Christmas 2021 at Calke Abbey

Christmas trees at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Make magical memories this Christmas at Calke Abbey, where you’ll find festive lights and illuminations, a treasure trail for families, Christmas fairs and lots of opportunities to meet Father Christmas himself. Booking for Father Christmas events is now live; visit the What’s On page for full details.

Christmas lights and illuminations at Calke

As darkness settles this Christmas, see Calke all lit up in festive lights on an illuminated trail through the Pleasure Grounds and up to the church. 

Families can also take part in the Christmas Treasure Trail, which you can download here before your visit: Calke Christmas Treasure Trail (PDF / 1.4150390625MB) download

The small print: the illuminated trail and Christmas Treasure Trail will be open every weekend in December and the week before Christmas (Mon 20–Thurs 23 Dec), from 4pm. Visit the What’s On page for full details, including last entry times. Booking not needed.

Meet and greet with Father Christmas

Unfortunately, Father Christmas won’t be in his Stableyard Grotto this year, but there are plenty of opportunities to meet him at Calke this Christmas.

Breakfast with Father Christmas and Afternoon Tea with Father Christmas are now SOLD OUT. These events are going ahead as planned, and we're closely following government guidelines to ensure the safety and enjoyment of visitors. 

Families will be seated separately in the cafe, although space is limited and we recommend wearing a face covering where possible. Hand sanitiser is available at several points throughout the cafe. We ask all visitors to be considerate of others during this event, to ensure everyone can enjoy their visit.

Refunds are available for anyone wishing to cancel their booking for Covid-related reasons. Please contact the box office on 0344 249 1895 to arrange your refund. We would also be grateful if you could call the team at Calke on 01332 863822 or drop us an email if you are cancelling your booking, so that we can advise the Food & Beverage team accordingly or make your space available to another family on the waiting list.

Write a letter to Father Christmas

Do you have a special message for Father Christmas this year? Download this letter and let him know whether you've been good this year, then post it in the letterbox in the Stableyard at Calke – we'll make sure your letter reaches Father Christmas in the North Pole. 

Download the Letter to Father Christmas (PDF / 0.2333984375MB) download .

Christmas fairs in the Riding School

Christmas fairs are returning to Calke Abbey for 2021! Every weekend in December, you’ll find festive food, drink and gifts in the Riding School from 10am to 6pm.

Looking for last-minute gifts? Look no further. The Christmas fairs will be open on Mon 20–Weds 22 December (11am to 5pm) so you can find last-minute inspiration (or simply treat yourself to another mince pie).

Coming up after Christmas

Enjoyed Christmas at Calke and don't want the family fun to end? Here’s something to look forward to this January...

Children following the winter trail

Take part in Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail

We're inviting you to embark on Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail throughout January at Calke Abbey. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand.