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Plan an extraordinary day out this Christmas and step into history together as a family.

Prepare for dazzling new light trails at some of our most popular sites and meet Father Christmas himself as he tells festive stories around the Christmas tree.

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Christmas Events

Gather your friends and family this winter and experience the past in a spectacular new light. Celebrate Christmas with brand new, interactive light trails at some of our most popular properties. Brought to you by our event partner Kilimanjaro Live in association with English Heritage, get ready for colour, lights and play this December.

Marvel at the historic buildings being bathed in light as you warm up with a glass of mulled wine and toast a marshmallow under the night sky. You can also stock up on Christmas gifts and tasty treats in our shop.


Festive Stories with Father Christmas

Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy festive schedule to tell some of his favourite seasonal stories around the Christmas tree, in our group storytelling sessions. Then, you and your children will get the chance to meet the man himself, take photographs and make memories to treasure, as children receive a traditional present to unwrap.

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