A Regency Christmas at Lyme

Lyme's south front covered in snow on a clear day

During the Regency when Thomas Legh lived at Lyme, Christmas was a time of celebration. There wasn't the emphasis on gift giving as there is today, instead the focus was on spending time with family and friends at parties, feasts and gatherings.

A Regency Christmas

In the early part of the nineteenth centruy, the season began with the giving of small gifts on 6 December, the feast of St Nicholas, and celebrations continued all the way through to Twelfth Night. Homes were decorated with natural materials from gardens and parkland, kisses were given under kissing boughs anad Yule Logs were brought in to the house to be burnt on Christmas Day.

If you would like to come along to see how Christmas would have been celebrated during Thomas Legh’s lifetime and to see parts of the house dressed in the Regency style, join us Friday – Monday from 24 November to 24 December, 11am – 3pm. (We may sneak in a few Christmas trees, because who doesn’t love a beautifully decorated tree!)

There will be a wonderful selection of choirs performing traditional carols on most weekends and Regency Rejigged will be bringing regency dancing back to Lyme:(Please note: choirs will perform at 12pm and 2pm unless stated otherwise),


Friday 24th: Voci Voices

Saturday 25th: Voci Voices

Sunday 26th: Chrystal Chords * cancelled*

Monday 27th: Elinor Nicholson on the harp


Friday 1st: Regency Dancing with Regency Rejigged

Saturday 2nd: Lindow Singers – 12pm and 1.30pm

Sunday 3rd: Capriccio

Monday 4th: Elinor Nicholson on the harp

Friday 8th: Heartbeat Chorus

Saturday 9th: Grace Darling Choir 

Sunday 10th: Gallery Choir

Monday 11th: Elinor Nicholson on the harp

Friday 15th: Whaley Choir

Saturday 16th: Disley Community Choir

Sunday 17th: Sale Chorale

Monday 18th: Elinor Nicholson on the harp

Friday 22nd: Chapel Ladies Choir – 12pm and 1.30pm

Saturday 23rd: Hulabaloo

Sunday 24th: King’s School Alumni

Festive favourites being sung in the house
Carol singers performing festive favourites at Lyme, Cheshire
Festive favourites being sung in the house

Festive Afternoon Tea

If you fancy a doing a little of your own celebrating, why not book in for Festive Afternoon Tea? The delicious treat includes a welcome glass of Prosecco or elderflower fizz, soup, a selection of sandwiches and not one, but four scrumy desserts.

Available every day the house is open, please book by calling 01663 761400. £24.95 per person.

Garden Trail

If you want to make the most of a crisp winter’s day, bring the family along for the festive trail in the garden and go in search of a cheeky selection of elves and fairies who are hidden amongst the trees. Garden open Friday - Monday, 24 November - 24 December & 26 - 31 December, 11pm - 4pm.