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The Best Christmas Displays in the Peak District

The Peak District becomes a wonderland in December, with the many historic houses and stately homes in the region transformed by festive decor and delights. 

Feast your eyes upon some of the most enchanting Christmas displays this season, with some of our local recommendations explored below. 

A Festive Adventure at Chatsworth House

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Step into Around the World in Eighty Days and follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earheart as Chatsworth House leads you on a festive adventure across the globe. Guides will lead you to lands afar, from a Nordic winter wonderland to a baroque Spanish church, all within the grand halls of the historic seat. Experience the displays by night on a spellbinding Twilight Evenings, with glass of wine and mince pie in hand and the music of a strings trio serenading you. 

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Get Creative at Haddon Hall

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Embrace the wonderful music from local community choirs and bell ringers whilst attending one of their many festive workshops and demonstrations presented within the beautifully decorated Hall. As you stroll through the traditionally dressed chambers of Haddon, each with a roaring fire, you will come across some of the finest craftsmen, chefs, florists and makers in Derbyshire, who will be demonstrating a wide and intriguing variety of essential Christmas skills. From baking, wreath-making and floristry to calligraphy and candle-making, you are sure to discover something new. Each day will be different, but each will offer visitors, a joyful, immersive and creative experience, all included in your admission fee. Candlelight Tours will offer a mesmerizing opportunity to discover the Hall in the twilight hours, with only flickering candles and roaring fires to guide your way. 

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Game On at Sudbury Hall

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Explore the decorative walls of Sudbury Hall and get the whole family involved by joining in the Christmas festivities. Play your way around the hall with larger-than-life versions of family favourite board games and expect festive surprises around every corner as you enter the magical world of games in the Sudbury Christmas Compendium. 

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Traditional Christmas at Renishaw Hall

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Journey through the story of Christmas in food, drink and entertainment and get merry at Renishaw Hall this December, indulging in a wonderful array of traditional, seasonal foods and drinks. Enjoy beautiful winter vistas throughout the Hall and superb gardens, or dine in the brand new Café at Renishaw Hall, selecting from their sumptuous winter menu of homemade dishes to a host of delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches, topped off with a glass of award-winning Renishaw Hall sparkling wine. Find the perfect Christmas gifts to take home from local produce, plant sales and a range of the award-winning wines, all making superb presents for family and friends this Christmas.

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A Journey of Scents at Hardwick Hall 

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Let scents and smells ignite festive memories and Christmas sentiment at Hardwick Hall. As flickering lights guide you from room to room, follow your noses and seek out the scents of the festive season. The touch of Christmas will extend to the winter gardens, with natural willow creations and evergreen foliage from the Hardwick estate, including reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. 

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Located in the heart of Derbyshire, The Peacock at Rowsley is your ideal base for discovering the delights of Christmas in the area. Explore our festive menus or book your winter stay in the Peak District. 

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