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. As part of the trail, you’ll see glimpses of the house dressed up for Christmas and follow the twinkling tunnels to the Stableyards.

Families can also take part in the Christmas Treasure Trail, which you can download here before your visit: Calke's Treasures at Christmas Trail (PDF / 1.2MB) 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, but you can meet the Christmas Elves at a storytime session, where you’ll hear magical tales and get in the festive spirit. There's no need to book for this event, but spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Find out more on the What's On page. 

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 / 0.2MB) 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 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.