Festive Day Plans: Family Edition

The Peak District has so much to offer at Christmas time, with an incredible array of festive experiences for all to enjoy.

To make your choice a little easier this winter, we’ll compile a series of Christmas day plans tailored to you, beginning with a day of festive family fun at Haddon Hall and beyond. 


Fuel Your Day With Breakfast, Santa and Festive Magic

Morning – Breakfast with Santa at Matlock Farm

Everyone needs a good breakfast to prepare for a full day of festivities, and Santa Claus is no exception. Begin your day at Matlock Farm for a special breakfast with Santa, followed by a special visit to his Christmas grotto, where each child will receive a gift. Wander the farm at your leisure, before travelling to Haddon Hall for an afternoon of festive craft. 

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A Creative Wonderland of Craft and Imagination 

Afternoon – Children’s Craft at Haddon Hall 

This year, creativity lies at the heart of our Christmas celebrations. Watch your child’s eyes light up with inspiration as they explore Haddon Hall in all its festive glory, followed by our

special Children’s Crafts sessions, taking place on the 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December. 

Members of the Haddon educational team shall be found in the medieval kitchens with all sorts of lovely traditional craft ideas and activities for children to make and do. Children under 16 enter Haddon Hall for free, and all are welcome to enjoy a heartwarming Christmas lunch in our stableblock restaurant, with last orders at 3pm. 

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Festive Tomfoolery and Fairytale Lands

Evening – Peak District Pantomimes 

If your festive spirit isn’t quite at its limit, round off the day with a traditional pantomime, or something a little different. Explore a range of Christmas performances below, or find a show near you at www.bigpantoguide.co.uk.

Cinderella – Lyceum Theatre (Sheffield) 

Cinderella – Buxton Opera House (Buxton) 

Jack and The Beanstalk – Pomegranate Theatre (Chesterfield) 

The Snowman (with live orchestra) – The Winding Wheel (Chesterfield)

One Song More Christmas Special! – The Medway Community Centre (Bakewell)


It would be our pleasure to welcome you and your family this December to celebrate the creativity of Christmas. Explore all of our festive events at www.haddonhall.co.uk/events.