Hever Castle at Christmas 2020
Escape to the majesty of one of England's most beautiful castles, Hever Castle, this winter. Once the seat of the Boleyn family, you can explore the former room of Henry VIII or stroll the sumptuous gardens. Hever Castle comes to life during Christmas, with dazzling lights and delightful period-inspired decorations. Even Father Christmas makes an appearance, with themed treasure hunts and performances to entice and entertain the little ones from November. Experience 700 years of history in this 13th-century double-moated castle that has played a pivotal role in English history, heritage and tradition.
The top 5 things to do in Hever Castle at Christmas
1. View the Twilight Christmas Illuminations
Hever Castle’s Christmas illuminations are breathtaking. The captivating castle exterior and gardens are festooned in marvellous colour and light. The themed light adventure changes every year, with plenty of delectable and warming snacks on the twilight trail as well. With live choirs providing angelic Christmas music, the Christmas illuminations are a must-see daily from 4 pm.
2. Visit Father Christmas
Father Christmas appears in his grotto to collect everyone’s wish lists for the big day. Father Christmas is joined by his cheerful little helpers and an array of toys straight from his workshop. Children also receive a gift personally from the big guy in red. He’s available to visit all the way up to Christmas Eve when he must leave to begin his worldwide adventure.
3. Experience the Christmas Trail
This immersive and alluring walk through Hever Castle offers a cornucopia of wintry sights and sounds. This year’s event transports guests to the world of Peter Pan and Neverland. All your favourite characters will be here, from the Lost Boys to Nana the dog. Escape from villainous pirates and avoid the ticking crocodile as you explore the castle grounds.
4. Enjoy the Vintage Fairground
Enjoy delightful vintage Christmas rides in Hever Castle’s charming gardens. From an enchanting carousel ride to enjoyable fairground game stalls, you’ll find plenty of fun activities for all the family to enjoy. You can visit the fair in the day or at night when Christmas lights breathe new life into the fabulous garden surrounds.
5. Go Christmas Shopping
Hever Castle's Christmas shop offers excellent gifts, decorations and treats for the big day. Enjoy mouth-watering Christmas snacks in the outdoor pavilion or shop for prized antiques in the Christmas fair. The Courtyard Shop transforms for the Christmas period with trees and lights. Look out for special shopping evenings when the store stays open late and visitors can purchase inspired tree decorations.
Our best hotels near Hever Castle
Just minutes from Hever Castle, the Hever Hotel is an equally enjoyable historic stay with plenty of antique character. From its Tudor-style beams to its plentiful wellness facilities, it’s a delightful place to unwind during a cold winter night. Rooms are spacious and impeccably decorated with quirky furnishings and bold prints.
Set in an enchanting 16th-century Elizabethan manor house, this hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant and ravishing gardens. Rooms are surprisingly contemporary, with luxury Egyptian cotton sheets, plush furnishings and fabulous toiletries. You can retire to the historic lounge in the evening which boasts a roaring fire and private nooks.
Escape to this stunning 19th-century country house hotel and experience indulgent luxury in the on-site spa. Boasting 38 delightful rooms, it's an idyllic rural retreat for wintry walks and warming treatments. What's more, guests have access to a delectable, award-winning restaurant, serving up locally-sourced and inspired dishes.
This alluring Victorian manor house hotel is set within 12 acres of stunning Surrey countryside. With grand and stately interiors furnished with charming period-inspired decorations, it's a perfect time capsule with plenty of mod cons too. From the award-winning restaurant to the calming on-site health club, there are plenty of indulgent facilities here for post-Hever Castle relaxation.
This prized Mercure property is located within a tranquil Georgian oast house, once used for kilning local beer hops. Updated for the 21st century, you'll find cosy and bold interiors kitted out with excellent amenities and facilities. What’s more, guests have access to an outstanding spa and wellness centre complete with swimming pools and pampering studios.
The Voyage Privé travel expert’s opinion on Hever Castle at Christmas
Hever Castle is among England’s most sensational winter escapes. Oozing tradition in its beautified rooms, each corner of the castle is delightfully decorated with classic Christmas trees and antique displays. Stroll the historic halls and spellbinding staircases to the angelic sound of Christmas carols from live choirs. Hever Castle is a sublime attraction all year round, but Christmas sees the gardens transform into a sea of lights and colour. In particular, this is the only time of the year to enjoy twilight illuminations, when the castle’s outer walls are spectacularly lit with washes of wintry colour. The gardens continue to play host to captivating light shows with warming drinks on offer to create a timeless and memorable experience for families.