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Six best National Trust sites to visit around London this Christmas

Plan your festive day out at these gorgeous National Trust sites

Escape the crowds this Christmas and enjoy some traditional festive fun at these gorgeous National Trust sites in London.

See the capital's historic houses decked out for the season with handmade decorations on display, created by the conservation charity’s team of Christmas volunteers.

From making handmade crafts, tasting delicious local food, discovering unique gifts or simply strolling through frosty winter landscapes, there's lots to do.

Keep the little ones entertained with a trip to visit Father Christmas in his grottos.

Find him everywhere from Richmond to Bexleyheath and Osterley to Morden.

Take a look at our pick of the best National Trust Christmas events, activities and days out across London.

Ham House and Garden

(Image: National Trust)

Where: Ham Street, Richmond, TW10 7RS

Meet Father Christmas

When: Saturday December 16 to Saturday December 23 from 11am to 4pm

Come and visit him and perhaps you might leave with a pre-Christmas treat - it costs £5 per child and you must book online.

Mistletoe and Merriment: Christmas with the Stuarts

When: Saturday December 2 to Friday December 15 from 12pm to 4pm

Find out how Christmas was celebrated in the reign of King Charles II as music, food and merriment made their way back following the Restoration.

12 dogs of Christmas: Winter walkies

When: Tuesday December 26 to Saturday January 6 2018 from 10am to 4pm

For the first time, four-legged friends are invited in the garden.

Enjoy walking routes, a ‘Ham’ bone for each new guest and a prize for the first dog on the day.

Dogs are welcome until Friday February 9 2018 and more details can be found online .

Morden Hall Park

A family walking at Morden Hall Park, London(Image: National Trust)

Where: Morden Hall Road, London, SM4 5JD

Christmas craft workshops

When: Every Thursday from November 16 to December 14, 2pm to 5pm and 6pm to 9pm

Learn how to make a natural Christmas wreath or Christmas cards with an extra personal touch at a series of workshops.

Cost varies. Booking line: 0344 249 1895. Adults only.

Father Christmas at Morden Hall Park

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from November 25 to December 10 from 10am to 5pm

Visit Father Christmas in his cosy grotto and receive an extra special gift.

You can also design and send your own postcard to Father Christmas using the special postcard express.

Costs £10 per child. Booking line: 0344 249 1895

Natural Christmas Crafts

When: Every Thursday from November 16 to December 14, 2pm to 5pm and 6pm to 9pm

Make sweet-smelling pomanders and real beeswax candles in family friendly Christmas craft sessions - £4.50 for two crafts.

Traditions of Christmas Dinner

When: Friday December 1 from 7pm to 9pm

A dinner talk on Victorian Christmas traditions with a three-course Victorian meal in the Potting Shed Café.

It costs £25 per person - book by calling 0344 249 1895, and more details can be found online .

Osterley Park and House

A family sitting outside a cafe at Osterley Park and House, London(Image: National Trust)

Where: Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB

Father Christmas at Osterley Park and House

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from December 9 to December 17 from 11am to 4pm

Feeling festive? Have you been good this year? Bring the family to visit Father Christmas in his decorated grotto.

Costs £10 per child. Booking line: 0344 249 1895 or online.

Winter wreath workshop

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from December 5 to December 14 from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm

Use fresh greenery from the Osterley estate to create and decorate your own wreath, with a little help from the gardeners.

£20 per person for adults only. Booking line: 0344 249 1895 or online.

Osterley Winter 10k race

When: Saturday December 9 at 10.30am

Burn off those mince pies and mulled wines with Osterley’s annual winter race. In partnership with Ealing Half Marathon.

Separate prices apply - visit the website for more details.

Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall in London(Image: National Trust)

Where: Broadway, London, RM13 9YN

'Bake do and mend'

When: Wednesdays in November from 11am to midday

A series of weekly talks and tastings featuring recipes from the 1940s such as the wartime ‘National Loaf’ - £3 per session.

Christmas at Rainham Hall

When: Throughout December

Experience a ‘make do and mend’ Christmas with paper chains galore and festive performances of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas from the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.

Prices vary - visit the website for more information.

Red House

The north front and garden at Red House, London(Image: National Trust)

Where : Red House Lane, London, DA6 8JF

Red House Wassail!

When: Weekends in December

Grab a glass of hot cider and join in with the ancient custom of blessing the orchard.

Olde Father Christmas at Red House

When: Saturday November 25 and Sunday November 26

Father Christmas, dressed in traditional green, will share stories of Christmas past, then delve into his Christmas chest and choose a gift.

This costs £4 per child. Booking line: 0344 249 1895 - for more information, visit the website .

Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard

Visitors enjoying activities at Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London(Image: National Trust)

Where: 2 & 4 Homerton High Street, London, E9 6JQ

Santa adventures

When: Saturdays and Sundays from November 25 to December 17

See Father Christmas and hear stories of his magical adventures and receive a gift.

Count down the playful 12 Days of Christmas with whimsical, comic decorations and creative activities for the whole family.

Costs are adult £6 and child £5 - additional prices online. Booking required - you can call: 0344 249 1895 or visit the website for more information.

More information about Christmas fun in London can be found on the National Trust website .

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