Christmas at the Castle

Visitors and live interpreters during the Hillsborough Castle Christmas celebrations in 2017

Join us for live music, festive food, family workshops, choral concerts and Christmas ghost stories this November and December at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Meet the Victorian household of Lord & Lady Arthur Hill, the Tower of London's famous Yeoman Warders, Lucy Worsley and, of course, Father Christmas as you explore Northern Ireland's royal residence.

Included in your castle tour

Experience Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens with these festive additions, all included in your castle tour ticket.

Visitors and live interpreters during the Hillsborough Castle Christmas celebrations in 2017
Families Tours and talks

Join the household as they prepare for a festive bazaar and plan their musical entertainment in 1895.

28 November to 23 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-16:00

Visitors and live interpreters during the Hillsborough Castle Christmas celebrations in 2017
Families Tours and talks

Between Christmas and Twelfth Night the world turns topsy-turvy as the old year makes way for the new!

27-30 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-16:00

Talks and special events

Make the most of your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens with our season of Christmas-themed events.

Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, speaks at a reception
Events

Historic Royal Palaces' Chief Curator and TV Presenter Lucy Worsley will guide you through the life of Queen Victoria.

30 November 2018

Hillsborough Castle

19:30

20 members of the choral group Cappella Carciliana stand in front of the State Entrance to Hillsborough Castle. The stone pillars and Georgian windows of the castle are visible in the background. The gentlemen wear a black suit and tie whilst the ladies in the group wear green ballgown dress.
Events

Because there's nothing more magical than carols in a castle dressed for Christmas.

01 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

19:45-22:00

Paper cut sparrow
Events

Join artist Emma Davison to create an intricate paper cut artwork of your own in this adult masterclass.

02 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-13:00

Food historian Marc Meltonville tells visitors about the invention of Christmas.
Tours and talks

Discover the origins of Christmas while sampling Victorian food, drink and music on this special festive tour of the house.

07 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

First tour 18:45, Second tour 19:45

Victorian-style wreath hanging on a tree in the gardens at Hillsborough Castle
Events

Create a seasonal Victorian wreath using foliage from the castle grounds with resident florist, Lorna Brownlee.

15 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-12:00

Moss Walk at Hillsborough Castle in the snow
Events

Join acclaimed actor Ian McElhinney for a special candle-lit reading of spooky stories in the atmospheric Throne Room.

28 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

19:00

Man and woman couple walking towards State Entrance door of Hillsborough Castle

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