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Sat 24th November 2012 to Sun 16th December 2012
Experience the Magic of Christmas at Castle Howard
Event Type: Event for all

Castle Howard is open daily for Christmas between 24th November and 16th December 2012.

From the elegant decorations and music in the House, to festive food, gifts and audiences with Father Christmas, there is something for everyone this Christmas at Castle Howard.

The magnificent Christmas trees and festive twigs, decked with hundreds of baubles and lights, lead the way through this enchanting family home. Enjoy the dramatic 18th century interiors, beautifully lit by fire and candlelight, transformed in spectacular style by The Hon Simon and Mrs Howard.

After experiencing the magic of the House, relax with delicious homemade festive food in our restaurant and cafés. Enjoy a choice of seasonal soup and sandwiches, a traditional Christmas lunch, or indulgent winter specials to take away.

Allow plenty of time to enjoy Christmas shopping in the House Gift Shop and Courtyard, picking up charming gifts for friends and family whilst soaking up the festive atmosphere.

Children will love a trip to Castle Howard with Geoffrey the Lion’s special house trail, rides on the Christmas Express to the Lakeside Adventure Playground and a fireside audience with Father Christmas (all sessions are now sold out). It will be a magical experience they will never forget.

With all this, plus daily live musical performances (see below for details) from classical to jazz, and choirs to soloists, a visit to Castle Howard will make your family Christmas all the more special.

Castle Howard Music for Christmas

All performances will take place in the Long Gallery, unless otherwise stated, either between 11am and 2pm, and 12noon and 3pm approximately.


Sat 24: The Chris White Jazz Trio

Sun 25: Emmanuel Vass - Pianist

Mon 26: Emmanuel Vass - Pianist

Tue 27: Laura Jones & Catherine Shackell – Piano Duet

Wed 28: Catherine Shackell & Lucy Jubb  - Piano & Soprano

Thu 29: Laura Jones & Catherine Shackell – Piano Duet

Fri 30: Emmanuel Vass - Pianist


Sat 1: Fionnuala Haworth - Cellist

Sun 2:The Chris White Jazz Trio and Track 29 – A vocal harmony group (Great Hall)

Mon 3: Emmanuel Vass - Pianist

Tue 4: Emmanuel Vass - Pianist

Wed 5: Laura Jones & Catherine Shackell – Piano Duet

Thu 6: Jean Hotten - Piano

Fri 7: Jean Hotten – String Quartet

Sat 8: The Chris White  Jazz Trio and Ampleforth School Choir (The Chapel)

Sun 9: Fionnuala Haworth

Mon 10: Emmanuel Vass - Pianist

Tues 11: Lucy Catalano - Violin

Wed 12: Lucy Catalano - Violin

Thurs 13: Jean Hotten – Flute & Piano

Fri  14: Lucy Catalano & David Hammond – Piano & Violin

Sat 15: The Chris White  Jazz Trio

Sun 16: Emmanuel Vass - Pianist

To find out more about Christmas at Castle Howard download our brochure (please see Event Information Download).

Normal admission prices and times apply - open daily from 10am (last admission into the House 4pm). Find out more at