7 Christmas 2021 events in stately homes

If you're a lover of decking the halls with all things tinsel, you'll certainly appreciate the Christmas decor at these English stately homes. With larger-than-life Christmas trees and grand staircases festooned in festive fairy lights, these Christmas houses make for the perfect December day out. 

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Say hello to your dream Christmas house

Castle Howard, Yorkshire

Christmas tree with view up to dome of Castle Howard

Castle Howard is as grand as they come and when this baroque Yorkshire pad is festooned with traditional decorations – including twinkling Christmas trees spiraling towards painted ceilings – it’s almost too much for the eyes to handle. Give them a rest, then, by mooching around the Christmas market in the Stable Courtyard.

Visit Castle Howard at Christmas

See Holkham Hall by Candlelight

Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Holkham's Marble Hall at Christmas

Modelled on the Temple of Fortuna Virilis and the Pantheon, Holkham’s Marble Hall is one of England’s most elaborate spaces and its majestic beauty reaches new levels come Christmas time. Columns are wrapped in fairy lights, Christmas trees line the staircase and giant baubles dangle from the ceiling. See this and lots of other decadent state rooms as part of the Christmas candlelit tours of the house.

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Wander through a Christmas wonderland

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Illuminated trail at Blenheim Palace at Christmas

Blenheim Palace may be the birthplace of Britain’s most iconic Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, but come December we’re only visiting for one thing – the show-stopping Christmas decorations. Lasers, light tunnels, a scented fire garden, and thousands of twinkling pea lights, oh my! And we haven’t even touched on what’s waiting inside – more lights, giant Christmas trees and The Nutcracker-themed displays.

See Blenheim Palace at Christmas

Regale in a regal Christmas pad

Chatsworth, Derbyshire

Christmas decorations at Chatsworth House

This 15th-century country pile takes Christmas and its decorations very seriously. There’ll be twilight events with mince pies and mulled wine, festive music, and plenty of bejewelled Christmas trees for those essential Christmas selfies.

Have a very merry Chatsworth Christmas

Visit the stately home of Father Christmas

Osborne House, Isle of Wight

The holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – aka the real-life Father Christmas who introduced many of the traditions we still celebrate – is arguably the best place to relish in all things festive. See the Italianate villa adorned in plenty of festive finery, enjoy rides on a vintage carousel and make your own traditional wooden toy.

Enjoy a special Christmas day out

Explore an enchanting outdoor extravaganza

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Manor Illuminations at Christmas at Waddesdon

Visit Waddesdon, the Rothschild House & Gardens in Buckinghamshire, for magical lights and gardens aglow. Set against the backdrop of the North Front of Waddesdon Manor – complete with six large Christmas trees – is the Christmas Fair, full of festive treats from over eighty hand-selected artisan stalls housed in charming wooden chalets. As twilight falls, watch the landscape come to life with Waddesdon’s playful Winter Light trail. Take a stroll beneath sparkling tree canopies, past giant dandelions and walk through a tunnel of light hoops before stopping to admire Waddesdon Manor’s façade illuminated with dancing lights set to music.

See Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

See decked out halls at this Kentish castle

Hever Castle, Kent

See the childhood home of Anne Boleyn transformed into a festive paradise this Christmas. Spot Jiminy Cricket on the Adventures of Pinocchio on this year’s themed Christmas trail – you’ll begin in Geppetto’s Workshop before journeying through the land of toys and under the sea before seeing the Blue Fairy grant Pinocchio’s wish of becoming a real boy. Once the sun goes down, enjoy a walk under the stars on the Magical Christmas Light Trail to admire the castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, before jumping on fairground rides and cuddling fluffy Huskies. Inside the castle, you’ll be met by beautifully and traditionally decorated rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees – more than enough to get you into the festive mood.

Step into Christmas at Hever Castle
15 Oct 2021(last updated)

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    Castle Howard, Yorkshire

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    Holkham Hall, Norfolk

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    Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

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    Chatsworth, Derbyshire

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    Osborne House, Isle of Wight

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    Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

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    Hever Castle, Kent

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