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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Saturday 17th November - Monday 31st December 

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
(please 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 below.

Christmas Opening Times

The House and Grounds open at 10am with last entry at 3pm during the week and 4pm on weekends throughout Christmas Opening. For further information on Opening Times please click here.

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Fri 16th Nov 2018
We warmly invite Friends of Castle Howard to an exclusive preview of this year's Christmas decorations, The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Sat 17th Nov 2018 - Fri 21st Dec 2018
Combine your visit to the House and Gardens at Christmas with a Christmas Afternoon Tea in our elegant Grecian Hall.
Sat 24th Nov 2018 - Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Make Christmas memories that will last a life time with a visit to see Father Christmas at our popular Fireside Audiences
Sat 24th Nov 2018 - Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Add a touch of magic to your Christmas with our exclusive evening with Father Christmas.
Thu 6th Dec 2018
Friends are invited to enjoy a concert of carols by candlelight in the Castle Howard Chapel on Thursday 6th December
Sat 15th Dec 2018 - Sun 16th Dec 2018
Visit on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of December and discover Castle Howard in a new light as night falls.