Malus 'Gardener's Gold' near the Reservoir

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When winter arrives at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, evergreen shrubs fill the air with sweet fragrance and vibrant stems reflect in icy waters.

There’s also a great range of festive events for the whole family to enjoy.

What's on when:

All events are free with normal garden admission unless otherwise stated.

Woman browsing giftsChristmas shopping evening
16 November, 5–9pm


Enjoy the atmosphere as the Hyde Hall Shop & Plant Centre is transformed into a Christmas shopper's delight. On this exclusive evening, enjoy 20% off all purchaes* and there's also a Christmas market, Santa and festive foodie treats in the Clover Cafe.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the High Street and take pleasure from a more relaxed way of present shopping.
*Terms and conditions apply

Christmas tree display
23 November–6 January, 10am–5pm


Local Women's Institute members from across Essex return to Hyde Hall to adorn our Christmas trees with handcrafted decorations.

Boy doing craft activityMagic of Christmas
1–3 & 8–10 December


NOTE: All Santa sessions are now SOLD OUT, we apologise for any disappointment.


Children can celebrate the magic of Christmas with a special Christmassy story, followed by the chance to meet Santa and his elf.

The fun continues with themed art & craft workshops, making items to take home and hang on the tree.

NEW for this year, visit our incredible inflatable planetarium where you can learn about the night sky and marvel at imgaes of constellations, planets and stars.

Prices: Normal garden admission plus £6 per child for Santa and Story (booking essential on 0203 176 5830) and £3 per child for art & craft workshops.

Woman browsing Christmas giftsChristmas gift fair
2–3 December


Looking for gift inspiration? Find unique and unusual presents for your loved ones this Christmas from a wide range of Essex-based artists and craftspeople.

The Essex Chordsmen will also be on hand to entertain you with traditional Christmas carols while you enjoy a mug of mulled wine or hot cider.

Plate set for dinnerWeekday Christmas lunches
4–22 December (weekdays only), noon–2pm


Enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the magical surroundings of Hyde Hall where you can be sure of a warm welcome, delicious food and a cosy atmosphere. Perfect for a pre-Christmas catch up with family and friends.

Two-course Christmas lunch & all-day entry to RHS Garden Hyde Hall:

  • RHS members £16.95
  • Non-members £19.95 per person

Booking essential for groups of 6+ on 01245 402038

Christmas woodland walk
26 December 


Head out on a Boxing Day walk with one of our knowledgeable garden volunteers (weather permitting). This circular family-friendly stroll takes you around the Hyde Hall estate taking in the sights and sounds of the seasonal woodland.

After, warm up with soup and a scone for just £4 or treat yourself to a warming mug of hot chocolate. Simply meet at the Visitor Centre for 11am.

Lanterns for sale in the gift shop

Visitor Centre - from great eating to luxury gifts

Round off your visit in the Shop, where you'll find a wide range of luxury gifts, house plants, books, kitchen accessories, local food and more.

Relax in the Clover Cafe, offering a tempting range of breakfast and lunch options - perfect for a quick drink or a leisurely lunch.

And in the Plant Centre, you'll find a fantastic array of seasonal plants with great colour and high impact.

Snowman decoration

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