Christmas at Kedleston

A close up of a decorated Christmas tree a Kedleston

Christmas 2019 is just around the corner and we're getting into the Christmas spirit with a whole host of activities and workshops. See the hall decorated in all of its festive finery for a traditional Kedleston Christmas, or just wrap up and go for a winter walk in the parkland.

Visiting Kedleston at Christmas has become a tradition for so many and we're excited for another Christmas in the Hall. There's nothing quite like seeing Kedleston's State Apartment, already a spectacle in itself, with a twinkle of Christmas. Once again Father Christmas will be dropping by to meet families in the stables and you can buy your own real Christmas tree to take home and decorate. Go on a family winter walk, or burn off energy by going orienteering this winter.

Music brings the hall alive

This year the State Floor in the hall will be decorated to celebrate some much loved festive carols and songs that have become part of our festive celebrations each Christmas. In the lead up to Christmas we'll be welcoming some local choirs and bands to perform for visitors in the hall and outdoors, including Derby Rock Choir. Kedleston's very own volunteer choir will be singing in the grand Saloon room, adding festive cheer to this popular room on the State Floor. The hall is decorated from Friday 29 November - please note that during December visitors can view the state floor, but the museum and billiard room are closed at this time of year.

Christmas Craft activities for all ages

From weaving with willow to lantern making we've got a whole host of craft sessions and workshops to get you in the festive spirit. Some activities require advance booking so please check on the events listings on the website for more details.

Meeting Father Christmas for breakfast, supper or storytime at Kedleston Hall.

Join Father Christmas for a traditional cooked English breakfast with tea, coffee or squash in the great kitchen at Kedleston Hall. Father Christmas will be joining you and have presents to give to the children, making for a truly memorable festive family experience.

New for 2019, join us at Kedleston Hall for supper in the restaurant and meet Father Christmas after a meal.

New for 2019, especially for pre-school age children, join Father Christmas for a special story and a present. This event is aimed at young children, who may prefer this group event instead of a grotto experience.

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Kedleston
Father Christmas at Kedleston Hall
Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Kedleston

Once again, we are delighted to be offering a Signing Father Christmas grotto at Kedleston this December. These are suitable for children or young adults with additional needs and take place in a quieter environment.

These special events with Father Christmas require advance booking and are always popular so early booking is advised.

Winter wanders and Festive tours

From wintery walks in the parkland to themed guided walks, we've got all sorts planned to let you stretch your legs before you sit back and relax for Christmas.

Festive Lunch at the restaurant

Available daily from 1 - 23 December (except 10 / 11 December) join us for a Christmas lunch in the former kitchen of Kedleston Hall, an impressive setting for festive starters, mains and hot puddings this season. There is no need to book in advance and you can choose from a range of options when you arrive. Vegetarian options available.

Enjoy a traditional festive meal at Kedleston Hall this December
Enjoy a festive lunch at Kedleston Hall this December
Enjoy a traditional festive meal at Kedleston Hall this December

Festive shopping at Kedleston Hall

The shop in the hall is packed with wonderful gift ideas for all ages, including many locally made gift options such as jewellery, art prints, food and drink. For book lovers there are new and second-hand books on sale, and a wide range of seasonal garden plants. You'll also find cards, stamps, gift vouchers and tree decorations to help you get ready for Christmas.

Outdoor Family Fun

Enjoy a seasonal stroll and watch the sun set on the shortest day of the year then finish off at our fire pit for some Christmas carols on the Winter Solstice Walk on Sunday 22nd December 2019. This a popular walk and is suitable for families, and dogs on leads.
Bring along your own lantern or even go and make one in a drop in craft session on the day in the stables. We'll have our BBQ fired up with hot food available to buy if the weather is kind to us!

On 24th December, bring along the whole family and get your four legged friends in on the fun in the Santa Paws Pooch Parade at Kedleston . We'll lead you on a wintery walk through the parkland, each pooch will receive a tasty treat for their efforts.

Our 2016 pooch parade winner, the very handsome William
kedleston Christmas Pooch Parade winner
Our 2016 pooch parade winner, the very handsome William

Thank you - every mince pie, Christmas tree, visit to Father Christmas and gift purchased in the shop at Kedleston, helps to look after Kedleston for future generations to enjoy.