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It’s the first day of December which means it’s officially time to get festive! All across the country, people are starting to get into the Christmas spirit. If you’re in search of fun days out to put you in a festive mood then look no further, as we’ve listed five of the best Christmas events taking place this December.

Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad

Chatsworth House at Christmas

Image provided by Chatsworth House Trust

Every year, Chatsworth transforms into a magical winter wonderland and this year, the theme is Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Journey around the rooms beautifully decked out for Christmas and share in the adventures of Mr Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger as they celebrate the festive season at Toad Hall.

Festive Theatre at Belsay Hall

Head down to Belsay Hall in Northumberland where they’re taking on Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Gather in the library to see Scrooge confronted by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come. The performances are taking place on the 5th and 6th December, with several productions running throughout the day. It’s sure to be a wonderful, festive day out for the whole family but just remember to wrap up warm as the hall is unheated!

Christmas Elf Trail at Emmetts Garden

The Christmas Elf Trail at Emmetts Garden is a fantastic Christmas event to get the whole family involved in. Running until 3rd January, the trails are £1 each, as well as the normal admission price for the garden. Help the elves find the lost reindeer tags that are somewhere within the garden before Father Christmas sets off on his sleigh to deliver his presents! There are lots of friendly characters to help you along the way, as well as puzzles and challenges to overcome. Fancy trying it out? Then you’ll want to take a look at our Ide Hill holiday cottages so that you have a cosy retreat to head back to with the family!

Illuminated Gardens at Powis Castle

Powis Castle is beautiful at any time of year but it really does come into its own on the run up to Christmas. Visit the castle on one of the six dates throughout December to stroll around the stunning illuminated gardens, courtyard and terraces. You don’t need to book and normal admission charges apply. To see the dates the illuminations are taking place, please visit the National Trust website.

Christmas Festivities at Arlington Court

This beautiful country house in Devon is a magical place to visit this Christmas with lots of festive events taking place throughout December. Browse the spectacular 100 trees display which is part of this year’s theme, 100 different ways to decorate Christmas trees. Take part in a wreath-making workshop or pay a visit to Santa’s Grotto to meet a traditional, green Father Christmas.

For more Christmas-themed events and activities, make sure you keep an eye on our blog where we have a whole category dedicated to Christmas! We’ll be looking at everything from advent crafts for children, to Christmas baking and the best cottages for a relaxing pre-Christmas break.

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