th and 20-24th December.


If you are into art, you will most likely enjoy the Winter Sculpture Exhibition running from 22nd November this year until 22nd February 2015. A collection of sculptures will be spread throughout the Rosemoor gardens for your viewing (and buying) pleasure.

Kids have the opportunity to listen to stories from Father Christmas’s favourite elf and the Christmas tree fairy. The event called ‘The Magic of Christmas – Music, Merriment and Mirth’ will be taking place on the 13-14th and 20-21st December.

Rosemoor will also be holding a Tree Decorating Competition to individuals, groups and organisations that wish to show off their creative flair. The event will be happening from 13th December – 4th January 2015 and you can find out how to register on the website.


Wisley will be holding Christmas displays in the Glasshouse from 6th December – 4th January 2015. You can find all sorts of treasures in the Wisley Christmas shop, running from 25th October – 24th December 2014.

The shop will be selling decorations, gifts, plants and books as well as seasonal food gifts and mince pies.

Another perfect treat for all the family is the Winter Tales storytelling, taking place on 13-14th December at RHS Wisley.

National Trust

You can also rely on the National Trust to offer plenty of festive cheer this month...

Claremont Landscape Garden

Discover the Christmas spirit at the Claremont Landscape Garden by following the Christmas children’s trail around the garden. The event takes place from 13th December – 3rd January 2015, 10am -3pm.


Chartwell has plenty to offer this Christmas, including festive family craft activities between 13th December and 21st December. Interested in history? You also have the opportunity to find out how the Churchill’s enjoyed Chartwell at Christmas, free of charge. The event is open on 13th and 14th December so don’t miss out!

What are your plans?

Whatever you do this Christmas, don’t forget that there is plenty to see and do to get you and your family into the spirit of Christmas. Parks and gardens offer so much more than just plants and relaxing walks. Take advantage of all that is on offer wherever you choose to spend your holidays.

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Taking the kids to see some reindeer at a local garden centre.

Bryan Small

Staying at home this Christmas but last year it was the Winter Wonderland. Lovely event.

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