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Here’s how you can celebrate the holiday season at Craigdarroch Castle this year

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Who doesn’t want to spend the holidays wandering around a decorated castle?

Step back in time and discover the spirit of an old Victorian Christmas when you visit Craigdarroch Castle this holiday season!

Dressed to impress, the entire expanse of the impressive Castle will be adorned in festive cheer beginning Friday, December 1st and you’re invited to enjoy the splendour. 

Additionally, they’ll be offering showings of A Christmas Carol, performed by actor Jason Stevens on select dates throughout the month of December. 

“This is a wonderful year to include a visit to Craigdarroch Castle in your holiday plans,” says John Hughes, Craigdarroch Castle’s executive director.  

“We look forward to welcoming guests for self-guided tours throughout December, as well celebrating the tenth anniversary of one of our favourite holiday traditions, A Christmas Carol.”

Stevens’ one-man show has been dubbed “a timeless Christmas experience” and has sold out many shows! 

Showtimes for A Christmas Carol are December 13th to 16th and the 20th to the 23rd—performed at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and recommended for ages 13 and up.

Tickets cost $30 and have to be purchased in advance. You can do so by calling 250-592-5323 or visiting the Castle Visitor Centre.

 Keep in mind that for shows beginning at 6 p.m., the doors will open at 5:45 p.m., and the 8 p.m. show doors will open at 7:45 p.m.—seating is first come, first served.

Further, on December 31st at 1 p.m., Craigdarroch Castle will be hosting beloved Victoria Celtic band, Cookeilidh!

They’ll be playing festive favourites from nostalgic, traditional carols, to whimsical, modern day tunes of the season, sure to leave guests filled with the holiday spirit.

Admission to their performance is included with your self-guided tour ticket!

For anyone concerned about accessibility, the Castle has a beautiful oak staircase containing 87 stairs to the 4th floor ballroom, and there is neither an elevator nor ramps.

Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

  • Where: 1050 Joan Crescent
  • When: Holiday decorations are up from December 1st until the end of the season
    • A Christmas Carol showings: December 13th to 16th and 20th to 23rd—6 p.m. (doors at 5:45 p.m.) and 8 p.m. (doors at 7:45 p.m.)
    • Cookeilidh performance: December 31st at 1 p.m.—admission included in general admission ticket

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