2nd December - 3rd December
10:00am - 3:30pm

A Family Christmas at Borde Hill

Explore the Garden on a Christmas kids trail, or book to see Santa in his magical Grotto.

🎄 Join us for ‘A Family Christmas at Borde Hill’.

We invite you and your loved ones to experience the magic of Christmas at Borde Hill. On selected days throughout December, the Garden will open its gates from 10am to 3.30pm, welcoming families for a day of festive fun.

Children can write their letters to Santa and explore the Garden on an uplifting Christmas story trail about ‘The Pony Who Dreamt of Being a Reindeer’. Or for an additional charge, pre-book to visit Santa in his magical grotto.

Throughout the event, embrace the beauty of the season with an enchanting winter walk that the whole family can enjoy. As you explore the Garden, immerse yourselves in the crisp air and stunning views before warming up with an indulgent cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine from the Gardeners’ Retreat Café.

The Garden Shop will be open, alongside six carefully curated stalls brimming with gifts for all the family.

Take a look at what’s on below.

Christmas Kids Trail
‘The Pony Who Dreamt of Being a Reindeer’

This winter, children aged 3–8 years old can ignite their imaginations while exploring the Garden on an uplifting story trail about a spirited little pony who longed to be part of the Reindeer Sleigh Team, spreading joy around the globe at Christmas.

But wait, there’s a twist! The legendary Sleigh Team is grounded this year as a magical sleigh bell has mysteriously vanished. Enter Bella the Pony, fuelled by dreams of soaring through the skies alongside Santa’s reindeer, she embarks upon on a quest to locate the missing bell so that the magic of Christmas can remain intact.

Can Bella find the bell in time to save Christmas? Follow the story trail to find out… the fate of the festive season rests upon her tiny hooves!

The trail is free to Members, or £4.00 per child, plus admission and includes a prize. It follows a circular route around the Garden and is available from 10am-3.30pm.

The Santa’s Grotto Experience

Kick-start the festive season with a visit to see Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

The 30 minute experience includes festive crafts in Santa’s Workshop before seeing the great man himself to receive a gift. Booking is required.

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Christmas Shopping

Throughout our festive event, delight in the joy of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Explore our Gift Shop and six carefully curated stalls offering an array of unique presents that capture the spirit of the season. And if you’re struggling to find the right gift for a friend or loved one, why not consider Garden Membership or a Gift Voucher as an alternative option.

You may be interested in our Christmas Workshops
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
29th November & 2nd December: Christmas Wreath Making

Create a traditional 14″ moss-based wreath to hang on your front door, or to give as a present.

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13th December: Christmas Table Decoration Workshop

Create a beautiful table arrangement for your festive celebrations using sustainably sourced materials.

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At A Glance

Date and time

2nd December - 3rd December
10:00am - 3:30pm


Special Christmas admission prices: Adults £5.75, Concession £5.50, Child (3-16 years) £4.00, Family (2+3) £17.50, Family (1+3) £14.00, Borde Hill and Historic Houses Members are free. Extra charges apply for The Santa's Grotto Experience (£15 per child) and Kids Story Trail (£4 per child or free to Members).

Important info

During our Christmas event days, Garden admission will be half price.

The Garden, Adventure Playground and Gardeners’ Retreat Café will be open. The Woodland and Parkland will be closed. Dogs on leads are welcome in the Garden.

The kids trail is outdoors on hard paths. Come dressed for the weather!

Our Christmas event days are 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-19th December, 10am to 3.30pm.

Two adults wearing hats at an event at Borde Hill during the summer.

Become a Member

Make the most of the great outdoors and visit time and again by becoming a Member of Borde Hill

Borde Hill Membership is your ticket to enjoy unlimited access to the Garden and Parkland throughout the open season. Our members also receive free entry to a number of exciting events, from live music in the Garden to Specialist Plant Fairs, the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show and much more. Family Membership also provides unlimited access to the Adventure Playground and free school holiday trails.

Discover the Possibilities

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Become a Member

Membership is your ticket to enjoy unlimited access to the Garden, Parkland and Woodland throughout the open season. Our members also receive free entry to a number of exciting events, from live music in the Garden to Specialist Plant Fairs and much more. Family Membership provides unlimited access to the Adventure Playground and free school holiday trails.

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Our Garden & Grounds

Set within 383 acres of heritage listed Parkland, our formal Garden captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate 'Garden rooms'. Beyond the formal Garden you can explore Woodland walks, the South Park and our lakes with outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald.

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As a small, independent Garden Charity, we rely on your kind generosity to help fund our projects and to continue to grow sustainably, protecting our natural heritage for generations to come. 'Reinventing Borde Hill' is our most ambitious project to date and your support will help us to achieve exciting plans to benefit our local community.

It would make a huge difference if you would consider supporting us by making a donation – thank you.

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