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Magical Christmas Celebrations at Holker Hall

Holker Hall at Christmas

Christmas is a time for family, friends and celebrations and with only a few weeks left until the time honoured festivities begin, what better way to get you and your loved ones in the festive mood than with a visit to the Holker Hall & Gardens ‘Christmas at Holker’ event.

For the second year running Holker will be hosting ‘Christmas at Holker’ making the most of all that the Hall and Gardens have to offer at this magical time of year. From 5th to 22nd December there will be a whole host of events and activities to suit visitors of all ages.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Hall at its very best, recreating an era when the celebration of Christmas was a very important occasion in the life of the Estate. This year the decorations include a series of uniquely designed Christmas trees and follow a lavish, traditional Victorian theme to compliment the period surroundings.

A Winter Wonderland

Step into a winter wonderland with a visit to the gardens at Holker which are open daily from 10.30pm-5.30pm during ‘Christmas at Holker’. Visitors to the Hall can explore the gardens and enjoy the enchanting twilight illuminations from 3.30pm.

Traditional Christmas Carols

Live Christmas music will be performed by local musicians and singers every weekend throughout Christmas at Holker. On Saturdays from 12.30pm-3.30pm instrumental “Christmas Favourites” can be enjoyed and on Sundays from 1.30pm-3.00pm the Cartmel Choral Society will be singing traditional carols around the warming braziers in the Courtyard.

A Holker Christmas for Children

Step back in time to discover the magic of a Victorian Christmas with a variety of activities to inspire children aged 3-10 years. Children will gather round the fire for traditional Christmas stories and create authentic Christmas decorations and gifts. You can also enjoy an educational Hall tour with your children to learn about Christmases past. Children’s activities are taking place on Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December from 2.30pm-5.00pm. Pre-booking is essential.

Festive Food at Holker

On Sunday 6th December 10.30am – 3.30pm the very popular Fine Food Producers’ Market returns to Holker for Christmas and will be showcasing the best local produce for the festive season. Entry and parking for the market are free.

Christmas at Holker also offers the opportunity to stock up on exquisite decorations and festive gifts in the Gift Shop. Indulge in fine foods and Christmas hampers in the Holker Food Hall. Enjoy delicious seasonal food in the Courtyard Cafe, including roast chestnuts and mulled claret. Taste and buy traditional, local and seasonal foods from Holker’s own baker and chef, and celebrate at the Holker BBQ which will be serving Holker meats at the weekends.

On Wednesday 9th December Holker Hall will also be hosting a fascinating evening lecture by eminent food historian Ivan Day. As well as being one of the culinary worlds greatest writers Ivan also runs courses on period cookery, many of which take place in his own home, a seventeenth century farmhouse on the edge of the Lake District. Discover not only the traditional food of the Lakeland farmhouse, but also the rich offering prepared in the kitchens of the regions great country houses. The lecture will also include light refreshments. Booking is essential.

To find out more information about any of the Christmas at Holker events or to book tickets call 015395 58328, email or visit

Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates and can book a fascinating Winter Woodland Tour or a group lunch in the elegant function room.


For further information, to request photography or to enquire about press visits to Holker Hall & Gardens please contact Kate Hall at Apples & Pears Marketing on 0115 9255999 or email