December at the Arboretum

With tasty treats, seasonal crafts and a warm welcome, the Arboretum is the perfect place to gather with family and friends this festive season.

Illuminated Arboretum

12-21 December, From 6pm

A stunning and awe-inspiring immersive experience, this event will see the Arboretum and some of its memorials ‘shown in another light’.

£12.50 Adult, £7.50 Child. Group discounts available. 

Illuminated Arboretum


carols by candlelight

22 December, 6pm

The highlight of our festive calendar, this traditional carol concert takes place in Heroes' Square surrounded by candles and illuminated trees. Music will be provided by the Burton Salvation Army Band. Early arrival recommended. Carol books and candles will be available to purchase.

FREE entry. Donations appreciated.

 Carols by Candlelight


Memory tree

Daily throughout December*

Add the memory of a loved one to our Memory Tree, located inside the Remembrance Centre throughout the festive season.  

Suggested donation £2.

 Memory Tree


12 Days of Memorial Talks

25 December - 5 January, 10.30am & 2.30pm

From striking glass sculptures to simple stone cairns, there are more than 360 memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum, for both military and civilian associations, all with fascinating stories and symbolism waiting to be discovered. Between the 25 December and the 5 January you can discover more about just some of these memorials at our short free daily 12 Days of Christmas Memorial Talks. *Please note that the Arboretum is closed on Christmas Day, the talk for this day will be broadcast on our social media channels*


Christmas as a group

We are hosting many events throughout December that are 'great for groups', including some exclusive groups only offers. Please click here for more information. 

Groups Christmas



Between the 24 December 2018 and 1 January 2019 the following opening hours will apply:

Christmas Eve – 9am – 3pm
Christmas Day – Closed
Boxing Day – 10am – 4pm
27 - 30 December - 9am - 5pm
New Years Eve – 9am – 3pm
New Years Day – 10am – 4pm



It's great to be outdoors in the New Year and we have the perfect wintry landscape for you to enjoy. Head out to explore our grounds and then warm up with one of our special January offers:

Two Main Meals ONLY £12.95
Two Main Meals with Dessert ONLY £15.95
Soup & Sandwich ONLY £5.50

Available from 01.01.2019 until 15.02.2019