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Sat 17th November 2018 to Mon 31st December 2018
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Event Type: Event for all

Christmas at Castle Howard is a spectacle like no other.

New for 2018 Christmas opening will run from 17th November until New Years Eve (31st December).

Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.

Inspirational design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked with the theme ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ to produce a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages, including a fun indoor Children’s trail.

It is easy to spend a full day here as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, enjoy an array of indulgent winter warmers across our catering outlets and complete your Christmas shopping in our Gift Shops, Christmas Market, Farm Shop and Garden Centre. And don’t miss the opportunity to meet the big man himself as Father Christmas will be making some very special visits.

(Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day). 

Award winning Festive Afternoon Teas, in the exclusive Grecian Hall

An Audience With Father Christmas 

An Enchanted Evening with Father Christmas

Drop in Santa's Grotto, available to book on the day

Magical Twilight evening opening on 15th & 16th December (click here for further information)

Please click here to purchase tickets for the House & Grounds this Christmas. To purchase tickets for all of our other Christmas events please see our Events Calendar.


Christmas Opening Times

The House and Grounds open at 10am with last entry at 3pm during Christmas Opening. For further information on Opening Times please click here.

Applications are now open for stall holders at our Christmas Gift and Food Market 2018 which is to take place from Saturday 17th November to 23rd December inclusive. Please download the form below and submit to Emma Crawforth, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA or email [email protected]

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