For over 20 years, we have dressed the house for Christmas. Each year we welcome families and friends for a festive day out, many of whom return annually, eager to see the magic our Christmas team have created.
In recent years, the experience continues into the garden, where illuminations and music light the paths for a post-dusk walk like no other.
Please be aware that a pre-booked ticket is currently required for all visits to Chatsworth. Weekend tickets are limited, but there are plenty of opportunities to visit mid-week including on late nights.
You can arrive at Chatsworth at any time after 10am on the day of your visit to explore the farmyard, enjoy seasonal shopping and dining, or a walk in the parkland.
Discover the magic
Allow 1-1.5 hours for the house. More about the house
There are 24 rooms open for Christmas at Chatsworth. Please note that some of the rooms on the general visitor route (March to October) may be closed for winter conservation.
Christmas in the house
24 rooms of the house have been decorated for Christmas, creating a magical ‘Palace of Advent’.
Chatsworth's 'guardian angels'
In the Chapel Corridor, take a moment to admire Bethan Maddocks' beautiful papercut artworks, 'The Caretakers' - inspired by the hard work and dedication of centuries of Chatsworth staff.
Elf and safety
Keep your eyes peeled for Father Christmas's little helpers making mischief around the house...
All that glitters
Don't miss the dazzling display of more than 1,500 Christmas tree brooches from the record-breaking collection of Adam Wide
With 24 rooms on the route and 24 rooms overlooking the south lawn, the house was just waiting to become an advent calendar. Spot each number on the route and complete your Christmas countdown.
Can you hear the ROAR?
Keep an eye out for two lions at the end of the Sculpture gallery, but don't worry, they're friendly. There are a few other animals in the gallery as well. Can you find them?
Explore the garden
Enjoy an illuminated light trail inspired by the ‘Palace of Advent’ in the vast 105-acre garden.
Allow 45 minutes - 1.5 hours to explore the light trail. More about the garden
Important: if you choose a house entry time of 4.30pm or later, we recommend you visit the garden before you enter the house so you have enough time to enjoy the full experience.
Christmas in the garden
When the sun goes down, enjoy an interactive light and sound trail around the garden. Entry is included in all Christmas at Chatsworth tickets.
The last opportunity to view the projection on the house is 20 minutes before the garden closes.
Discover the depths
You can arrive at Chatsworth any time after 10am on the day of your visit so take the opportunity to take a look around the garden in the daytime as well as after dark. Using the garden map, explore the depths and uncover hidden views, including at the Grotto House, Quebec and the Kitchen and cutting garden.
Adventure in the farmyard and playground
Allow 2–3 hours for the farmyard and playground. More about the farmyard and playground
Last entry is 1 hour before close.
Make new friends
Meet all of our farmyard animals and have a cuddle with the guinea pigs in the animal pen.
Who dares to go through the secret tunnel that leads to the huge adventure playground?
See all of our daily activities in the farmyard.
Stop for lunch
Rest and enjoy a takeaway lunch to eat in the garden after all the farmyard fun.
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Christmas at Chatsworth
Chatsworth will become the Palace of Advent this Christmas, with decorations in the house and a light and sound trail in the garden. Tickets include access to the house, garden and farmyard.
Christmas in the garden
Explore an interactive light and sound trail around the garden, with a dazzling light show transforming the house into a giant advent calendar.
Wild winter willow crowns
9 & 16 December
A children's winter workshop – make a crown from willow and fill it with winter foliage, berries and natural materials.
A children's Christmas craft workshop
Christmas papercut scene workshop
Design and create your own 3D festive papercut scene at this introductory tunnel book workshop.
New year's eve ball
Ring in the New Year at Chatsworth with live music, dancing and a delectable four-course dinner.
Visiting with young children
Learn more about visiting with young children, including baby change facilities, feeding and more.