Chatsworth Illuminations


4th November 2023 - 7th January 2024

Christmas in the Garden at Chatsworth

Enjoy an interactive light and sound trail around the garden from dusk. Pre-booking is essential for all visits. Includes parking.


4th November 2023 - 7th January 2024 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Enjoy an interactive light and sound trail around the Chatsworth Garden featuring some of its best-loved landmarks, including the historic Cascade, Rock Garden and Maze.

The light trail will culminate in a spectacular animated light show that transforms the house into a giant advent calendar with 24 Christmas scenes emerging from 24 windows on the south façade of the house, each scene inspired by the decorations in the house and our extensive collections of art and artefacts.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

Best viewed from dusk | Approximately 1.8km | Allow 45mins to 1hr 30mins

We want everyone to enjoy this walk, there are no steps or stairs on the route and most paths are generally flat and wide. All paths are wide enough for pushchairs and electric wheelchairs. There are several inclines, some paths are a little uneven, and the path narrows in places.

A map of the route will be available soon, but in the meantime, you can view an accessibility map of the garden here, note that the planned route goes up past Flora's Temple, Paxton's Glasshouses and through the Maze, returning via Broad Walk.

Ticket information

This ticket is for access to the garden only, plus parking for one vehicle.

To visit the house, garden and farmyard you will need a Christmas at Chatsworth ticket.

If you have a Christmas in the garden ticket, you may be able to purchase farmyard tickets at the gate on the day of your visit, subject to availability (adults £7, children £7, family of 2 adults and up to 3 children £26).

We offer free admission to carers who are visiting with the person they care for. Please do not include carers when booking your tickets online as they will be given complimentary admission on arrival.

Visits from 4 to 26 November only

If you choose to visit between 4 - 26 November, this ticket includes access to the Christmas market.

The garden will open at 10am, last entry will be at 5pm and the garden will close at 6pm, except on the dates when late-night opening is available (see below).

Visits from 27 November - 7 January only

If you choose to visit between 27 November and 7 January, please note that this ticket will not include access to the Christmas market, as the market closes on 26 November.

From 27 November to 7 January, entry to the garden will only be available from 3pm onwards and you will be asked to choose a time slot when you book your tickets. Last entry will be at 5pm, except on late night openings (see below). Please note that the garden will close one hour after last entry.

Chatsworth Garden is closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.

Please note, during the Christmas market car parking arrangements may be different to what you have previously experienced at Chatsworth.

Late night openings

Last entry to the garden will be 6.45pm on the following dates:

  • 4 November
  • 10 & 11 November
  • 17 & 18 November
  • 24 & 25 November
  • 1 & 2 December
  • 8 & 9 December
  • 15-31 December

Last entry to the garden will be 6pm on the following dates:

  • 5 November
  • 12 November
  • 19 November
  • 26 November

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