Get the most out of your Christmas visit to Calke

Christmas trees at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

There's something for everyone this Christmas at Calke. Whether you want to create new family traditions, find festive gifts and treats or enjoy a crisp winter walk, we can help you get the most out of your Christmas visit.

On the first day of Christmas…

…Father Christmas comes to Calke! Watch Father Christmas arrive at Calke with his magical reindeer, then join the lantern-lit parade up to the twinkling Stableyards. 

Find festive cheer at the Christmas Gift Market in the Riding School, where you'll discover traditional, vintage, contemporary and handmade gifts. Kids can get crafty in Squirt's Stable, and if you're feeling the winter chill, warm up with a hot chocolate and mince pie in the cosy restaurant.

Create family traditions this Christmas

Christmas is a magical time for the family, and we’ve got lots of ways to create wonderful memories and festive traditions. Why not start with a visit to Father Christmas?

Tickets to see Father Christmas in his magical stable grotto are now sold out, but you can still enjoy a full English breakfast with Father Christmas in the café. He’s a very busy man this time of year, so booking in advance is essential.

For creative kids, pop into Squirt’s stable and take part in some Christmas crafts, open at weekends in December from 11am–6pm.

Children and parents meet Father Christmas at Calke Abbey

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Twelve Days of Calke's Christmas

Christmas weekends at Calke are a magical time to make memories with the family. Discover twelve festive displays on our new family trail, telling stories from Calke's past. Pick up a trail map from the Ticket Office or Squirt's Stable to get started.

As darkness falls, let the lanterns lead the way to the candle-lit church and see the Pleasure Grounds dazzle in festive lights. For a truly magical experience, enter the twinkling tunnels and warm those fingers and toes by the fire in the Entrance Hall.

Discover festive food and craft fairs

‘Tis the season to stock up on festive gifts and treats! Get set for Christmas at a range of food and gift markets in the Riding School, where you'll find traditional and handmade gifts, local food and lots of festive cheer.

Once you’re all stocked up, treat yourself to a hot chocolate or mince pie in the restaurant, or enjoy in a three-course Christmas lunch, lovingly prepared by the Calke chefs. You can download a copy of the menu here.

Calke Abbey Christmas lunch menu (PDF / 1.1MB) download

Escape the Christmas crowds 

With over 600 acres of stunning parkland to explore, there are plenty of places to escape the crowds.

Pick up a park map to find a range of walking routes, or download our best seasonal walks from the website. You’re welcome to head off the beaten track and create your own walk through meadows, wetlands and woodland – even in winter, there’s plenty of sights to see.

We love meeting your four-legged friends at Calke, but please be considerate to other visitors and bring a lead and plenty of poo bags, just in case!

Calke park on a frost winter morning

Winter Walks at Calke

Enjoy crisp, winter walks at Calke and explore seasonal highlights around the estate.

Winter opening and admission

The house is now closed for the winter season while the house team undertake vital cleaning and conservation work, but there’s still plenty to see and do at Calke Abbey.

The gardens are open over winter from 11am–4pm, offering a chance to explore the bare bones of the garden and Pleasure Grounds. Dogs on short leads are welcome in the gardens during the winter, but please bring the poo bags, just in case.

We charge a per-person park admission charge for non-members, which allows you access to 600 acres of parkland, the winter garden and the facilities in the Stableyard. If you’re a member, don’t forget to bring your membership card – every time we scan it Calke Abbey receives a ‘member credit’ which enables us to continue our essential conservation work.

Traditions that last a whole year

Looking forward to a family day out at Calke Abbey this Christmas? Why not make the fun last all month? It costs £9.50 for a family ticket into the parkland, but for just £10 a month, you can enjoy unlimited magical moments this Christmas!

Ask a member of the park entry team for details about a National Trust family membership when you arrive, and start making long-lasting traditions this Christmas. Don't forget we also do gift memberships, if you're looking for an extra special gift this Christmas.

Your support this Christmas means that we can look after special places like Calke Abbey for generations to come. Thank you.