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Sat 23rd November 2019 to Mon 23rd December 2019
Audience with Father Christmas
Event Type: Event for all

Make Christmas memories that will last a life time with a visit to see Father Christmas at our popular Fireside Audiences.

Gather around the fire with Father Christmas and his friends as he tells stories and sings songs before handing out personalised presents, with opportunities for pictures with Father Christmas too.

Child ticket includes:
- Visit to Father Christmas
- Access to House & Gardens
- Invitation from Father Christmas
- Personalised Gift

Each session will last approx 45 minutes at selected times throughout the day (please check the booking page for individual dates and times).

£27.50 per child, £22.50 per child for Friends of Castle Howard 

Please Note: Adults accompanying children are required to purchase either an inclusive (House & Gardens) or Gardens only ticket. These tickets can be bought on the day or booked online in advance and save 10%. This does not apply to Friends of Castle Howard.

What you need to know...

Before you book…

Please make sure you have selected the correct date and time within the booking calendar. Unfortunately, we will not be able to move any bookings after a booking has been made. Please take in to consideration your availability, and any travel times that may impact on your visit as tickets for any of our Father Christmas events are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Any child wishing to meet Father Christmas and receive a gift must have a valid ticket. Other children (babies/older children) who would like to be in the room during the session but not taking part would only need to have an inclusive or gardens only admission ticket.

Due to the volume of bookings, bookings can only be made via the Castle Howard website.

Upon making a booking…

Please ensure that you provide the full, correct name & age for all the children within your booking. Please be advised that presents and invitations will be labelled and selected as per the details you have provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time should we arrive?

If you are coming for the Father Christmas event we recommend that you ensure that you are through the ticket office at least 20 minutes before the start of your session. Please do not go to the Grecian Hall more than 10 minutes before the start of your session as there is limited space for queuing. At busy times, there may be queues at the ticket office on arrival at Castle Howard and we advise that you take this into consideration when planning your visit. 

What do we need to do when we arrive?

At the ticket office, you will need to show your email booking confirmation in order for the ticket office staff to check you in. All accompanying adults must have either a valid House and Gardens or Gardens ticket. Prices for tickets can be found here. Make the most of your day by purchasing a House and Gardens ticket; and see this year's decorations inspired by 'A Christmas Masquerade' in their full glory. There's something for the whole family so why not also visit our Adventure Playground, enjoy our shops and restaurants. There is no admission charge for Friends of Castle Howard. 

What about admission for children?

The children's House and Grounds admission is included in the event ticket; please bring the invitation with you to gain entry. 

How many adults may accompany the children?

Due to the size of the Grecian Hall there will only be room for two adults per family. Additional adults are of course welcome to visit Castle Howard. 

Where is the event taking place?

In the Grecian Hall which is situated in the House between the Gift Shop and the Fitzroy Restaurant. Entrance to the Grecian Hall is via the Boar Garden Marquee. The staff at the Ticket Office will advice you when you arrive. The Grecian Hall will also be shown on your welcome map that you will receive at the Ticket Office. There will be limited room for buggies in the Grecian Hall, additional space will be available in the House Entrance. 

What will happen at the event?

There will be between 30 and 35 children on each session. Father Christmas and his friends will entertain the children with enchanting Christmas stories and songs. Gifts will be given at the end of the show. There will be the chance for photos at the end of the session so please bring your camera. We ask that you refrain from filming the event and using flash photography during the performance as this can be distracting for the performers and may diminish the experience of other visitors. We also ask that you do not bring any food or drink into the Grecian Hall. There will also be a letter box at the event for the children to post their letters to Father Christmas, so please bring them with you. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. 

Please Note: Last admission into the House is at 3pm on weekends and at 7pm on the Twilight evenings (30th November, 7th, 14th, 21st December), please be aware of this if you have an afternoon session. 

To book your tickets, please click here.



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