Christmas is a time for traditions, from those passed down through families to new discoveries with friends that become part of your festive celebrations.
Sending cards, decorating trees, carol singing, advent calendars, mince pies and mistletoe…there are some festive traditions without which Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas.
Over the festive season, National Trust places will be decked out with Christmas sparkle, and there are plenty of activities on offer to help make your Christmas that extra bit special in these winter wonderland locations…
Hinton Ampner, nr Alresford
An Invitation to a Christmas Wedding, 5th-20th December, 11am – 4pm
Father Christmas, reindeer visit and facepainting, 21st and 22nd December, 11am – 4pm, £7.50 per child including gift, entry by timed ticket, book on arrival.
Hinton Ampner invites you to join the celebrations for a glittering Victorian Christmas wedding. In the 19th-century, Christmas Day weddings were a popular tradition, with churches across the country holding festive nuptials, amongst them the little church in Hinton Ampner’s gardens.
See the ground floor show rooms transformed into lavish scenes, including a sumptuous wedding breakfast, exquisite clothing and hundreds of flowers.
In the courtyard, decorated with twinkling lights and Christmas trees, you can visit Hinton’s pop-up Victorian sweet shop before setting out on an action-packed festive family reindeer trail. On the first two weekends in December (5th and 6th, 9th and 10th December) local artisans’ stalls are also in residence, alongside warming mulled wine, mince pies and freshly roasted chestnuts.
On 21st and 22nd December, Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Hinton Ampner, and he’ll be bringing real reindeer and a face painter. Whilst parents enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine, children can pop in to see him in his grotto; and receive a small gift too. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas list!
For more information, call 01962 771305 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner
Winchester City Mill
Festive baking at Winchester City Mill, 12th and 19th December, 11am – 3pm
There’s nothing more Christmassy than the aroma of warm spices and baking, so come along to this medieval Mill’s festive baking demonstrations, and find out how its freshly-milled flour can be combined with locally-sourced Hampshire produce to make delicious treats for you to sample. Buy a bag of fresh wholemeal flour, collect free recipe cards and bake your very own seasonal goodies.
On 19th December, you can also join in the carols at the Mill, accompanied by a jolly brass band playing all your festive favourites (12noon – 3pm).
For more information, call 01962 870057 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winchester-city-mill