THERE is Christmas – and then there is a Chatsworth Christmas.
The holiday season gets under way in earnest tomorrow at the stately home with the unveiling of a fabulous festive fantasia.
Because when the nights grow longer and Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, everyone loves a good panto.
This year, Chatsworth’s famous displays, all located on the house’s lower floors, showcase no fewer than 13 traditional family favourites.
Tales featured in lavish and dramatic tributes include Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Puss in Boots, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and more.
House guides will be dressed for the occasion - as Widow Twanky, Captain Hook, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother or the Wicked Witch.
There may even be the odd pantomime cow roaming the halls...
For youngsters, there is the challenge of a children’s mystery trail, with hidden clues giving the identity to every pantomime featured.
Playing Cinderella is a dream for Rosie Hodkinson, who for the rest of the year is a day customer service assistant.
She will enjoy wearing a fairytale ball gown made by Chatsworth’s in-house textile team – and which this year has created more than 70 other costumes for this year’s event.
Rosie’s own Prince Charming is Lewis Leybourne, normally a trainee supervisor, who will be looking the part in authentic 18th century livery taken straight from the Chatsworth archives.
The event runs until Sunday, December 23.