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Castle Howard, York At Christmas.

23rd December 2014crelgey

Castle Howard at Christmas… Where dreams, memories, and traditions are made.


The House.

Billed as ‘Yorkshire’s finest stately home and gardens‘. This award-winning attraction is found in the heart of Yorkshire, 15 miles north of York.

CASTLE HOWARD has housed the Howard family from the point of it starting being built. Though during World War 2 it became a girls’ school. The main focus now is preserving the family name and home as a national treasure, so it can be enjoyed and marvelled at in all it’s stature by daily visitors and family to come.

If the architecture of the Castle isn’t your thing, then maybe the treasure trove of collections within the house may be. Bronze, Paintings to porcelain are found throughout.

More an outdoors, garden lover, then the Castle’s 1,000 acres of land is sure to captivate you. Visit any time of the year and enjoy the formal gardens or the scenic woodland surroundings, including temples, lakes and fountains. Plus annual displays of many types of flowers.

The Castle has a changing program of exhibitions and displays within the house, plus a wide range of events throughout the year, both inside and around the grounds. You can access ‘What’s On’ HERE.

Other features of CASTLE HOWARD are A Farm Shop, selling homemade and local produce. Garden Centre and Tree Nursery. Plus, a Holiday Park.
The Castle can also accommodate for weddings, private functions and corporate events.


Castle Howard At Christmas.

Now our reason for visiting. ‘An Audience With Father Christmas‘.

Audience with Santa at Castle Howard

Up until having a baby, I’d never known of such an event. After seeing and hearing many people talk with much enthusiasm about this, I thought we needed to go and experience it, especially now with baby being 21 months, he’s very much more aware of things going on around him, plus he’s walking and (trying) to talk.

With four dates available and limited places per date, I was so glad to have been an early bird and been online to book us in.

Held in the main house, you sit and enjoy stories, singing and magic tricks with Father Christmas and his wizard friend, in front of a roaring fire. Each child is called up to sit with Father Christmas, where they are given an age-appropriate gift and photos can be taken. This lasts 40 minutes.

From the location of the house and it’s amazing Christmas decor, to the style and running of the event, I really think that the only thing that could match such an experience would be Centre Parcs, or Lapland itself! It was amazing and a must-do activity for anyone in the area with children. (under 12 years old)


We really enjoyed our visit. Surprisingly so did my Mr and he’s requested we go again next year. Which I definitely agree with. I think next year our little boy will appreciate it a little more. He was really good this time and did sit and stand quietly throughout. The only tantrum came when we popped him on Santa’s knee for a photo.

So here’s to next year!


Find it: Website: Castle Howard Twitter: @CastleHowardEst Facebook: Castle Howard


Comments (1)

  • New Girl in Toon

    23rd December 2014 at 11:01 am

    Nothing beats a castle at Christmas! I'm so gutted I'm too old to go and visit Santa, I need to have some kids so Christmas becomes magical again 🙂

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