New! An Illuminated Christmas at Castle Howard and an audience with Father Christmas

Castle Howard Christmas 2020

It’s the news that many Yorkshire families have been waiting for: Christmas is still going ahead at Castle Howard! Things are slightly different this year, of course, which unfortunately means that the annual Christmas transformation of the house isn’t happening. There is, however, a magical garden adventure to enjoy. More good news: Father Christmas is returning too! Here’s what to expect. If you’d like to go along, make sure you book tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale as it’s always popular.

‘Wish Upon A Frozen Star’

Jack Frost has cast an icy spell and turned the Walled Gardens into a beautiful winter wonderland. As twilight falls, journey through this enchanted world lit up by festive illuminations and immersive soundscapes. The only way to thaw the frosty spell and bring good cheer back in time for Christmas is to make a wish under Yorkshire’s starry skies and step out into a golden landscape of warmth, joy and wonder.

Your journey will climax with an epic story, projected as a light show onto the iconic facade of the House. Will the trees be bedecked this year? Will the band strike up and the dancing in the Great Hall begin? And most importantly, will Father Christmas make it in time to save Christmas? The event runs from Saturday 28th November 2020 to Thursday 31st December 2020.

Ticket details

Tickets for Gold Friends of Castle Howard will be released on Thursday 1st October 2020, Silver Friends on Friday 2nd October and the general public on Saturday 3rd October.

Full priced tickets range from £21 – £17 per adult and £15 – £12 per child, with discounts for Friends of Castle Howard. Save with the Early Bird booking offer on the Light Trail! Save £2.00 off all full-price and member ‘Wish Upon a Frozen Star’ tickets booked on or before Wednesday 21st October.

An Enchanted Audience with Father Christmas at Castle Howard

If your children have been particularly good this year, add a touch of extra magic to your Christmas and enjoy an exclusive meeting with Father Christmas at Castle Howard.

New for 2020, join Father Christmas and WonderPhil in the splendor of the Long Gallery, inside the House this year, for a magical Christmas show like no other. Your ticket will include exclusive access to Castle Howard where you will enjoy a one hour show featuring your favourite festive duo, available on selected dates from Saturday 28th November until Wednesday 23rd December 2020.

Your children will receive a gift and the event will, of course, be run ensuring strict social distancing to keep you, your family and of course Father Christmas, as safe as possible.

£45.00 per child, £40 for Friends of Castle Howard. Accompanying adults must book relevant admission tickets to attend, those meeting Father Christmas before 3pm must book a Gardens admission ticket, for those meeting Father Christmas from 4pm onwards must book a Light Trail ticket.

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