CHATSWORTH House has decked its halls and officially declared it the season to be jolly!
Visitors to the stately home this Christmas will be able to walk the wintry streets of Bethlehem, follow the three wise kings, bask in the beautiful Silent Night and jump aboard Santa’s sleigh.
Each room and corridor has undergone a stunning seasonal transformation to represent a different famous festive carol.
“This year’s theme looks incredible,” said head guide Heather Redmond.
“We’ve featured every carol from Ding Dong Merrily on High and O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, to Three Little Ships and The Holly and The Ivy.
“It feels so Christmassy and makes for an incredible tour, it’s such a lovely place to come to work.”
Work started on the design of the theme back in January, followed by months of planning before staff began making or acquiring everything needed to pull their Carol Spectacular together.
Heather said: “It takes a full week to dress the house for Christmas and it really is all hands on deck to pull it together. We’ve used 15,000 baubles and 10,000 fairy lights – our electricians really have their work cut out making sure we don’t short anything!”
Shepherds, angels, sleighs and buckets of snow complete the look and this year, visitors to the historic home can drum with the Little Drummer Boy, feast with Good King Wenceslas in the Great Dining Room, pet reindeers and leave their Christmas wishes on the popular Wish Tree.
Heather said: “It’s the perfect visual celebration of Christmas. We’re also holding 15 Nativity performances in December which children can take part in alongside animals in the farmyard.”
And the tour has personal touches from the Duke and Duchess.
Heather said: “The Duchess told us that her young grandchildren always sing While Shepherds Wash Their Socks by Night, so she wanted a washing line of socks in that room.”
The Chatsworth Christmas market weekends are back this year too with over 100 stalls selling seasonal foods and gifts. The house will be open for Christmas until December 23. Visit www.chatsworth.org.
n See our video report at thestar.co.uk/video.
CHATSWORTH CHRISTMAS IN NUMBERS
n 15,000 – number of baubles
n 10,000 – number of fairy lights
n 15 – number of Nativity performances