Deck the Hall!
4th December 2023
You know it’s Christmas when Holkham throws open the doors to the Hall for their annual Candlight Tours, says Harriet Cooper
This year, the experience is more enchanting than ever with the addition of spellbinding light and sound installations by Luxmuralis, as well as themed displays that range from woodland to weddings, Pop Art to childhood nostalgia transforming the state rooms into a series of wonderlands.
Lady Leicester and Catherine Zoll start planning back in January and a team of stylists, florists, artists and creatives work tirelessly to bring the magic alive. The highlights are many, including the dresses of Lady Glenconner (designed by Norman Hartnell in 1956) and Lady Leicester (designed by Belville Sassoon in 1996) in the Wedding Room; the incredibly imaginative cakes by Amber Briggs of Love Wedding Cakes, Claire Owen and Thida Bevington; the immersive light projections in the Statue Gallery and the chapel; and the huge Christmas tree in the Saloon, this year decked out in all things autumnal, from sparkling squirrels to glittery mushrooms.
The guided tours are sold out but there is still availability for the self-led tours. Tickets cost £32 for adults and £16 for children, which includes a glass of prosecco, a mince pie and parking. Find out more here.
If all this inspires you to get decorating at home, there’s a pop-up Christmas tree shop in the Courtyard, open until Christmas Eve, and you can purchase decorations just like those used in the Hall, in the Gift Shop (parking charge applies, redeemable against purchases of £30 or more in the Courtyard Gift Shop or against the cost of your Christmas tree).
Also coming up at Holkham this festive season is their Christmas Market on 9 and 10 December (free entry, parking charge applies) in The Lady Elizabeth Wing and Courtyard, featuring more than 60 local and regional producers showcasing artisan food, drink and gifts, accompanied by live music from Fakenham Town Band and Nelson’s Shantymen. And speaking of music, they will be holding Canine Carols on 21 December (parking charge applies), complete with carols, a service of thanks celebrating our canine companions, a dog show, and more.
Visit www.holkham.co.uk to find out more