Join Tatton in giving Father Christmas the warmest of welcomes!

Tatton Park christmas-lantern-parade-collageis inviting everyone to join them in giving Father Christmas a very special welcome on the evening of Friday November 28 when he’ll be arriving at the Cheshire estate to spend Christmas at Home Farm.

They’re encouraging as many people as possible to come and light his route with lanterns through the twilight parkland......truly magical.

Father Christmas will proceed along a lantern-lit walk to Tatton’s Stableyard where star guests, the farm’s reindeer Prancer and Dancer, will be waiting in anticipation. Children will also be able to post a Christmas wish-list and families can indulge in some Christmas shopping which this year includes a Christmas Gift Fair. The Stables restaurant and Gardener’s Cottage tea room will be open for festive food and drink.

There’s also the opportunity to ‘give a little back’ by donating any unwanted toys to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity, where they will find a very welcome home.

Father Christmas will be arriving just in the nick of time – for he starts four weekends at the farm the following day on Saturday, November 29.  Visitors will be able to meet him and his elves in his grotto where he’ll have a sack full of presents with a gift for all children.

A trip to the farm this Christmas looks set to be a great festive day out for the family. All the farmyard animals are on show and some are the star attractions of the nativity scene. Visitors will be able to meet Prancer and Dancer and follow a festive reindeer trail looking for some fantastic willow weaved reindeer. Lots of other festive activities will be taking place including storytelling by Honor Giles, weaving winter magic with seasonal tales and Aunty Mary keeping warm in the cottage and waiting for Christmas callers to help make handmade decorations to take home. The day will be topped off with live festive music.

Children can learn how to light Santa’s way in a free lantern making workshop in the main Stableyard barn room on Saturday and Sunday November 22 and 23. On the weekends of November 29/30, December 6/7 and 13/14 children can also take part in free festive hat making sessions in the stableyard barn room. Park entry charge applies for both these events.

Events manager, Rachel Morris said: “Christmas at Tatton Park is always a truly magical time of year and our wonderful lantern parade is guaranteed to start the season off with an enchanting evening of sparkle and shimmer!  We are hoping lots of families and friends will welcome Father Christmas and help us celebrate the start of this special season, a truly wonderful time for all ages.” 

  • The Lantern Parade takes place on Friday, November 28 at 6pm.  Free entry to Tatton Park and to the event from 5pm
  • Lantern-making workshops take place on Saturday & Sunday, November 22 and 23, noon – 4pm. Workshop admission free, Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.
  • Festive hat making sessions take place on the weekends of November 29/30, December 6/7 and December 13/14 from noon to 4pm. Free event, park entry charge of £5 per car applies.

Father Christmas at the Farm takes place on the weekends of November 29/30,, December 6/7, 13/14, and 20/21. Times: 11am-4pm, last entry 3pm. Prices: Adult £6, Child £5.  Prices apply to National Trust members. The usual park entry charge of £5 per car applies. All paying children receive a free gift from Father Christmas.

For complete details of our Christmas events please see the Christmas pages.

Welcoming Father Christmas to Tatton Park is just one of over 101 things to do at Tatton Park. This new campaign, launched in April features 101 of the best possible experiences to be enjoyed at Tatton this year. These range from feeding Tatton’s deer their daily breakfast to singing happy birthday with a rare breed pig: watching the Vikings invade Tatton’s Old Hall to escaping in to a New Zealand rain forest.

For further information about this release contact: 

Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department Tel: 01625 374417 / Email:  

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. By 2016/17 it is expected that over 1 million visitors a year will enjoy this experience. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. More information about the vision.