It’s hard to imagine a house more suited to a celebration of Christmas Victorian-style than Osborne House, and it becomes a festive sight every winter that’s one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular events.
The former summer home of Queen Victoria and her family transforms, and a visit to the National Trust property is like stepping into a Christmas card. Dickensian characters roam the halls, children sing carols and a travelling theatre show revives old traditions in the grounds. Other events include Punch and Judy and theatre brings the Christmas stories we all know and love to life for all ages.
Guided tours of Osborne House are still available throughout December but they’ll take on a festive theme, and the house will be ready for Christmas with sparkling trees and decorations in the style of its heyday. Queen Victoria loved Osborne House, and much of it is just as it was when it was a private home for a royal family. Visitors can still see the queen’s private rooms, the stunning grounds and the nursery where she raised her nine children.
Osborne House remains one of the Isle of Wight’s best-love family attractions, and Christmas it an extra special time to step back in time to another era.