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A Christmas Masquerade

Christmas at Castle Howard is a spectacle like no other.

Saturday 16th November 2019 - Sunday 5th January 2020


New for 2019 Christmas opening will run into the new year - until Sunday 5th January 2020.

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 'A Christmas Masquerade’ to produce a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages. The Castle Howard "Christmas Masquerade” celebrates the House’s theatrical roots and the influence of the Italian Baroque on its magnificent architecture and interiors.

The House prepares for a grand masked ball inspired by the Venetian Carnival to be held in the Long Gallery spectacularly adorned as the Grand Canal. Amongst the sumptuous decorations and awe inspiring costumes, a troupe of travelling players prepare festive entertainments for the guests. These ebullient, mischievous characters - Harlequin, Colombine, Pierrot and the Zanni Clown are part of the famous Commedia dell Arte who became the much-loved characters of the pantomimes that remain one of our best beloved Christmas traditions. A magical immersive experience that will embody the spirit of the season in true Castle Howard style.

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, 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...

Please click here to purchase tickets for the House & Grounds this Christmas (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). 

To find out more about our group prices, for group visits of 12 or more people, please contact 01653648621 or email [email protected]

Fri 15th Nov 2019
We warmly invite Friends of Castle Howard to an exclusive preview of this year's Christmas decorations, A Christmas Masquerade.
Sat 16th Nov 2019 - Sun 5th Jan 2020
Creative Designer, Charlotte Lloyd Webber and her team are back for another year with a theme of A Christmas Masquerade.
Sat 16th Nov 2019 - Fri 13th Dec 2019
Indulge in a delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea, featuring a variety of delicate festive treats made using the highest quality local produce.

Exclusive Private Hire at Christmas

This year we are offering businesses something truly memorable. We have limited availability for
exclusive Christmas packages to celebrate at Castle Howard with the ultimate festive experience.

Dates available for this exclusive package are the following Thursdays: 21 November, 28 November, 5 December and 12 December.

  Please click here for further information.