Celebrate Advent at Calke Abbey this Christmas

Calke Abbey, Midlands, candle-lit church at Christmas

There's something for everyone this Christmas at Calke. Whether you want to create family traditions, find festive gifts 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! Join us for a magical, lantern-lit evening in the Stableyard to get in the festive spirit. Watch Father Christmas arrive at Calke with his magical reindeer, then join in the lantern-lit parade as he enters the Stableyards to spend an evening in his grotto.

Book tickets to see him, get started on your Christmas shopping at the gift market, or pop into Squirt’s Stable for family Christmas crafts. If you’re feeling the winter chill, warm up with a hot chocolate or a festive pizza from our pizza oven. There’s something to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

This event starts at 5pm on 1 Dec. Please arrive promptly if you don’t want to miss Father Christmas’ arrival!

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?

Father Christmas will be visiting his magical stable grotto on select dates throughout December – tell him how good you’ve been and he’ll have an early Christmas present for you. You can even 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, or cosy up by the fire in the Entrance Hall and listen to a festive story. Select dates only, visit the events pages for more details.

Children and parents meet Father Christmas at Calke Abbey

Visit Father Christmas at Calke Abbey  

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Peer behind our Advent doors and windows

This year, our lantern-lit Christmas trail has an Advent theme. Peer through the Christmas windows and sneak around doors to get a glimpse of bygone Christmases at Calke. Can you find all 25 Advent windows along the trail?

As darkness falls, let the lanterns lead the way to the candle-lit church and see the tunnels dazzle in festive lights. The Advent trail is open every weekend and some evenings in December. 

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 fairs and gift markets, including magical evening events in the Stableyard.

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 dinner, lovingly prepared by the Calke chefs. If you’re looking for something extra special, wine and dine the Calke way with a 7-course feast at our festive gourmet night.

A festive lunch at Calke Abbey, Midlands

Christmas lunch at Calke Abbey 

Treat yourself to a heart-warming Christmas dinner at Calke Abbey. Find out how to book your table here.

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.

For the first time, the gardens are open over winter from 11am – 3pm, offering a glimpse at the bare bones of the garden and Pleasure Grounds. Dogs on short leads are welcome in the gardens during the winter.

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. Why not ask in the Ticket Office about our gift memberships this Christmas?

It’s thanks to your visits that we can protect unique places like Calke Abbey. Thank you for your continued support.