Christmas trips to fairy tale castles
Date Posted: 20/10/2015
It’s said to be the most wonderful time of the year and with twinkling lights, winter wonderland-esque colours and over-the-top-decorations, it’s definitely the most beautiful time of the year too.
Warwick Castle, England
Everywhere around the world castles are decorated to their very best for Christmas and we’ve picked out some of the best fairy tale castles really worth travelling for at yuletide.
Set in the picturesque town of York, England, Castle Howard doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Christmas. The whole estate is decorated for the Christmas season and the house itself holds tours in the winter months, including twilight tours to see the house decorated.
Garlands, wreaths, candles and trees adorn the house. Christmas markets take place in the castle’s grounds and children can visit Father Christmas during An Audience with Father Christmas. The Christmas season runs between 19th November and 23rd December in 2016.
Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, France often goes all out for Christmas. The house is known for being decorated with over 8,000 decorations, and this year especially the chateau will even have a ferris wheel in it’s grounds to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vaux le Vicomte. The chateau is only an hour outside of Paris, so although there are no Christmas markets or visits from Father Christmas at the actual estate, there’s always plenty on in the capital.
Warwick Castle, England
Warwick Castle, a hub for seasonal events, hosts banquets and seasonal dinners during winter, from the Great Hall Christmas Ball to Medieval banquets and a New Year’s Eve Ball.
The castle is home to different attractions all year round and in the past has been known to have an ice skating rink in its grounds. Visitors can explore the estate up until Christmas Day and can even book into a festive evening tour to see the castle decorated in all its Christmas glory. The evening tour traditionally includes a hot turkey and stuffing roll, and a glass of mulled wine or hot apple punch.
Bran Castle – which is often dubbed as Dracula’s castle – is the place to be for a more edgy, different type of Christmas, as it’s in Romania. When the time comes, different events are held at the castle to help combine winter rituals from nearby towns Bran and Brasov with traditional Christmas ones. These events include carol singers and visits from Santa, and groups can also book private themed dinners in the castle in December.
Clontarf Castle, Dublin
Clontarf Castle in Dublin caters for group stays and parties a plenty at winter. Over the Christmas season, guests can stay throughout for a number of different events – including a stay over Christmas or simply a lunch at the castle on Christmas day, private party nights, Opera at the Castle and a New Years Eve black tie gala ball. Nearby, the city centre of Dublin has lots on for Christmas too.
Leeds Castle, England, offers a wide variety of events in its grounds at Christmas, including a visit to Father Christmas for the children, a festive floral roadshow and Christmas markets throughout the month of December.
Every year, the castle themes its decorations, to offer something new. The theme for 2015 is Notes from Christmas. Next year’s theme has yet to be announced by the annual festivities will run from 3rd to 23rd December in 2016.
The castle itself has taken on a Notes of Christmas theme for this year’s decorations, meaning a visit to the castle, it's events or simply just a look round will get you into the Christmas spirit either way.
Leeds Christmas market, England
Last but certainly not least, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany is dubbed to be the ultimate fairy tale castle. Set against a perfect backdrop of woodland and snow covered trees, it hasa picture perfect background at winter.
Neuschwanstein is said to have been the inspiration for many castles including the infamous Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland . Although the castle is not host to any seasonal events, the nearby town of Fussen is home to Christmas markets throughout the season, making a visit to the castle a must do.