CHATSWORTH GETS READY FOR CHRISTMAS
A highpoint in our pre Christmas celebrations, we’re thrilled to hear that Chatsworth House will be open for A Happy Christmas this festive season with tickets for timed visits now available. With limited numbers to ensure safe social distancing throughout the route, The State Rooms and Sketch Galleries – usually closed during the winter season – will also remain open, extending the normal Christmas route and providing a one-off opportunity to experience the Devonshire Collections in these spaces, beautifully dressed for the festivities.
Rooms lit by candlelight with stockings hanging by the fire, along with a letter to Father Christmas and carrot for Rudolph will strike a comforting note; the dining room table fully dressed with a Christmas banquet fit for kings and queens, and a huge 24 foot real Christmas tree decked in gold and cream in the Chapel are just some of the delights in store.
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire said: “Christmas at Chatsworth is always a magical time, but we think that 2020 will be even more special than usual. In such challenging and uncertain times, we are very much looking forward to the house being decorated and welcoming visitors during the festive period.
“Our team is doing a fantastic job to make sure we offer our usual warm welcome and breath-taking displays this Christmas, while protecting the health and wellbeing of our visitors and employees.”
A celebration of Christmas classics and music from all ages will run throughout the route, including playlists selected by the Duke and Duchess.
Chatsworth has taken the difficult decision not to run the hugely popular Christmas market this year. Having worked closely with the local planning department, it was agreed that the event could not take place without compromising the safety and enjoyment of visitors.
Chatsworth retail and food outlets will be open for festive shopping and eating with additional safety measures in place. With the house and garden having now been open for several months, Chatsworth has tried and tested safety procedures across the estate to help ensure the health and wellbeing of visitors and staff.