Christmas at Hever Castle



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Christmas at Hever Castle

November 23 – December 8 (Wed-Sun)
December 9 – 24* (Daily)



Daytime tickets do not need to be pre-booked, you can pay for entry on arrival.
However, if you do book your tickets online they are non-refundable and not transferable.
Before booking, please read the important information at the bottom of this page.

 Drop-in Father Christmas is available on certain dates.

* On 24 December final entry is at 15:00 and final exit 16:30. Father Christmas last entry is 15:45 and final exit 16:00.

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Christmas at Hever Castle – daytime 

This Christmas at Hever Castle we will be taking you on a magical journey down the rabbit hole and into the enchanting world of Alice in Wonderland. During the day you will be met with beautifully decorated Castle rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees.

Outside in the grounds follow the whimsical Alice in a Christmas Wonderland themed interactive trail and wander through the illuminated gardens as dusk falls. 

Bring the children to see Father Christmas at Hever Castle, enjoy relaxed Christmas shopping in the Gift Shops, and sample delicious festive food in the restaurants.

Before booking, please read the important information at the bottom of this page.


Ticket TypeAlice in a Christmas WonderlandAlice in a Christmas Wonderland & Father Christmas
General Public



Child 5-17


Child Under 5

Annual Members



Child 5-17


Child Under 5

  • Drop-in Father Christmas: £8.50 per child
  • Vintage Fairground Stalls: £1 per go
  • Meet the Huskies: Suggested £2 donation to the Siberian Husky Welfare Association

Christmas Opening Times

* On 24 December final entry is at 15:00 and final exit 16:30. Father Christmas last entry is 15:45 and final exit 16:00.

TimesOpenLast Entry*Final Exit*
Father Christmas11:0017:0017:15

Christmas Activities

  • Castle – Daily
  • Interactive ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Trail: Weekends only 23 Nov – 8 Dec, then daily 11 – 24 Dec
  • Father Christmas: Pre-booked
  • Father Christmas: Drop-in
  • Vintage Fairground Stalls – Daily
  • Meet the Huskies: Nov 23, 24, 30 and Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
  • Make a Wish tree

Visit Father Christmas

pre-booked: father christmas – grotto experience

November 23, 24, 30
December 1, 7 & 8 (Weekends)
December 11 – 24 (Daily) 

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a visit to Father Christmas at Hever Castle. Children will be enchanted by the magical Grotto where they will be greeted by Mother Christmas and taken by an elf, through the snowy ‘forest’, to meet Father Christmas in his log cabin. Each child will take home a special age-appropriate gift.

Before booking, please read the important information at the bottom of this page.

drop-in: father christmas – toy workshop experience

December 7, 8, 14, 15, 20 – 23

Children who have not booked to visit Father Christmas in his Grotto may get the chance to meet him in the Toy Workshop. Kids will have the opportunity to visit him on a first come first served basis and will receive an age-appropriate gift. Tickets cost £8.50 and can only be purchased in the grounds on the day.


father Christmas at Hever Castle


Hever Shop – Daily (10:30 – 17:30) 
Information Centre – Daily (10:30 – 17:30) 
Courtyard Shop – Weekends only 24 Nov – 2 Dec (10:30 – 17:30) / Daily 8 – 24 Dec (10:30 – 17:30)


Moat Restaurant – Daily* (10:30 – 17:30) (24* Dec 10:30 – 16:00)
Pavilion Restaurant – Carvery – Weekends only 23 Nov – 15 Dec / 19 – 23 Dec (12:00 – 15:00 last orders 14:30) – You can book for one of the two sittings at 12 noon and 14:00. Walk-ins on the day are subject to availability.
Pavilion Café – Weekends only 23 Nov – 15 Dec / 19 – 24* Dec (10:30 – 16:00) 
Barbeque (Weather dependant) – Weekends only 23 Nov – 22 Dec (12:00 – 17:00)
Tudor Towers Kiosk (Weather dependant) – Weekends only 23 Nov – 15 Dec / 19 – 24* Dec (12:00 – 17:00) 

Also just one mile from the Castle is The Waterside Bar, Restaurant & Terrace located at Hever Castle Golf & Wellbeing. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea it is the ideal setting to enjoy a cosy meal. There is also a curry night on Wednesday 11 December! Take a look at the standard menu and the festive menu.

View a gallery of photos of Christmas at Hever Castle on Hever Castle’s Pinterest.


 christmas access statement


  1. How to book – Daytime Christmas Tickets
  2. How to book – Daytime & Father Christmas Tickets
  3. How to book – Twilight Christmas Tickets
  4. How to book – Twilight & Father Christmas Tickets

father Christmas


  • Advanced booking is essential
  • Children visiting the Grotto require tickets for Father Christmas plus admission tickets. All adults require admission tickets.
  • Only 2 adults per group due to the size of the log cabin (Maximum 5 persons per group).
  • We will ask the name of each child to make the experience as special as possible.
  • We will ask the age of each child so that they can receive an appropriate gift.
  • Your booking time is the time you are required to arrive at the Grotto, not your booked time with Father Christmas. This is allocated by Mother Christmas on a first come first served basis when you arrive at the Grotto. Please do not arrive at the Grotto before this time.
  • You should arrive in the grounds at least 30 minutes before your visit with Father Christmas. If you miss your slot you may be asked to try again later but may risk not being able to see Father Christmas at all.


  • Only 2 adults per group due to the size of the workshop (Maximum 5 persons per group).


  • To enjoy the full experience of Christmas at Hever Castle we recommend you allow 3 hours for your visit. Attractions, shops and eateries will start closing before the final exit time.
  • As much of this experience is outdoors we recommend you wrap up warm and pop on your wellies or suitable shoes.


  • All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • All members of your party require admission tickets.
  • Tickets must be booked online.
  • Tickets for children cannot be purchased alone. At least one adult must be included in your party.
  • Tickets will remain in your basket for 20 mins for you to complete your purchase. After this time they will automatically go back on sale.
  • Please note your booking reference when it appears on the screen. If you do not receive an email confirmation please read our Christmas FAQs for further instruction. 
  • Always check details before travelling. Hever Castle reserves the right to close all or part of the Castle, grounds, catering outlets and activities, and to change or cancel events.
  • Tesco Clubcard VouchersRHSHistoric HousesVisit Kent 2-for-1 and Gardeners’ World offers are not valid during the Christmas event.
  • Annual Members
    Daytime Christmas Castle & Gardens admission is free to Annual Members but you will be asked to include your membership number to complete your purchase. You will also need to produce a valid membership card on entry. Failure to provide a valid membership card will mean that you will be charged the full rate prior to your visit or on entry. Annual Members cannot book for non members, other than those under 5 years, until the 18 September.

  • Carers
    Standard charges apply to visitors with accessible needs, general admission for carers is free of charge. For carers in your party, please enter the voucher code XMASCARER into the box when making your booking. Proof of disability will be requested on admission, which may include a Blue Badge, statement of special educational needs from LEA or NHS, or a letter from a medical professional on NHS headed paper. Failure to provide proof will mean that you will be charged the full rate on entry.

  • B&B Guests staying during the Christmas event
    There is no need to book admission tickets, you will be given these on arrival. After making your room reservation you will be sent an email containing details for how to pre-book to visit Father Christmas should you wish to do so.




If you are planning a group visit to Hever Castle at Christmas, take a look at the group lunch offers that are available to you.

The group lunch is on offer from 27 November– 20 December.


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Always check details before travelling. Hever Castle reserves the right to close all or part of the Castle, grounds, catering outlets and activities, and to change or cancel and events. Please note that the use of partner offers may be restricted or not valid on event days.

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