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Christmas for Schools

Unlock the Magic… It’s after hours, the doors are closed and Harewood House is all a-hush, yet objects stir behind the scenes and Harewood begins to come alive…statues sing, paintings gossip and fairies flutter. Join us at Harewood to discover magical stories and scenes which will spark your pupils’ imaginations and sense of festive wonder.

School Sessions at Christmas

25 November – 20 December

Our Christmas sessions explore the magic of Harewood House and the winter wonderland of its grounds and gardens.  Led by a member of the learning team, sessions are half-day (1.5 hours) for Early Years and full-day (3 hours) for Key Stages 1 and 2.  An indoor lunch room is included as part of the day.  Early Years sessions can be combined for a full-day experience.


Unlock the Magic!

For Key Stage 1 and 2

Characters and stories come alive in this full-day workshop, including a story-telling tour of the House, followed by lantern and puppet-making, using light to bring objects to life.  We’ll explore Harewood’s natural winter wonderland to help with our creations, before enjoying a hot chocolate and a christmas story at the end of the day.

Full-day workshop

£9.00 per pupil (including admission)/ minimum charge £225 per group


Little Christmas Sparkles

For Early Years (3-5 years)

Discover the hidden stories brought to life with film and light amongst the Christmas decorations of Harewood House.  Get busy with crafts and cake-icing followed by Christmas stories, songs and hot chocolate in our magical, winter snug.

1.5 hours

£7.00 per pupil (including admission)/ minimum charge £120 per group

Maximum of 20 pupils per group


Winter Wonders

For Early Years (3-5 years)

Explore winter spices and hoard nuts for hibernation on our winter walk.  We’ll have lots of winter-warming activities outdoors and in our winter snug, using natural objects from pine cones to dried fruit, as well as sparkles and songs.

1.5 hours long

£7.00 per pupil (including admission)/minimum charge £120 per group

Combine ‘Little Christmas Sparkles’ with ‘Winter Wonders’ for a full-day experience (£9 per child/ minimum charge £240 per group)


Self-guided Visits

Bring your group to independently explore Harewood at Christmas time.

Why not book our Curiosity Cabin?  Decorated for Christmas as a winter snug, our cabin is a treasure trove of objects, books and materials to inspire imaginative and child-led play for young learners.

Self-guided visits:  £5 per pupil

Exclusive use of the Curiosity Cabin per day: £30


Teachers’ Twinkling Twilight

Tuesday 10th December, 4.30 – 6.00pm

Teachers deserve a treat too!  Join us at Harewood at Christmas time.  Relax and get into the festive spirit with a glass of wine and a tour of the house with our learning team.

Free.  Places are limited.  Booking essential.

Contact: Kathryn Welford, Learning Manager on learn@harewood.org/ 0113 219 1093 to reserve a place


For more information or to book on any of our Christmas school sessions, contact our Learning Team on learn@harewood.org or phone 0113 2181093.  Alternatively, download a School Enquiry form and return to the email address above and we will contact you to process your booking.