Over 100,000 visitors are attracted to Chatsworth in the run up to Christmas which is repeating last year’s extended opening days until 3rd January 2017. The tradition of dressing the House with a seasonal theme transports visitors to a world far away from the hectic rush of Christmas preparations. This year visitors will discover a fairytale world of soldiers, elegant ballerinas and dancing snowflakes as they step into the setting of The Nutcracker. The story unfolds throughout the house with scenes including the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy and visitors will be able to share in Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by the Nutcracker Prince to a wonderful place where the magic really begins.

Chatsworth Christmas Market

Chatsworth Christmas Market

A highlight for Chatsworth’s head housekeeper, Janet Bitton, is The Land of the Sweets where the only light is from the chandelier like a moon above with city with its twinkling lights through the windows. For a special thrill, visitors can experience the story as though they are both in the audience at the theatre and stepping backstage at the ballet. And there is the added attraction of being able to try on one of the specially made costumes.

Whilst the House has become the fairytale world of The Nutcracker, during November there is the added attraction of the fantastic Christmas market which runs daily from 12th to the end of November. With over 100 stalls selling a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations including seasonal produce, clothing and toiletries it’s the perfect one stop shop for all the family. And to smooth the shopping along there is live entertainment, mulled cider and German beers, bars, street food and of course Chatsworth’s own exclusive gift ranges in the stables. Entry is free but there are parking charges – unless you are a Friend of Chatsworth which is free for Gold Friends and £4 for Silver Friends.