Christmas at the castle

The courtyard at Chirk Castle dressed for medieval Christmas

3 to 23 December. This Christmas period see Chirk Castle decorated with a traditional medieval theme. See us prepare the castle for Christmas, enjoy our weekend event days, or come during the week for an opportunity to enjoy our decorations, do some shopping, or take part in craft activities.

We are open for Christmas from 3 to 23 December, with lots of different festive things to experience. Throughout December our State Rooms also open an hour earlier, so entrance is from 11am to 4pm (last entry 3:30pm). Our shop and tea room are both open as normal, with some great gifts to buy and a special Christmas menu.

From 3 to 9 December we will be decorating the castle for our medieval Christmas on 10 December, so if you want to see our decorations going up it's a great time to visit. Please note that conservation will still be taking place, so some items of the collection may be covered - this is also a great time to learn about the kind of conservation work we do during the winter. The during the week from 12 to 16 and 19 to 23 December come and see the castle dressed in its festive best.

Our main medieval Christmas event is on the weekends 10&11 and 17&18 December, with medieval characters, music, mummers plays, medieval food and drink to try, crafts, and storytelling throughout the day - for more details please see the Medieval Christmas Weekends article.

Father Christmas will also be in his grotto on the weekends of 10&11 and 17&18 December (Please note that our grotto is now SOLD OUT on all days) for a visit - for more details and to book please see the Father Christmas Grotto article.

There are also plenty of Christmas crafts to try. On the weekend on 3&4 December meet James from Woodland Classroom to try your hand at a traditional, wooden decoration made from material found on the estate. There is no additional charge for this activity, and no need to book. For more details please see the Christmas Decoration Woodcraft article.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 to 16 December, you can also book onto one of our Christmas craft workshops. Have a go at making your own paper-craft wreath, felted soaps, or Christmas pudding door-stop. All workshops are £20 per person, including all materials. For more details please see the Christmas Craft Workshops article.