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There is nothing quite like this magical room tour at Holkham Hall this Christmas.

Available now for the public to book this is a festive treat with elegant attention to detail and a sprinkling of magic as visitors tour the grand home.

Holkham Hall's team of creatives, with help from volunteers, have really decked the hall, and designed spectacular room displays with the wow factor at every turn.

Present and correct ... Holkham Hall at Christmas wrapped up in a bow for you.
Present and correct ... Holkham Hall at Christmas wrapped up in a bow for you.

Entering the famous Marble Hall, with pianist Carrie O'Donnell tinkling the ivories with gentle festive tunes, there are a mere 22 real trees provided by Salle Farms, Reepham, adorning the entrance.

Leigh Hitchcock, general manager said: "It is a family and team effort.

"We had a dress rehearsal with the stewards to learn about the different rooms.

22 real trees deck the Marble Hall.
22 real trees deck the Marble Hall.

"It takes a month to set up and it is great to be welcoming visitors back and celebrating Christmas with them."

With flickering candlelight, each room has a unique theme, and Holkham has worked with local artists and craft makers to design a handmade Christmas.

Catherine Zoll who oversees the designs with Lady Leicester, the occupant of the hall with her husband Thomas Coke, the 8th Earl of Leicester, said: "The overall theme is inspired by ideas from theatre, trends, interior and family and personal touches.

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Fireplaces are adorned with berries and branches.
Fireplaces are adorned with berries and branches.

"It is eclectic and guests are taken on a journey through the range of rooms experiencing colour, scent, humour and simplicity."

State rooms have been bejewelled in pinks, purples and crimsons, or decorated with a blue Delft theme, and a festive feast is frozen in time.

In the old kitchen below stairs, last used in the Second World War, the theme is sustainability and awareness of the planet.

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Partridges and pears.
Partridges and pears.

The creators are using natural materials to decorate the wooden table that is full of copper ornaments and set for Christmas lunch.

Santa has got stuck up the old kitchen chimney and of course there is some soya milk and a carrot for the vegan reindeer.

There is a special room designated to the family spaniels and shows the families sense of humour with a tree made from dog bones and lightly snowy paw prints.

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The Old Kitchen was last used in the second world war.
The Old Kitchen was last used in the second world war.

If visitors look very carefully at the portrait using the face of a dog they can spot Santa and his sleigh in the background.

Chandeliers that are 300 years old, as old as Holkham, reflect the sparkles of the fairy lights, candle sticks look like antlers, there are pink swans and goblets with decadent colourful flocking.

Fakenham District Flower group have also contributed to the designs with flowers and no oasis is used to sustain recycling.

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Santa gets stuck up the chimney in the Old Kitchen.
Santa gets stuck up the chimney in the Old Kitchen.

Flowers have been used from the walled garden, dried during the summer and used for the Winter display.

Some of the objects seen in the displays can be purchased in the gift shop as tree decorations, such as the blue and white miniature cup and saucers or pugs for dog-lovers.

The jungle room tree is covered in parrots, as Lady Leicester has a pet parrot called Basil.

If you look very carefully, you can see Santa in the background of the portrait.
If you look very carefully, you can see Santa in the background of the portrait.

Throughout the tour there are the scents of Christmas, pine needles, white thyme candles and delicate citrus scents.

In the chapel is a traditional Nativity scene where there will be a service on Christmas Day open to the public.

Rooms have landscape displays with birds and owls nestled in birch and larch branches, traditional trees with partridges and pears and toadstools and fairies hide in their woodland home.

The view of the huge tree down the hallway.
The view of the huge tree down the hallway.

Linda Tree is a room steward who led the tour and she said: "Here at Holkham Hall we wish you all a very Merry Christmas."

Pinks and crimsons decorate the tree in the old servant quarters.
Pinks and crimsons decorate the tree in the old servant quarters.
The Nativity scene in the chapel.
The Nativity scene in the chapel.
Fairies and toadstools in this woodland display.
Fairies and toadstools in this woodland display.
Below stairs the arches are beautifully decorated.
Below stairs the arches are beautifully decorated.
The Jungle Room houses parrots.
The Jungle Room houses parrots.
Coppers and naturals adorn the table setting in the Old Kitchen.
Coppers and naturals adorn the table setting in the Old Kitchen.
The dog themed room tree is decorated with tiny dog bone biscuits.
The dog themed room tree is decorated with tiny dog bone biscuits.
Could do with a few more minutes.
Could do with a few more minutes.
Dog lovers will take note.
Dog lovers will take note.
Frozen feast room.
Frozen feast room.
The dog room has paw prints disappearing up the chimney.
The dog room has paw prints disappearing up the chimney.
You cannot freeze cheese.
You cannot freeze cheese.
The dog room is a paw-fect tribute to our four-legged friends.
The dog room is a paw-fect tribute to our four-legged friends.
Pinks and purples in the jewel room.
Pinks and purples in the jewel room.
The dog room.
The dog room.
A tree made from antlers.
A tree made from antlers.


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