Christmas at Holkham
Make Christmas Special at Holkham
Christmas 2018 and we opened the doors to Holkham Hall inviting visitors from to step inside and experience the magic. With each stateroom beautifully adorned with sweet-scented pine trees, greenery, sparkling decorations and twinkling lights, we welcomed visitors to Candlelight Tours of the hall. The pièce de résistance this year was a full sized Italian parterre garden bathed in winter snow, running the length of the Statue Gallery and a favourite amongst visitors was the Arctic snowscape in the South Dining Room featuring penguins and Santa’s campfire.
Despite a definite chill in the air, we saw thousands of visitors flock to our annual Festive Food Fair, warming up on delicious mulled wine, stone baked pizzas, yuletide tipples and of course, a great Christmas atmosphere! The fair showcased the best of local and regional food and drink. Our live cookery theatre, featuring demonstrations from renowned local chefs gave foodie guests inspiration for their own festive dishes.
Ukulele elves and a visit from Father Christmas himself put a smile on a lot of little faces in our sell-out event An Audience with Father Christmas. To add to this magnificent lineup, we offered craft workshops for visitors looking to add a personal touch to their homes this Christmas. Wreathmaking, using greenery from the park, was a highlight, and for the children, a chance to create their own decorations, baubles and cards using greenery and a little bit of imagination, proved great fun. We enjoyed concerts by candlelight, filling visitors with the joys of Christmas as they revelled in the beautiful voices of Norwich Cathedral Choir and Diva Opera echoing through the magnificent Marble Hall.
With something for everybody, we celebrated Christmas in true Holkham style and we look forward to doing it all over again for 2019.