Christmas at Hever Castle

If you love Hever Castle, then you’ll love Christmas at Hever Castle. If you haven’t been to Hever Castle before and are looking for somewhere to visit in Kent during Christmas then you’re in for a treat.

It’s one of our favourite places to visit with Ella and Louis all year round. You can check out my post from one of our previous trips to Hever Castle. It is particularly wonderful during the summer months but really comes to life at Christmas.

Hever Castle during winter

Christmas at Hever Castle - Louis on the grounds

Christmas at Hever Castle - Lake

Christmas at Hever Castle - Grotto

Christmas at Hever Castle - winter wonderland

Hever Castle at Christmas

Christmas at Hever is really quite magical. The Castle is dressed with twinkling lights and a little vintage fun fair is set up on its grounds. There are traditional rides and stalls to transport you back to the past and even Huskies on site. There’s a father Christmas in a traditional log cabin and an enchanted forest trail to walk through.

You can easily make a Christmas visit to Hever Castle a full day out. The wonderful play areas are open all year round and there’s always lovely food on offer in the restaurants and cafes.

There’s a gift shop if you fancy a spot of Christmas shopping and the Castle is decorated with Christmas trees and has a beautiful log fire on the go throughout the season.

The grounds, gardens and lakes can be explored all year round, and during the festive season, you can experience it all at night.


Christmas at Hever is very popular and booking begins in September. Tickets can be booked for the grounds with or without a visit to Father Christmas. Whilst the large majority of tickets are pre-booked, Hever Castle offers a number of drop in options if you’ve left it too late to book.

Alternatively, if you fancy something a little bit different the Twilight experience is a lovely way to explore and enjoy the Castle and its grounds by night.


As far as Father Christmas experiences go, this one is pretty good. If you have to wait, there are toys and games for little ones to play with, and everything is indoors so you are nicely sheltered from the elements.

It’s probably one of the most expensive Father Christmas experiences out there, but as with most things, you get what you pay for. It is more than just a Father Christmas visit, its a lovely day out. So if you’re looking for something that is a bit more than just Santa it’s well worth a visit.



  1. November 9, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    thanks for sharing your wonderful experience. I am making a plan for my next Christmas..

    • January 18, 2020 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you, I’m so glad you found this post if it means that you visit Hever Castle next Christmas because of it. Its wonderful 🙂

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