Family Festivities

at Holdenby House

Our family invites yours to enjoy Christmas festivities at Holdenby House

Saturday 2nd December
Sunday 3rd December

Event open daily - 10am to 8pm

Grotto open daily - 10am to 2.30pm / 3pm to 8pm

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About This Event


Visit Family Festivities at Holdenby House and experience a traditional Christmas at this stunning Elizabethan family home. Children will also have the opportunity to visit Santa’s magical Grotto.

Family Festivities gives you a glimpse into what traditional life at Holdenby House was like as the family prepared for Christmas in the 16th Century. Tickets include a visit to the kitchen, complete with housekeepers and maids in costume, to make holly wreaths, spice sachets and salt dough ornaments. There will also be games and dances taking place in the ballroom. The house will be fully decorated for Christmas in the traditional style. 

The outdoor courtyards of Holdenby House will play host to a mini Christmas market, our beautifully decorated tea room, food vendors and mulled wine, plus lots of free children’s activities including letter writing, face painting, a wishing tree and tractor ‘sleigh’ rides.

Grotto tickets are purchased separately from General Admission tickets and additional craft activities will also be available to purchase / join on the day. Ticketing details are below


Join us between 10am and 8pm on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2023.

Santa’s Grotto timings are:

10am to 2.30pm
3pm to 8pm

Guests are required to select a time slot when purchasing Grotto tickets. Children will visit the grotto in small groups of 10.


Under 18s are free to enter Family Festivities at Holdenby House, as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. Adults are free to enter the Grotto, as long as they are accompanying a child with a Grotto ticket. Due to limited capacity, only two adults per child are allowed within the Grotto. Babes in arms (under 1 year) and Carers (ID required) are both free to attend the event and Grotto and do not require a ticket.


Holdenby House
Holdenby Road, Northampton, NN6 8DJ

Ticket Options


What does my General Admission ticket include?

Your General Admission ticket includes entry to the event, Christmas market square and food court, activities in the Holdenby House kitchen and ballroom, Santa letter writing, wishing tree, face painting and tractor ‘sleigh’ ride. 

Adult (18 years +) – £9
Child (under 18 years) – Free
Babes in arms (under 1 year) – Free
Carers (ID required) – Free (no ticket required)


What does my child's Grotto ticket include?

Your child’s Grotto ticket includes all General Admission ticket activities, plus a visit to Santa’s grotto, a gift and a ‘Nice List’ Certificate per child. Children will visit the grotto in small groups of 10.

Child (under 18 years) – £18.50
Adult – (18 years +) – Free. Adults must have a General Admission ticket to enter the Grotto. One adult per child.
Babes in arms (under 1 year) – Free
Carers (ID required) – Free (no ticket required)

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At a Glance

Come visit us from 10am to 8pm daily
Babies under 1yr attend for free
No dogs permitted
Ample free parking
Indoor and outdoor

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