It wouldn't be Christmas without Calke Abbey

A boy look at Christmas cards on the billiard table at Calke Abbey

Come to Calke Abbey and celebrate Christmas. We have festive activities for all the family to enjoy. From fun in the Stableyards to a starlit trail, beautiful decorations in the church and house; even Father Christmas will be visiting Calke Abbey!

Twinkle, twinkle Christmas star

Experience a starlit Christmas at Calke. Explore the Christmas trail in the house and see the decorations. Follow the star trail through the pleasure grounds and up to the candlelit church.
Visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto and enjoy some children’s crafts in the stables as you wait to tell him your Christmas wishes.

As darkness falls experience Calke in all its Christmas starlit glory, as this unique property is illuminated.  You may wish to bring a torch to help you explore.

Times and prices

Adult £3.50, child £2, family £11 (members free)
Father Christmas grotto £4.50 (includes present). Timed tickets on sale from the Ticket Office (limited availability)

Sat 5, Sun 6, Sat 12, Sun 13, Sat 19, Sun 20 December
12 noon – 6.30pm (last entry to trail 6pm)
Last entry to Father Christmas Grotto 6.00pm by timed ticket. Time tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office for periods between 12 noon and 6.00pm. Limited availability - Father Christmas is exceedingly popular!

Festive food and gifts at Calke Abbey

The restaurant will have warming winter meals and Christmas treats to tempt you. Stop by and visit the shop for some fantastic last minute gifts. We have a huge range of things like locally brewed beer and jewellery to Christmas chocolates and scented candles.

Events for food and gift lovers

Christmas craft show - Hosted in the Riding School this show has lots of stalls featuring fine crafts and unique gifts. Normal park admission applies so you can pop for a browse if you are visiting for a winter walk or for twinkle twinkle Christmas star.

Saturday 5, Sunday 6, Saturday 12, Sunday 13 December 11am - 6pm

Christmas fine food fair- Local food from a 30 mile radius will be on offer with plenty of tasting opportunities before you buy. The Calke chefs will be on hand with demonstrations to inspire you.

Sunday 20 December 11am - 4pm

Details of these events and more can be found in our what's on section.

If you need a break from all this festive fun how about taking a walk in the park and find a peaceful spot to relax.

What's on at Calke Abbey