This review about Christmas at Castle Howard is by Mammy Flynn who writes a blog called Fun with the Family which you can read by clicking here.
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A couple of years ago, it was recommended to me by a good friend that we pay a visit to Castle Howard near York at Christmastime. We have been to Castle Howard numerous times, it is a wonderful place and the gardens are superb, we have enjoyed many a visit including taking our dogs which are allowed in the grounds which cover 1000 acres.
There followed a magical time full of stories and fun, with plenty of audience participation and the kids just loved it, he is an amazing Father Christmas, definitely one of the best I have seen (and I have seen many now!). He kept the crowd, young and old, entertained and some of the children’s answers to his questions were hilarious. As if by magic, Father Christmas knows each childs name and age and all the gifts are age appropriate and of very high quality. The Festive Wizard helps Sant by calling out the children’s names and they come forward to collect their gift and a hug. Afterwards there is plenty of time for photographs and a chat with Father Christmas but then he must be on his way back to his workshop.
It was a lovely, cosy, old fashioned festive experience and I was actually moved to tears watching the delight on my children’s and goddaughter’s faces.
Entrance to the house is included in the price and there was trail for the children to follow which when they completed they were awarded with a chocolate treat.