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Christmas is coming once again at magical Holkham

Preparations are under way for another Christmas at Holkham Hall, masterminded by Lady Leicester.

Throughout November and December, visitors can get into the Christmas spirit with candlelight tours of the magnificently decorated state rooms and a unique screening of the moving-image artwork Nativity, by award-winning artist Martha Fiennes, to the exclusive opportunity to meet the Countess of Leicester and Holkham’s annual Festive Food Fair – so there is something for all to enjoy.

Visitors will leave the coldness of winter at the door as they enter the magic that is Christmas at Holkham.

Snow covers the trees at Holkham Hall ready for Christmas. Lady Coke in the almost finished Statue Gallery
Snow covers the trees at Holkham Hall ready for Christmas. Lady Coke in the almost finished Statue Gallery

From November 14 to December 30, the 25,000-acre estate hosts an array of festive events against the sumptuous backdrop of the historical state rooms, beautifully adorned with decorations which can be admired by twinkling candlelight, as well as offering indulgent locally-sourced treats and gifts for all the family, making it the perfect setting for a festive winter getaway.

The Nativity exhibition will run from December 27-30 between 3-9pm. Tickets are priced at £35 for adults and £17.50 for children. Tickets are only available to book online.

The Countess of Leicester will be welcoming guests to the Hall, where they will have the chance to hear how the original concepts are dreamt up by her and her team, and how the artists and makers turn these visions into reality to transform the Hall state rooms into magical spaces.

Visitors will also learn how to dress their own Christmas tree in the magnificent style of the Saloon tree and get the chance to meet the creators of some of the show-stopping decorations, alongside entertainment from talented pianist and harpist Zoe Arnold. Enjoy a glass of champagne in the Marble Hall on arrival before exploring the rooms by candlelight, during which the estate archivist and librarian, as well as the room stewards, will answer any questions about the estate’s history and decorations.

The event will run on December 7, 6-9pm. Tickets are £45 for adults.

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