Christmas at Kedleston
The nights will be drawing in and the frost sparkling on the ground - connect with nature and each other and join us for a traditional Christmas at Kedleston Hall. Escape outdoors for an invigorating walk around Kedleston’s picturesque parkland, then visit the Hall and get into the Christmas spirit, or cosy up with some comfort food in Kedleston’s Great Kitchen Restaurant.
Festive fun for all the family
Christmas at Kedleston Hall runs from Friday 1 December to Saturday 23 December. Kedleston is closed on Christmas Day. This 2023, whilst you do not need to book your visit, we are offering a range of additional activities to get all the family feeling festive.
So you can make the most of your visit, here’s a summary of what’s on offer and details of events which require advanced booking.
1-23 December, 11am-3pm with last entry at 2.15pm
Experience the Hall at Kedleston, invitingly decorated with festive displays and embellished Christmas trees. No booking required.
1 December (excluding 25 December) to 7 January 2024, 9am-3.30pm
Bring along the family and enjoy a Christmas advent trail. Find 24 boxes to open and explore. This free festive trail will run outside within the pleasure gardens and up to the viewpoint on the short walk. No booking required.
Meet Father Christmas
6 December, 4.30-5.30pm
As in previous years, we are delighted to be able to offer Signing Father Christmas at Kedleston Hall. This experience is specifically for children with additional needs or who use sign language. Meet signing Father Christmas over a hot chocolate and cookie. Booking online is essential.
Saturdays and Sundays between 2-17 December, 8.45-9.45am (SOLD OUT)
This year, at Kedleston’s Great Kitchen Restaurant you can enjoy Breakfast with Father Christmas. As well as a full cooked English breakfast, there is a gift for each child and an opportunity to get a photo with Father Christmas and his elf.
Wreath Making Workshop (SOLD OUT)
6 December, 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Make your own natural wreath using vegetation gathered from the gardens at Kedleston Hall. Full instruction and guidance is provided by the gardeners and all tools provided.
Make a festive bird feeder
10 December, 11am-3pm
Give your garden birds a treat this winter by making your own bird feeder to hang in your own garden. This is a fun and messy outdoor activity for families! No booking required.
Christmas Concert (SOLD OUT)
16 December, 6pm-8pm
A festive performance by Mosaic inside Kedleston Hall this December. Singing everything from beautiful Christmas choral pieces to fun favourites.
17 December, 11.30am-12pm
Enjoy our regulars, Derby and Nottingham Rock Choir for an outdoor festive performance at Kedleston Hall. This 30 minute performance is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit! No booking required.
Santa Paws Walk
23 December 10am-11am
Make sure your four-legged companion gets to take part in the Christmas cheer with a 2 mile walk in the park. Festive attire encouraged! No need to book - just come along with your special pup. Normal admission applies for walkies.
Explore outdoors at Kedleston this winter. Crisp, cold days and early sunsets - the winter landscape can be an inspiring place to step out into. So, wrap up warm, blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a seasonal stroll in the Kedleston parkland. There are plenty of options available, across over 800 acres of parkland.
The site is particularly muddy as we head into the winter season, so we recommend you dress appropriately with sturdy footwear for your visit.
Festive food and shopping
Refresh and refuel at Kedleston's Great Kitchen restaurant. Warm up after a woodland wander with a hot drink and snack. Throughout the Christmas period we’ll be serving winter spiced drinks and mince pies – fabulous festive treats.
The shop at Kedleston shop is the perfect place to pick up those last-minute Christmas gifts without the hustle and bustle of the crowds. There is a range of gifts with a selection for explorers, gardeners and gourmets. You'll also find cards, stamps and gift vouchers. Why not treat yourself to a comforting throw or scented candle?
Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy 2024 from all the team at Kedleston Hall. Thank you for your continued support allowing us to look after special places like Kedleston for future generations to enjoy.
Pull on your walking boots and enjoy an adventure in Kedleston's beautiful surroundings, whether it’s a short stroll around Robert Adam’s pleasure ground, or a heartier walk for the more adventurous.
Open daily, the Great Kitchen restaurant serves up hot and cold lunches and snacks, an ideal pitstop before or after your walk or buy a souvenir of your visit in the gift shop.
Many of the houses and buildings in our care that will be transformed with colour this Christmas. Find out more about our winter illuminations and lights trails and book tickets for your visit.