Have yourself a Merry Rutland Christmas!

As the grass begins turn a beautiful glistening white, the leaves start to crunch under your feet and the robins take centre stage, it’s the ideal time to explore the beauty of Rutland by getting out and about to experience the county in its festive form. Discover Rutland have a dedicated web page to all that’s happening across Rutland this festive season, providing details of events as well as gift inspiration! Below we have compiled a list of some festive favourites taking place this year.

Rockingham Castle’s Victorian Christmas

Candle lit trees, roaring fires and magnificent period costume – enjoy festive magic with a Victorian twist at Rockingham Castle. You will be transported back to Christmas Eve in 1849, to the reign of Queen Victoria, as the Watson family gather for their traditional Christmas celebrations. Delicious homemade, locally sourced, Christmas dishes for lunch and dinner will also be available in the Walker’s House Restaurant, ranging from full festive meals to warming bowls of soup, mulled wine and mince pies. The Castle Gift Shop will also be filled with a selection of Christmas gifts for friends and family, as well as rare and limited-edition decorations for you to recreate the feel of a Victorian Christmas in your own home.

Date: 25th-28th November & 2nd-5th December 11am-5pm.

Adults: £12.50
Senior: £11.50
Child (4-16): £7.50
Child (0-3): £2
Includes a Victorian guided tour, entry to grounds, tea room and gift shop.

Tickets: All tickets must be pre-booked in advance of your visit. Book tickets, here: https://tickets.tygit.com/shop/groups/pk/36e27ccaaba408acd7fb986e8eb090c0

Burghley Christmas Fair

The Burghley Christmas Fair returns – and it’s bigger and better than ever! Wander amongst the decorative chalets, marquees and stalls from a selection of fantastic exhibitors offering everything from luxury gifts, artisan foods, festive treats, winter clothing and much more.

Date: 25th-28th November 9:30am-4pm.

Admission: £5
Under 18’s: FREE

Tickets: Half an hour entry time slot sessions will be in operation between 9:30am-4pm. Book your time slot, here: https://online1.venpos.net/site/ShowPage.aspx?LID=262&PID=d7da4c6f-0e89-4d1e-8fbd-031bee14a3ee

Christmas at Belvoir

  • Regency Christmas: Experience the magic of a colourful Regency Christmas, crafted by award-winning interior designer, Charlotte Lloyd-Webber, in one of the finest surviving examples of Regency architecture to be found anywhere in the world. Step back in time as you travel through the exquisitely styled state rooms of the Castle, each adorned with trees, lights and dramatic festive displays.

Date: 15th November – 2nd January


Child (4-13): £12

Adult (16+): £21

Family ticket: £62

Tickets: Book tickets, here: https://belvoirchristmas.com/events/regency-christmas/

  • Enlightened Belvoir Light Trail: Brand new for 2021, Belvoir Castle are partnering with Enlightened to bring a 1.3km light trail which will be illuminating the beauty of Belvoir Castle this winter. It’s a breathtaking experience which will include talking trees, interactive stepping stones, a wishing tree area and much more.
    Date: 26th November – 1st January

  • Regency Father Christmas: Access to see Father Christmas in his Regency grotto at the castle is only available with the purchase of Regency Christmas tickets.
    Date: November 27th and 28th and December 4th, 5th, 12, and 20th -23rd

Festive Afternoon Tea with Santa

Head down to Rutland Hall Hotel and Spa for a truly magical Christmas themed afternoon tea for adults and children with homemade taste bud teasers including sandwiches, cakes and scones. Arrive from 3pm to play crazy gold with Santa but remember to wrap up warm as Golf is outside! There will also be a photo opportunity with Santa! Afternoon tea will then be served in the restaurant from 4pm with the cheeky Elves with Christmas colouring activities being supplied for each table.

Date: 18th – 23rd December. 3pm-5pm.

Adult: £25
Child: £15
Under 2’s: FREE

Tickets: Advanced booking is essential and payment to be made on booking please. Call 01572494593 or email [email protected].


Late night shopping in Uppingham

Visit Uppingham on Thursday 2nd December 5.30-9pm and enjoy this late night shopping event in our picturesque market town at Christmas time. As well as the fabulous shops being open til 9, there will be live music, market stalls, Santa and lots more!

The first Thursday of each December is the local celebration of Christmas. It’s a family event with lots of food and wine, festive spirit and late night shopping, in the beautiful market town of Uppingham, in Rutland.

Date: 2nd December 5:30pm-9pm

Late night shopping in Oakham

Come and get into the Festive Spirit this Christmas with the Oakham Late Night Shopping event. There is so much to see and do. The Victoria Hall, Oakham Castle and the High Street will be packed with stalls offering local produce and beautiful gift ideas for Christmas. Plus fun fair rides and entertainments!

Date: 13th December, 4pm -9pm.