Thursday, 22 September 2011

Advance Notice of Christmas Festivities at the Treasure Houses of England

Spend the festive season at some of England’s most magnificent castles, palaces and houses at the Treasure Houses of England. Boasting ten of the most grand, historic and breathtaking buildings in the country, they will all be hosting a variety of Christmas events and entertainment amidst spectacular scenery and stunning surrounds.

Join Beaulieu’s exciting itinerary of Christmas celebrations (17th December-2nd January), including dress up games and carol singing while Blenheim Palace creates ‘A White Christmas’ with snowflakes, silver white birches and icicles for an atmospheric and magical experience (12th November-16th December). Enjoy a performing snow queen statue, Santa’s grotto in the stables and choir concerts.

Stock up on festive fayre at Burghley’s Fine Food Market (3rd-4th December) and at Castle Howard’s Christmas Craft and Produce Market (5th-6th December). Also at Castle Howard, Father Christmas and The Festive Wizard will be entertaining the crowds (26th & 27th November and 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th December) while adults can indulge in canapés, candlelight and a sumptuous three-course meal at their glamorous Christmas Party Nights (9th and 16th December).

Presenting over 100 stalls, Chatsworth’s Christmas Markets are a must-see (11th-13th and 18th-20th November), as are their ambient Twilight evenings presenting shopping and entertainment with the option of a gourmet three-course meal (24th & 25th November and 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th & 16th December).

Starring real farmyard animals, Chatsworth’s popular Nativity performances will ensure a jovial mood for all the family (3rd, 10th & 17th December).

The grounds at Harewood are beautiful at this time of year, and there will be plenty of seasonal events including a Santa's grotto on winter weekends.  The courtyard shop will be filled with festive foodstuffs, homeware and gift ideas - with perfect presents for children of all ages in the toyshop.

Find some gorgeous gifts at Hatfield House’s Christmas Frost Fair (25th-27th November) and Christmas Market (12th November) or even acquire some rare antiques at Holkham Hall’s Galloway Antiques Fair (9th-11th December).

Spellbinding Chamber Music in Holkham’s Marble Hall includes a champagne reception (12th December) and their Christmas Theatre looks set to entertain and enchant in equal measure (17th & 18th December).

Merry moments will be had by all at Leeds Castle courtesy of their beautifully decorated castle rooms featuring Father Christmas in his grotto (5th-24th December) and captivating Christmas Trail (26th December – 3rd January).

A full schedule of events is available on request.

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