A christmas of make-believe

Lord Howard De Walden and his family putting on a pantomimen in the 1920s

8 to 23 December 2018. Enter a world of make-believe at Chirk Castle this Christmas. Follow the footsteps of the six children of Lord Howard de Walden in the 1920s as we decorate Chirk Castle as a fantastical castle of theatre and fairytales.

From 8 to 23 December visit our Christmas of make-believe. Imagine if you grew up in your very own fantasy castle… for the six children of Lord Howard de Walden at Chirk Castle in the 1920s that was exactly what happened. 

John, Bronwen, Elisabeth, Priscilla, Gaenor and little sister Rosemary grew up playing make-believe, putting on Christmas pantomimes, and playing dress-up in a castle full of imaginary dragons and knights, princesses, and stories.

This Christmas escape the high street and join us for a family Christmas... with a twist.

Explore our fairy-tale trail, and see how many traditional fairy-tales you can name. See the beautiful decorations inside the State Rooms themed on the De Walden family pantomimes, watch the family cinefilm, play dress-up and recreate a scene from the De Walden family album. Try some festive favourites in the cafe, or pick up a special present for someone from our Gift Shop. On weekends we also have special storytelling, with our favourite local storyteller Andy Harrop-Smith, and live traditional Christmas music.

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.

Admission is free to National Trust members, or please see admission prices on our website.

Father Christmas will also be in his traditional grotto each weekend - for more details and to book please see the Father Christmas Grotto article.