Raby Castle

Christmas celebrations at County Durham’s Raby Castle will include afternoon teas, real reindeer and a festive market.

Visitors to Raby Castle can experience the castle at Christmas with an exclusive afternoon tea event which will be hosted in the Grand Entrance Hall where the roaring fire and huge tree will recreate the festive atmosphere of days gone by. 

There will also be a chance to get a glimpse at some of the castle rooms all decorated for Christmas during your afternoon tea package, which is suitable for group bookings.

What else can be expected at Raby Castle this Christmas? 

Christmas at Raby Castle will include appearances by Santa’s real reindeer, Elvis the Shetland pony and for younger group members there will be the opportunity to enjoy breakfast pancakes cooked to Mrs Claus’s special recipe before joining Father Christmas for fireside stories. 

The Raby Gift Shop will be brimming with unusual gifts and festive decorations in the run up to the festive season and will be open daily from 9am along with the Tearooms, which will be serving seasonal snacks, lunches, cakes and festive afternoon tea. 

A Christmas shopping event will be hosted in early November too, for those wanting their gifts and decorations to reflect the castle.

Throughout December, Christmas trees grown locally on the Raby Estate will be on sale along with a selection of handmade wreaths and decorative foliage. 

Christmas craft workshops, bookable in advance, will run on selected dates throughout December and will include wreath making, willow crafts and willow reindeer making. 

A Christmas market will take place on 8th and 9th December with market stalls, crafts, activities and real reindeer for the children to see.

For more information, visit www.rabycastle.com.