Friday 24 November – Sunday 31 December 2017
10am – 6pm
This winter, join us for a truly spectacular Victorian Christmas in the house.
For the first time in 5 years, Harewood House and grounds will open for a special Christmas season. You will be able to explore state rooms and kitchens in the house which will be dressed by Michael Howells, award winning Set Designer from ITV’s Victoria series, which used Harewood House as a major location.
Discover how the Victorians shaped the Christmas traditions which we know and love today including Christmas Dinner, Boxing Day, Christmas carols and present giving. See the house come to life with beautiful decorations which will transport you back in time to the Victorian Christmases of Harewood’s past.
In the state rooms, Michael’s designs will bring a feeling of celebration to the house with lavish Christmas dinners, present giving and trees filling the opulent rooms. Display highlights will include loans from Ilkley Toy Museum including Victorian board games, dolls houses, toy soldiers and rare dolls from the era.
Below stairs in the kitchens, you will be welcomed into the hustle and bustle of life as a servant, as the house prepares the Christmas food. Enjoy the sights and smells of the busy country house kitchens, cooking for this beautiful, festive time of year.
Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity of exploring the award-winning gardens, which are usually closed throughout the winter months.
Please note, the house and grounds are closed on 24th, 25th and 26th December. Last entry times vary in accordance with dusk.
As winter draws in and the days grow shorter, there are different opening times to be aware of:
Pre-booking is advised. This can be done via this link.
Members do not need to pre-book and entry is included with your Harewood membership. If you would like to become a Harewood Member and access this event for free, call 0113 218 1000.
We will be opening the western side of the House including the Gallery, State Dining Room and the Main Library. Below Stairs will also be open including the Old Kitchen and the Pastry Room.
The grounds will also be open including the Bird Garden and Farm Experience. These will close at dusk so please check with the team on exact timings when you visit.
The Adventure Playground will also be open, closing at sunset.
Harewood members are welcome to enjoy the house and grounds at no extra charge. Activities including Fireside Father Christmas and the workshops are charged separately.
It’s a great chance to become a member and to take advantage of this wonderful winter event. If you would like to become a Harewood Member and access this event for free, call 0113 218 1000.
The State Floor of Harewood House offers access via an electric stair lift. Please note, the lift is not suitable for electric wheelchairs. Harewood can provide wheelchairs which can be used, however they are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Below Stairs in the kitchens, there are some stairs which are unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. Some areas are accessible including the Old Kitchen, Still Room and Pastry Room.
Fireside Father Christmas is a separate bookable event for all visitors including Harewood Members. Please follow this link for details.
The gardens are dog friendly and your well behaved, four-legged friends are welcome on leads.
Please be advised that dogs are not allowed in the house, Bird Garden, Farm or Adventure Playground.
For groups of 15 or more, there are some great opportunities to enjoy this festive event. Follow this link for details.