Evening Tours, Champagne, Canapés and Carols 15-16 Dec 2023

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon
welcome you to a festive evening of

Evening Tours, Champagne,
Canapés and Carols

Both these two evenings are sold out however, if you are a Friend of Highclere there are  two weekend days (Dec 10 or 16th) to join both myself and Santa Claus for  tours, tea and a photograph by the spectacular tree

Dates: Friday 15th & Saturday 16th December 2023 (The information below is now for information for those with tickets only)

5:30pm to 8:00pm

Suits/Cocktail Dress

Adult:  £175

Disabled:  £175

Carer:   £125

Enjoy Champagne and Canapés throughout this festive evening, as you tour the decorated Castle inspired as ever by Highclere's rich and varied history.

Explore the State Rooms, climb the Oak Staircase to the Bedrooms and discover our Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars. 

We will have a variety of Canapés to suit all tastes, including Vegetarian options served throughout the evening.

(Please note, we cannot guarantee that our products are either dairy free or nut free. We are unable to accommodate additional dietary requests for this event).

Our Christmas traditions owe so much to the Victorian era; from the decorations, carols and Father Christmas to the cards we send and presents we give to family and friends.

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are delighted to welcome you to Highclere or “Downton Abbey” as you may well call it, to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.


Join us on a festive winter evening, and see the floodlit Castle as you enter the park. Make your way past the twinkling trees lighting the drive, before escaping the wintery weather as you are welcomed into the Saloon with the log fire burning.

A beautiful Christmas garland winds its way down the bannisters of the Oak Staircase and, of course, we will have our grand decorated tree taking pride of place. It really is a beautiful setting for a magical evening.

At the end of the evening enjoy a special performance by carol singers on the Oak Staircase. Gather to listen and sing along to mark the beginning of  Christmas. There will even be a chance to shop in our Gift Shop as you stock up for last minute gifts!

Your ticket includes a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's book  ‘Christmas at Highclere’. Please remember to collect these before you depart, as these cannot be posted out if forgotten.

Please note, this event is for over 18s only.

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