Stately homes with Christmas events in Cheshire

The light show at Dunham Massey

The light show at Dunham Massey - Credit: Sony Music/Richard Haughton

Visit one of these stunning country estates in Cheshire which are putting on festive events from light displays to Christmas themed afternoon teas.

ARLEY HALL
See the Hall decorated with foliage from the gardens and a sprinkling of fresh flowers between December 2 - 6 . The Gardener’s Kitchen will be serving delicious Christmas food and mulled wine. December 7 - 8 will see two daily sessions of Jonathan Moseley's Floral Demonstrations.
Afternoon Tea aficionados can book themselves in for the Indulgent Champagne Afternoon Tea on December 9 or the Afternoon Tea Masterclass by Tea from The Manor on the 13th or 14th.
Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich, arleyhallandgardens.com

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BOLESWORTH
There are 30 sparkling nights of enchanted magic at Bolesworth Castle this Christmas, with its beautiful parkland transformed into a stunning festive scene from November 26 to December 24. The after-dark experience includes access to a stunning mile-long Christmas lights trail, Santa's grotto, reindeer, fairground, lights and laser show, Christmas market and covered ice skating. VIP visitors can book the Champagne Island. 
bolesworth.com

Christmas door wreath at Capesthorne Hall

Make your own Christmas door wreath at one of the Capesthorne workshops and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine while you're creating - Credit: Capesthorne Hall

CAPESTHORNE
Join the team at Capesthorne Hall to create your own festive Christmas door wreath. The £35 price includes instruction, all materials, mince pies and mulled wine plus free parking and entry to the formal gardens and grounds. Bring along your own secateurs, gardening gloves (if required) and any other personal decorations you wish to add.  November 29th and December 2nd
capesthorne.com/events 

CREWE HALL
Crewe Hall will be one of the busiest spots in the county as the the office Christmas party returns to our festive schedules this year.
Those looking for a more quieter way to enjoy Christmas can indulge in the Festive Afternoon Tea that is available between 1 December and 2 January.
Crewe Hall Hotel & Spa, Crewe www.crewehallcheshire.co.uk

DUNHAM MASSEY
Surround yourself with sparkle as the after-dark trail lights up for another year. Expect giant glittering deer, stunning tree canopies and worlds festooned with seasonal cheer, soundtracked by festive classics.
If you can't secure a ticket, the creators of Christmas at Dunham Massey are also operating a brand new lights trail 40 minutes away - Christmas at Delamere Forest.
Dunham Massey, near Altrincham nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

LYME HALL
Explore the traditions and treasures of Christmases past and as you make your way through the house in the Christmas Treasures at Lyme that takes place between 3 - 24 December.
The estate is also a popular outdoor location at this time of year, with acres of walking areas (with deer) and there is also Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail for all the family to enjoy.
Lyme Hall, Poynton www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme

RODE HALL
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Rode Hall, the popular monthly farmers’ market has been running since 2007 and the Christmas market is the absolute highlight of the year and not to be missed by any foodie.  
The market December 4th will be full of festive cheer with mulled wine, mistletoe and mince pies and the wonderful Rode Hall Silver Band will be playing carols by the barns. The courtyard kitchen will also be serving lots of festive treats and the winter gardens will be open too. A great morning out for the whole family.  
rodehallfarmersmarket.co.uk 

THORNTON MANOR
The grounds will come alive with a glittering sprinkle of Christmas magic in a visually stunning, multi-sensory walk-through wonderland spectacular. The Winter Wonderland dates are 27, 28 November and 2-5, 9-12, 16-19 and 23 December.
Merry Christmas Tour is a unique opportunity to take an exclusive tour of the historic family home of Lord Leverhulme, dressed, in all its glory, for a traditional Victorian Christmas. Dates: 30 November and 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, December.
Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough thorntonmanor.co.uk

Christmas scenes at Tatton Park. :

A little donkey joining in the Christmas fun at Tatton Park - Credit: Jason Lock

TATTON PARK
Tatton Park’s winter gardens hosts a magical event for families, Inspired by Nick Butterworth's ‘One Snowy Night’ between 27 November - 3 January. 
Head to the Farm at Tatton Park between November 27 and December 21. to meet Father Christmas in his farmyard grotto. His elf helpers and animal friends welcome little ones to make magical reindeer food for Christmas Eve in The Mill, take a selfie on Santa’s sleigh and enjoy live music from local choirs. And of course a gift from Father Christmas. 
The Northern Chamber Orchestra Concerts take place on 10th December and the annual Christmas Carols in the Stableyard returns on 19th December. During the festive season, you can treat yourself to a Festive Afternoon Tea in the Gardener’s Cottage tearoom.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, www.tattonpark.org.uk

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