Every year the staff at Chatsworth House (officially the greatest home in the UK to visit, as voted by Blimey!) put on a brilliant Christmas display in the house, and this year is no different. The theme for 2014 is “Alice in Wonderland.”
And the best news – it’s not too late to visit this tour! The Christmas decorations are extended this year until Jan 4 2015. So if you’re reading today (Boxing Day) – head down for a chance to catch this in person from tomorrow.
Fifty-two Christmas trees and 900,000 fairy lights will ensure Chatsworth dazzles with lots of traditional Christmas sparkle. Inside the house, 18 fir trees will be adorned with 6,000 tree ornaments. Preparations for this year’s Christmas started almost a year ago, with the staff at Chatsworth creating most of the wonderful displays and costumes in-house.
Head housekeeper Christine Robinson said: “Teams from the textiles department, carpenters, painters and housekeepers have been working all year to create the individual displays to bring the theme to life. This year, we have a giant rabbit’s burrow for the White Rabbit, costumes for visitors to try on and a magical hall of mirrors as visitors journey with Alice through her dream of a Chatsworth wonderland.”
If you’re reading this out of season – don’t worry, there’s more to come in 2015. Contemporary art, design and collecting have always been intrinsic to Chatsworth. Continuing this tradition, Chatsworth, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, will showcase the best in contemporary chair design with its headline exhibition, Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth, running from 28 March to 23 October 2015.
But let’s begin the tour of Christmas at Chatsworth 2014. This is but a small taste of what’s on offer. You really have to see this in person to get the full experience: