Christmas at Chatsworth: The Palace of Advent
Christmas in the house
With 24 themed rooms filled with Christmas wonder, enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the season. You can travel under archways adorned with candy canes, handmade Christmas stockings and mistletoe; wander through infinite snowflake showers and a glittering Christmas tree brooch forest; and explore the hustle and bustle of Father Christmas’ workshop. With mischief-making elves and a giant exploding Christmas cracker, it’s not one to miss!
Christmas in the garden
The celebration will continue in the garden, where there will be an illuminated light and sound trail! The trail will embrace some of Chatsworth’s best-loved garden landmarks, including the historic Cascade, whose 24 stone steps will be transformed into an illuminated, interactive musical instrument. Visitors can play on the giant keys, lighting up to the sound of hand bells.
Artworks and installations
The light trail will culminate in a spectacular animated lightshow that transforms the house into a giant advent calendar. 24 Christmas scenes will emerge from 24 windows on the south façade of the house. Come and explore the farmyard, which will also be transformed with lights and decorations. Families can even join Father Christmas for story time in his grotto.
Building on Chatsworth’s longstanding role as a place of art and creativity, the design team has worked with contemporary artists to create new works for the Christmas experience, including a large-scale paper cut artwork by artist Bethan Maddocks. The work in the windows of the Chapel Corridor will celebratee the generations of people who have worked at Chatsworth to maintain the house, garden and parkland for everyone to enjoy.
A highlight in the house will be a glittering Christmas tree brooch forest featuring 2,000 brooches from the extensive Guinness World Record breaking collection of Adam Wide. Adam will be at Chatsworth on Thursday 30 November to give a talk and answer questions about his collection – one of many festive talks, tours and workshops planned at Chatsworth this season.
From 4-26 November, Christmas tickets also include access to the Christmas market.
This event is organised by Chatsworth.