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Christmas at Chatsworth: The Palace of Advent

Type:Christmas Event

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Chatsworth lit up with numbered windows of Advent


The countdown to Christmas at Chatsworth has begun! Come and see the house transformed into The Palace of Advent.

Christmas in the house
With 24 themed rooms filled with Christmas wonder, enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the season. You can travel under archways adorned with candy canes, handmade Christmas stockings and mistletoe; wander through infinite snowflake showers and a glittering Christmas tree brooch forest; and explore the hustle and bustle of Father Christmas’ workshop. With mischief-making elves and a giant exploding Christmas cracker, it’s not one to miss!

Christmas in the garden
The celebration will continue in the garden, where there will be an illuminated light and sound trail! The trail will embrace some of Chatsworth’s best-loved garden landmarks, including the historic Cascade, whose 24 stone steps will be transformed into an illuminated, interactive musical instrument.  Visitors can play on the giant keys, lighting up to the sound of hand bells.

Artworks and installations
The light trail will culminate in a spectacular animated lightshow that transforms the house into a giant advent calendar. 24 Christmas scenes will emerge from 24 windows on the south façade of the house.

Come and explore the farmyard, which will also be transformed with lights and decorations. Families can even join Father Christmas for story time in his grotto.

Building on Chatsworth’s longstanding role as a place of art and creativity, the design team has worked with contemporary artists to create new works for the Christmas experience, including a large-scale paper cut artwork by artist Bethan Maddocks. The work in the windows of the Chapel Corridor will celebrate the generations of people who have worked at Chatsworth to maintain the house, garden and parkland for everyone to enjoy.

A highlight in the house will be a glittering Christmas tree brooch forest featuring 2,000 brooches from the extensive Guinness World Record breaking collection of Adam Wide. Adam will be at Chatsworth on Thursday 30 November to give a talk and answer questions about his collection – one of many festive talks, tours and workshops planned at Chatsworth this season.

Scroll down the page for a taster video.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£34.00 per adult
Child£19.00 per child
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children)£84.00 per family

Tickets provide entry to Chatsworth House, Garden and Farmyard, plus parking for one vehicle.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at Junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at next roundabout, take 1st exit (continuous lane, signposted Chatsworth). At traffic lights, select middle lane and to straight on, keep in left lane and at roundabout (Matalan), take 2nd exit (A619, signposted Chatsworth). Continue for 8 miles through the village of Baslow. Pass Cavendish Hotel on left, at roundabout, take 1st exit signposted Chatsworth. Follow road for approx 1½ miles to Chatsworth Estate. Cross cattle grid and take next left to the House.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 and follow route from North/South

From West From Bakewell, take A6 (signposted Matlock) to village of Rowsley. Take 1st left after Peacock Inn (signposted Chatsworth). Follow road to traffic light controlled bridge. Continue on same road through Chatsworth Estate and take next right to the House.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 10 miles away.

Bus number 170 from Chesterfield town centre to Baslow followed by 1¼ mile walk.

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