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The Na­tional Trust’s beau­ti­ful coun­try houses in Cornwall are all dressed for Christ­mas, show­ing vis­i­tors how their oc­cu­pants would have cel­e­brated the fes­tive sea­son down through the ages from the Tu­dor tra­di­tions at Trerice near Newquay to lav­ish Vic­to­rian dec­o­ra­tions at Lan­hy­drock near Bod­min.

Spe­cial events take place at a num­ber of prop­er­ties through­out De­cem­ber, with some­thing for ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily.

At Trerice a Tu­dor Christ­mas is be­ing cel­e­brated with the chance to dec­o­rate your own plas­ter baubles for the Christ­mas tree. Fa­ther Christ­mas will be on hand to talk about the tales and tra­di­tions of Christ­mas for around 30 min­utes and all chil­dren will re­ceive a present. There are ad­di­tional charges on top of ad­mis­sion fees for these events, which take place on week­ends in De­cem­ber.

At Trelis­sick, near Truro, there’s the chance to meet not only Fa­ther Christ­mas but also his rein­deer. On var­i­ous dates in De­cem­ber Fa­ther Christ­mas will be telling fes­tive sto­ries in the sta­bles (£5 for chil­dren in­clud­ing a gift). You can see Santa’s rein­deer on 1, 8, 15 and 22 De­cem­ber be­tween 11.30 to 2.30pm and there’s no ad­di­tional charge for this event. The grounds and house at Trelis­sick will be illuminated through­out the month in­clud­ing new path­ways.

Lan­hy­drock, near Bod­min, is a beau­ti­ful coun­try es­tate which was home to the Agar-Ro­bartes fam­ily. It is done up in its Vic­to­rian fin­ery through­out De­cem­ber when you can dis­cover many of the Christ­mas tra­di­tions that emerged dur­ing the Vic­to­rian era. The idea of Santa Claus, Christ­mas trees, cards, crack­ers, stock­ings and pub­lic hol­i­days all emerged dur­ing Queen Vic­to­ria’s reign.

At Treng­wain­ton Gar­dens near Pen­zance, tick­ets for Fa­ther Christ­mas’s Grotto and the Lantern Walk sold out in Oc­to­ber, but there is the chance to visit the Na­tional Trust shop on the evening of 14 De­cem­ber and get a 10% dis­count off all re­tail pur­chases. Linger by the cosy log burner with a com­pli­men­tary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while the Christ­mas songs ease you into the fes­tive spirit.

Some events may make an ad­di­tional charge be­yond nor­mal ad­mis­sion fees. Visit na­tion­al­ for de­tails.

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