Discover Christmas traditions old and new at Kedleston Hall this winter.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect present or want to forget the pressures of a modern Christmas and be transported back to a simpler time, then a visit to the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall could be just the job.
This Christmas, visitors to Kedleston Hall will discover a twist on a traditional Christmas as the property focuses on its uses in times past when the family would have been either away in London for the season, or shut away celebrating a family Christmas in the family pavilion, leaving the house covered up with the servants remaining on the ground floor.
To recreate this, each weekend from December 7-22, visitors will be able to experience a contemporary ‘light event’ on the state floor where white sheeting will drape over the furnishings, lit with different coloured lights to create pattern and a festive interest, while carollers will fill the cavernous rooms with music.
On the ground floor, visitors will find a much more recognisable festive atmosphere with Edwardian themed decorations, displays of traditional Christmas recipes and a party atmosphere as the servants prepare their own festivities.
Younger visitors won’t be left out either, with craft activities to make in Caesars Hall and a chance to meet Father Christmas himself in his grotto, and even join him for breakfast at one of the Special Breakfast with Santa events.
There’s also a chance to join the Kedleston Volunteer Carol singers as they meet in the church as it starts to get dark each Saturday, before walking up through the parkland in a lantern lit procession, singing as they go and stopping off at the warming fire to look back on the house lit up in the dark sky.
“Christmas is always a time for celebration with friends and family with the modern Christmas as we know it being a collection of old customs and traditions from the past. We have planned our events this year to try and bring to life some of the stories from the properties and to help visitors understand how they were used in the past,” said Jonathan Turley, events and marketing manager at Kedleston Hall.