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Upon a Christmas Wish

Delve into a voyage of the imagination this festive season, as Harewood recounts a Christmas tale and the House reveals its magic to all those in need of whimsical wonder …

Christmas is back and Harewood House has much missed the company of visitors from far and wide. Created by connoisseurs of make-believe Lord Whitney, the House shares its favourite memory of when a little girl was granted a festive wish to experience a Christmas like no other.

Never predictable or ordinary, join us in escaping into an immersive Christmas story across the State Floor and Below Stairs. Walk through beautifully decorated festive rooms, guided by the House itself, to relive the story of that magical night. With theatrical Christmas sets, starlit rooms, shadows dancing on the walls, moving set-pieces, poetic narration and a cinematic soundtrack, this Christmas at Harewood is not to be missed.


Upon a Christmas Wish: Creative Team

Concept + Creation
Lord Whitney

Writing + Narration
Toby Thompson

Sound Design

Scenic Painting
Zoe Spowage

Proud Fox Creative


About Lord Whitney

Lord Whitney are an innovative artist-led studio creating immersive experiences, performances and spaces that spark wonder and inspire curiosity. Using skilful storytelling, mind-blowing design and a deep understanding of people, Lord Whitney work from concept to production to deliver experiences that challenge perceptions, defy convention, and embrace the strange.

The Leeds based studio creates ethereal cinematic worlds, including local ventures ‘Seeds of Hope’ (Harewood House) and ‘The Wood Beneath the World’ (Leeds Town Hall), to (inter)national collaborations from Netflix to Nicki Minaj.

Returning to Harewood House following the success of multi-sensory installation ‘Seeds of Hope’, Lord Whitney bring their brand of cinematic fantasy to Harewood House this winter. Inspired by the idea that escapism can act as a tool for healing and connecting back to our own imaginations, Lord Whitney sees the creation of fantastical worlds as an opportunity to provide gentle intervention against the anxiety of the everyday. The joy of immersing in a great story can be transformative and healing, and is an art-form that crosses generations in inspiring wonder.


Your Visit

For 2021, you will need to book a timed ticket slot for Upon a Christmas Wish. Upon booking your tickets, you will be required to select a time slot for entry into the House. Day tickets for Members and non-Member will need to be booked / purchased online. Click here to book now >>

Timed ticket slots are set at one hour intervals.

Christmas at Harewood is FREE for Harewood Members, but you will still need to book your timed entry slot. You can find out more about membership here >>


Prams and strollers not permitted in the House

Please note that as usual, prams and strollers are not allowed in the House because of the risk to our historic floors, carpets and furniture. Please leave prams and strollers in your car whilst you are visiting the House; any prams left elsewhere are left at your own risk.