Wish Upon a Frozen Star

Christmas Event


Join us for something truly magical in the Gardens of Castle Howard this Winter.

'Wish Upon A Frozen Star'
Jack Frost has cast an icy spell and turned the Walled Gardens into a beautiful winter wonderland. As twilight falls, journey through this enchanted world lit up by festive illuminations and immersive soundscapes. The only way to thaw the frosty spell and bring good cheer back in time for Christmas is to make a wish under Yorkshire’s starry skies and step out into a golden landscape of warmth, joy and wonder.

Your journey will climax with an epic story, projected as a light show onto the iconic facade of the House. Will the trees be decked this year? Will the band strike up and the dancing in the Great Hall begin? And most importantly, will Father Christmas make it in time to save Christmas?

We will have a range of artisan food and drink vans along the light trail route so that you can enjoy a full evening out. Plus a Christmas shopping outlet with decorations and gifts available.

Experience a festive evening like no other as we take to the great outdoors this Christmas season to produce a spectacular lighting extravaganza for all ages to enjoy.

his year, instead of Christmas being designed by our fantastic in-house team, we will be working with a partner company, ‘The Projection Studio’ led by Ross Ashton & Karen Monid, who will bring their expertise of delivering magical illuminated outdoor events to Castle Howard. Ross is an acclaimed projection designer, whose work is known to be exhilarating and thought provoking. Karen is an audio artist and designer; whose layers of sounds enrich the whole sensory experience. They have created many spectacular installations around the world, from Northern Lights at York Minster, to Buckingham Palace and the famous Edinburgh Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

We are delighted that Leeds based theatre company ‘tutti frutti productions’ will be working with the creative lighting and sound team to bring to life the characters you’ll discover as you adventure through the light trail. On your journey though Jack Frost’s frozen kingdom you’ll meet the live action animals who have fallen foul of the icy spell and who will need you to wish for Christmas and warmth to return to their world. The animal characters will interact with audiences on the walk through the Walled Gardens, in a socially distanced way, both keeping the flow of visitors moving and telling some magical and humorous stories along the way. The live action will be written by Olivier Award Winning playwright, Mike Kenny and directed by tutti frutti’s Artistic Director Wendy Harris, with Costumes Designed by Catherine Chapman.


28/11/2020 - 31/12/2020

Opening Hours

Sun 16:00 21:00
Mon 16:00 21:00
Tue 16:00 21:00
Wed 16:00 21:00
Thu 16:00 21:00
Fri 16:00 21:00
Sat 16:00 21:00

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