Celebrate Christmas at The Alnwick Garden

As Autumn fades, frosts and snow start to possess the land, winter sees a more calming and striking effect. Winter lays most gardens bare, but here at The Alnwick Garden leaf fall reveals the underlying structures that form the elegant bones of this wonderful site. The steel pergola, masked in summer by rose, honeysuckle and clematis, still has them clinging in bare-leaf state as it meanders through the Rose Garden. The hornbeam tunnels that skirt the Grand Cascade retain their architectural definition, and even a few clinging leaves. Further structural depth greets visitors in the Ornamental Garden, where tall, pleached standards of Malus ‘Red Sentinel’ (ornamental crab apple) carry the eye skywards.

At dusk The Garden is transformed by the spectacular ‘Sparkle’ illumination, lighting the icy arbours and cascade. With a traditional Christmas Market, Carolling, mulled wine, skating rink and Father Christmas visits every weekend, Christmas is a truly magical  experience at The Garden.

Our annual Grand Lantern Parade captures the true spirit of Christmas with Father Christmas and ‘Spark’, am illuminated band, leading the procession through the outskirts of The Garden and under Bondgate Tower straight into the heart of Alnwick town finishing the parade with a grand finale of light and music in the Market Square.


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  • Christmas Trail

    As Christmas arrives at The Alnwick Garden the magic, excitement and Christmas cheer fills the air. The elves have made a trail card to send you on a magical journey.

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    Help to guide the sleigh at night so Rudolph and his friends will take full flight. Making this reindeer food with the elves will help keep the reindeers fit and well.

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    Santa’s helpers have arrived at The Alnwick Garden to help write your letter to Santa.

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The Paradise Tree

The Paradise Tree

Imagine a seed, curiously shaped, faintly fragrant despite its many centuries of lying forgotten within the pages of a dusty plant hunter’s note book. What could germinate from such strange seed? Grown in secret and revealed at the Alnwick Garden this Christmas, the Paradise Tree, bearing its magical fruit.
‘Just had the most amazing evening at The Alnwick Garden for ‘A Christmas Tale’, utterly blown away!’
‘Made me feel like a child again’
Tickets with Super Early Bird discounts available from 5th August with further details about the exciting all new Christmas 2016 outdoor drama production ‘The Paradise Tree’, following the success of ‘A Christmas Tale’ in 2015.
An Enchanted Places & The Alnwick Garden production
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Friday 16th December to Friday 23rd December 2016 from 4.15 pm until 8.00 pm

  • Sparkle

    When darkness falls, experience the beauty of our ‘Sparkle’ light installation. Illuminating the arbours and trees with all the hues of the rainbow bringing some much-needed colour to the dark winter.

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  • Grand Lantern Parade

    Led by ‘Spark’, The Alnwick Garden Christmas Grand Lantern Parade is a magical live music, light and movement spectacular.

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  • Father Christmas

    (SOLD OUT) Meet Father Christmas and his cheeky elves at The Alnwick Garden hidden in his magical grotto. Every child will receive a gift.

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Christmas Market

All stall holders have been hand-picked by The Alnwick Garden and are sure to delight. Enjoy seasonal singing and live music played by talented performers from the region in the warmth of the beautiful marquee.

Enjoy festive nibbles and live carolling as you filling your Christmas stockings with eclectic delights from around the region.

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19th, 20th, 26th & 27th November

3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd December

  • Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

    Saturday 3rd, 10th (SOLD OUT) & 17th December

    Gather for a sparkling drinks reception at 7.30pm in the Atrium overlooking the stunning Grand Cascade lit with Christmas lights. Get in the dancing mood with a live performance from Dave Cross LIVE! performing the biggest party hits from the 1960s to modern days and then dance the night away with our resident DJ.

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  • Ultimate All Inclusive Christmas Party

    Friday 2nd December

    Beautiful venue, drinks reception, 4 course dinner, live music, DJ and most of all… free drinks! What else could you need to get in the party spirit and enjoy Christmas in style?

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  • Disco Party Night

    Friday 9th (sold out) & 16th December

    Gather for drinks at 7.30pm in the Atruim, overlooking the stunning Grand Cascade lit with Christmas lights, then enjoy the party atmosphere and dance the night away with our resident DJ.

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Skating at The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden Skating Rink

The most picturesque spot in the North East for skating, The Alnwick Garden will come alive this Christmas with a fun and laughter with our own skating rink. Skating tickets include entry to The Alnwick Garden and a half an hour skate on our rink at a selected time. To book please choose the event tickets section. Please note this is a synthetic skating rink.

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19 Nov – 22 Dec

  • Elderberries Christmas Lunch

    6th, 7th & 13th December 12pm-2pm

    Enjoy an amazing four course festive lunch overlooking the stunning Grand Cascade.

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  • Pavilion Christmas Lunches

    Every weekday in December

    Enjoy a superb four course festive lunch with a glass of our delicious house wine in the atmospheric Pavilion Café overlooking the stunning Grand Cascade.

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  • New Year Family Fun

    Saturday 31st December

    Celebrate the New Year in style with some old fashioned family fun. With party games, street entertainment, music and much more to keep you and your little ones entertained. Party with our resident DJ in the Pavilion Room or enjoy a quieter atmosphere in the Pavilion Café. Finishing with a finale of extravaganza one not to miss!

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