Christmas at Haddon Hall


Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a young Duke who lived at Haddon Hall, who decided to mount his horse and ride away far from his Derbyshire Home.  He took with him his family and household and locked the great door. For three hundred years the Hall was quiet, waiting for him to return.  Ivy soon climbed its walls and the woods around it crept closer.  As the years passed, a great spell of silence and slumber took over the hall.  It was as if it had been enchanted, a fairy tale castle lost in time, waiting to be re-awoken.

But the Hall had not been forgotten.  There were those that knew of it and remembered it, and they did not call it Haddon Hall, they called it 'The Sleeping Beauty'.

In honour of Haddon's story and heritage, we proudly invite you, your family, children and friends to join us for this year's Christmas festivities and celebrations of 'Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales'.  Come and be delighted by the fairy tales of old and let the magic of Christmas take hold . . . 



. . . you cannot know who you may find within the depths of the Hall . . .


. . . who has been busy . . . 


. . . or who has been there before you . . . 


To view a copy of our Christmas 2018 Leaflet please click here.

Christmas Music at Haddon

At Christmas, Haddon takes pleasure in inviting singers and performers from our local communities to  join us and perform.  Each day this Christmas, there shall be a  musical recital held in front of the great fire within the Banqueting Hall, which shall bring great joy and delight to us all.  Performances are held twice a day at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, allowing viistors to enjoy lunch or tea, before or after, or both!  There will be some limited seating available.  For further details of our performances, please see the schedule on our Special Events page.

Candlelight Tours

Once again this year we are offering our wonderful Candlelight Tours. Visitors are invited to  enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie before walking the Hall with our knowledgeable guides when it is at its most atmospheric. Haddon comes alive with Christmas spirit by candlelight, so join us for a special treat and take in the beauty of the rooms dressed for the festive season, during twilight hours. This year you can join tours at half hourly intervals between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on the evenings of December 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th.  In addition, on selected evenings you can make your evening extra special by combining your tour with a delicious seasonal meal in Haddon Restaurant.  You can select from either the 6:00pm or 8:00pm tour to combine with a meal at 7:00pm on the evenings of 7th, 8th, 13th or 19th of December.  

Please note that booking is essential for these events and must be made online by following the links below:

To book for a Candlelight Tour at £29:00 per person please click here.

To book for a Candlelight Tour and Dinner in the Haddon Restaurant at £49:75 per person please book here.



The Haddon Restaurant will also be open for Christmas, serving a seasonal menu designed to showcase the best of local produce. For more information about eating at Haddon over the Christmas period please click here.

Please note that the gardens may not be open at Christmas depending on weather conditions.