Christmas Weekends at Calke Abbey

Experience magical Christmas weekends at Calke Abbey, with lights, illuminations and festive fairs for all the family.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Christmas weekends at Calke are a magical time to make memories. As darkness falls, follow a twinkling trail of lights and illuminations through the Pleasure Grounds to the church, and catch a glimpse of the house lit up in festive lights. Discover a series of treasures along the trail and be inspired to share some joy this Christmas.

December dates and times as follows:

Fri 3 Dec, 5pm–8pm

Sat 4 and Sun 5 Dec, 9am–6pm

Sat 11 and Sun 12 Dec, 9am–6pm

Sat 18 and Sun 19 Dec, 9am–6pm

Mon 20, Tues 21, Weds 22 Dec, 10am–6pm

See below for more detail on entry times to the House and Gardens.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Calke Abbey


Park and Gardens
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £6.50
Child N/A £3.25
Family N/A £16.25
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.00 £10.00
Child £5.50 £5.00
Family £27.50 £25.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The admission fee to the Parkland and Gardens applies to all non-members, whether arriving by car, bike or on foot. This supports vital conservation work in the outdoors at Calke Abbey, so that we can protect this special place for everyone, for ever. There is no car parking charge.

Admission to the House is in addition to the Parkland and Gardens, and is available from the Ticket Office.

The basics

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Start your Christmas adventure in the Ticket Office to find out what's on at Calke this festive season.
What to bring and wear
Hats, scarves and gloves may be required for those cold winter days (and evenings!). We recommend warm clothing and sturdy shoes.
Please note that the lights and illuminations will be switched on as darkness falls, usually around 4pm. Last entry to the park is 5pm. A few rooms of the house will be open as part of the Christmas trail, last entry 5.30pm. The trail will close at 6pm, and we recommend allowing an hour to complete the full trail. Please note that dogs on leads are welcome to this event, but will not be able to go in the house or tunnels.

Contact Info

Property office
Call 01332 863822

Upcoming events

Calke Unlocked: a tour with a twist (age 14+), starting October

Wed 27 Oct 2021
Museum tours not for you? Want to have a little fun with history instead? Introducing Calke Unlocked – an irreverent, behind-the-scenes house tour at Calke Abbey. Tours start in October, with more dates available throughout the year.

Discover Calke's Treasures, open from 1 Nov

Sun 28 Nov 2021
To celebrate the National Trust's Year of Treasures, come and learn more about Calke Abbey's collection and how we care for them through a brand-new 'Treasures' experience in the riding school.

Christmas Markets in the Riding School

Fri 03 Dec 2021
Find festive inspiration at Calke's Christmas Markets, where you'll find plenty of gift ideas alongside heartwarming food and drink.

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Sat 04 Dec 2021
Enjoy a full English breakfast in the café and meet Father Christmas and his elves. Due to a technical issue, booking will now open on Mon 25 Oct (previously Mon 18).

Christmas storytelling at Calke Abbey

Sat 04 Dec 2021
Cosy up in the sitting room of the mansion and listen as Father Christmas' elves read you a festive story.