Chatsworth dressed up with twinkly lights and Christmas trees

Chatsworth announces Christmas season

Media relations for Chatsworth

Dare we say it. The ‘C’ word… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Chatsworth, as today we announced to the media its plans for the festive season.

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24 September 2020. Chatsworth is delighted to announce the house will be open for ‘A Happy Christmas’ this festive season to offer a warm welcome to all those looking to end the year on a high.

Tickets for timed visits have been released today (24 September) for the season, which runs from 7 November to 3 January. With limited numbers to ensure safe social distancing throughout the route, this is a wonderful opportunity to see the house in all its festive glory.

The State Rooms and Sketch Galleries – usually closed during the winter season – will also remain open, extending the normal Christmas route and providing a one-off opportunity to experience the Devonshire Collections in these spaces, beautifully dressed for the festivities.

Rooms lit by candlelight with stockings hanging by the fire, along with a letter to Father Christmas and carrot for Rudolph will strike a comforting note; the dining room table fully dressed with a Christmas banquet fit for kings and queens, and a huge 24 foot real Christmas tree decked in gold and cream in the Chapel are just some of the delights in store.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire said: “Christmas at Chatsworth is always a magical time, but we think that 2020 will be even more special than usual. In such challenging and uncertain times, we are very much looking forward to the house being decorated and welcoming visitors during the festive period.

“Our team is doing a fantastic job to make sure we offer our usual warm welcome and breathtaking displays this Christmas, while protecting the health and wellbeing of our visitors and employees.”

A celebration of Christmas classics and music from all ages will run throughout the route, including playlists selected by the Duke and Duchess.

The highly talented team at Chatsworth has been hard at work making many of the beautiful decorations by hand.

Susie Stokoe, Head of Textiles at Chatsworth, said: “We have been hugely inspired by the ingenuity and creativity of communities near and far during the pandemic.  Through working together and supporting each other, in both the physical and online worlds, through the difficult days of lockdown, we have all dug deep.  Our Christmas team has drawn on this spirit of resilience, and making the most of what we have, to create beautiful handmade decorations that we hope will delight, and encourage others to have a go themselves.”

Chatsworth has taken the difficult decision not to run the hugely popular Christmas market this year. Having worked closely with the local planning department, it was agreed that the event could not take place without compromising the safety and enjoyment of visitors.

A Chatsworth spokesperson said: “Our main priority remains the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff, exhibitors, partners and local communities and this decision reflects that. We would like to thank all those who play such a vital role in the event’s success and apologise for the disappointment this decision may cause, but believe that it is the most responsible course of action. We hope to welcome everyone back in 2021, when we aim to make the Chatsworth Christmas market even more special than usual.”

Chatsworth retail and food outlets will be open for festive shopping and eating with additional safety measures in place. With the house and garden having now been open for several months, Chatsworth has tried and tested safety procedures across the estate to help ensure the health and wellbeing of visitors and staff. To find out more, go to https://www.chatsworth.org/your-visit/

Timed Christmas tickets go on sale 24 September 2020, priced at £25 per adult and £15 per child (aged between 4-16 inclusive), and include entry to the house and garden. Family tickets are also available. Visits will be via online booking only with no tickets available on the day.

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