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Raby Castle Christmas

Christmas At Raby Castle

Christmas Opening Times

Change first sentence to - Tearooms, Gift Shop and Christmas Shop, Woodland Play Area – Open daily 10am – 5pm and until 7pm on a Thursday for late opening. No ticket required.

Enchanted Festive Forest - Open daily 10am to 5pm (and late on Thursdays) – tickets can be purchased in the Riding School.

Castle Terrace and Park ticket. Available every day except Monday from 10:30 to 3:30pm. The Castle Terrace and Park tickets can be purchased in the Gift Shop.

The Castle and the Gardens are now closed for winter.

Christmas in the Coach Yard

Raby Castle’s Coach Yard will be filled with festive charm along with the welcoming scent of mulled wine. Enjoy the festive ambience and browse our unique selection of gifts and crafts in the Shops, warm up with some seasonal food and drink in the Tearooms, complete the Elf and Fairy Trail in the Enchanted Festive Forest located indoors in the Riding School and don’t forget to buy your Christmas Tree.

Enchanted Festive Forest

Catering for our younger visitors, the Riding School will this year play host to the Enchanted Festive Forest. Made up of over 100 Christmas Trees which are all lit up and interspersed with winter scenes, visitors will also be able to follow the Elf and Fairy Trail provided by Bright Woods Forest School CIC:

In the deep, glistening Christmas Forest the fairies and elves are getting ready for winter.
Some are sleeping, some are cold, some are girls and some are boys.
Some show signs that Autumn’s passed, some bring the promise of what is to come.
If you’d like to meet them, step into the Enchanted Festive Forest and follow the winding path on a magical adventure.
Greet them gently, make a wish, say goodbye and blow a kiss.

The Fairies and Elves love puzzles. Each of them hides a letter and a number. Match them to discover what word they spell out.

Complete the Trail to receive a special prize and collect a Craft pack which can be completed there (benches and crayons etc. will be provided), or take it home with you.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are available on arrival in the Riding School from the trailer and are priced at £4.50 per child, adults and under ones go free (but will not receive the Trail sheet or Craft pack). No advance booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please dress warmly. Seasonal beverages and snacks for all ages will be available.

Christmas Food and Gift Market

December 8th and 9th from 10am to 4pm

For unique gift ideas and inspiration head to Raby Castle’s Christmas Food and Gift Market which will be packed with seasonal produce and presents for all the family. This is a perfect opportunity to buy stocking fillers, delicious food and drink for your festive guests and to source unusual gifts for friends and family.

Some of Father Christmas' reindeer will be making a special visit to Raby for the two days during the Market, and Elvis (the cheeky) Shetland pony will be helping deliver Christmas trees to your car!

Entry to the Market is FREE.

Christmas in the Gift Shop

Open daily from 10am until 5pm and open until 7pm on Thursdays in December.

The Raby Gift Shop and new for this year Christmas Shop will be stocked with beautiful gifts, handcrafted items and locally made goods in the run up to the festive season.

We will also have available traditional toys and games for children, festive homeware and specially selected Christmas decorations.


Open daily from 10am

Warm up after a winter stroll in the Park or on the Terrace and enjoy hot drinks, seasonal snacks, lunches, cakes, afternoon tea and daily hot specials in the Tearooms, housed in the old stables at Raby Castle.

Our outdoor Chalet will be open for weekends throughout December and will be serving warming mulled wine and other festive treats to take away, or you can enjoy these under our covered canopy area which will provide additional seating. There are heaters but do dress appropriately for warmth.

Christmas Trees

Throughout December (1st to 23rd) Christmas trees, grown locally on the Raby Estate, will be on sale along with a selection of handmade wreaths and decorative foliage. Pick your own tree from an impressive selection of Nordman Fir and Norway Spruce available in the Coach Yard.

Gift Vouchers

If you've enjoyed a visit to Raby Castle recently why not treat someone you know to a Gift Voucher this Christmas so they can discover us too? An annual pass for Raby Castle, Park and Gardens makes a perfect gift too. New and available to purchase now on our website or at our Festive Market.

Special Events

Christmas Craft Workshops

This year we are excited to be introducing a selection of special craft workshops. These will run on selected dates throughout December and must be booked in advance. Workshops include Festive Floral Arrangements and Fresh Holly Wreath Making, Make Your Own Willow Reindeer and other Willow Crafts

Festive Afternoon Tea in the Castle

If you haven't booked your office Christmas lunch yet, why not bring the team to Raby Castle for festive afternoon tea? This promises to be a truly special event in the Grand Entrance Hall beside the roaring fire and huge Christmas tree. PLUS guests can glimpse some of the Castle rooms all decorated for Christmas. Suitable for families, clubs and groups of friends too.

Festive Afternoon Tea will be served in the Grand Entrance Hall on December on Friday 7th, Thursday 13th and Thursday 20th December. Tables will be set for 10 people and can be booked for exclusive use for 8-10 people or you can book for fewer people on shared tables.

or for larger groups and alternate dates contact

Fireside Stories with Father Christmas

Father Christmas will be returning to his fireside chair in the Castle’s beautifully decorated Grand Entrance Hall where children can join him for fun stories and songs and receive a personalised gift.

This event has proved extremely popular and there are now only a few tickets remaining. For more information, to view availability or to purchase tickets please visit our event page.

There are also a few tickets remaining for Breakfast and High Tea with Fireside Stories, so if you like the idea of joining Mrs Claus to enjoy some special family treats why not visit the Events page for more information.


To check dates and availability and to buy tickets for all of our special events, visit

Festive fun continues at High Force Hotel and Waterfall. See their websites for more details.

Raby Castle Opening Times

Castle & Gardens

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 4pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Teamrooms & Shops

Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 4pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

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