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Sun 1st December 2019 to Mon 23rd December 2019
Enchanted Evening with Father Christmas
Event Type: Event for all

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas with our exclusive evening with Father Christmas.

Gather in the Grecian Hall for a festive tea party before setting off on a candle lit trail into the house to find Father Christmas and his friends in the magnificent Great Hall.

Children are invited to gather under the soaring tree and join in with music and stories before receiving their personalised present from Father Christmas, with photo opportunities too.

Child ticket includes:
- Tea Party in the Grecian Hall
- Visit to Father Christmas
- Invitation from Father Christmas
- Personalised Gift

The event will start at 6pm and finish at 8pm (approximately).

Please Note: Accompanying adult tickets must be purchased upon booking and will include admission into the event and refreshments (this applies to Friends of Castle Howard). Evening with Father Christmas tickets do not include admission to the house and grounds during the day.

£75.00 per child, £15.00 per accompanying adult.

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.

Please list any specific dietary requirements of children within the booking when prompted to do so. Unfortunately we will be unable to make any changes for dietary requirements unless specified at the time of booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should we do upon arrival? 

Please park in the main visitor car park and then make your way directly to the Ticket Office when you arrive, you will need to show your email booking confirmation to the Ticket Office staff to check in. You should arrive around 20 minutes before the start of your session, all children attending must have a pre-purchased ticket and invite. 

Any adults accompanying children on this event must have booked a ticket in advance. Due to limited space in the Grecian Hall; this will be limited to 2 adults per child with a ticket. The Kelly Car Christmas Express will shuttle between the Ticket Office and the House, where you should make your way to the Boar Garden Marquee. 

Where is the event taking place?

The evening begins in the Grecian Hall; the entrance to the Grecian Hall is via the Boar Garden Marquee. The event will then move through the House into the Great Hall. 

What will happen at the event?

There will be approximately 30 children on each session; children will be invited to a Christmas supper before setting off on a trail through the House to find Father Christmas in the Great Hall, where there will be stories, songs, music and presents. There will be the chance for photos at the end. 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, other than what is provided. There will also be a letter box for children to post their letters to Father Christmas. 

Mulled wine and mince pies will be available for accompanying adults. 

What if my child has specific dietary requirements?

We endeavour to be as accommodating as possible for children with specific dietary needs. Please list any specific dietary requirements within the booking when prompted to do so. Unfortunately we will be unable to make any changes for dietary requirements unless specified at the time of booking.

How long does the evening last?

The evening starts at 6pm prompt and lasts approximately 2 hours, including supper and a chance for photos with Father Christmas at the end. The Kelly Car will shuttle back to the Ticket Office at the end of the evening. 

Please Note: Pushchairs are not allowed in the House, a buggy parking area will be available. This event will take place after the House has closed, your ticket will not permit you access to the House or Gardens during the day. If you would like to visit the House & Gardens, tickets are available to buy on the day, or book online and save 10%.  

To book your tickets, please click here.


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