Christ­mas crack­ers

From tra­di­tional pan­tos and car­ols by can­dle­light to pop-up win­ter bars and a disco in an igloo, Rachel Dixon rounds up dozens of sparkling fes­tive events across the UK

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Im­mer­sive theatre

En­chanted Parks is an an­nual after-dark the­atri­cal event in Saltwell Park in Gateshead (pic­tured, £9.50 adults, £4.50 chil­dren, 4-9 Dec, new­castle­gateshead.com). This year’s pro­duc­tion is The House of Lost and Found, telling the story of a trav­el­ling fair through per­for­mance, light, sound, fire – and a few sur­prises. There is also a hawker’s mar­ket, craft fair and pop-up shop by the Baltic Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art.

A Christ­mas Carol is an im­mer­sive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Sh­effield (from £37.24, un­til 16 Dec, the­atre­deli.co.uk). The pro­duc­tion in­cludes a twocourse meal, par­lour games and Christ­mas songs.

Deck the halls

Stately homes dec­o­rated in fairy­tale themes this year in­clude Had­don Hall in Der­byshire, with rooms rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent scenes from Sleep­ing Beauty and Other Tales (£15.75, un­der-16s free, had­don­hall.co.uk). Com­mu­nity choirs per­form twice a day and there are can­dlelit tours in the evening. The dec­o­ra­tions at Chatsworth House, also in Der­byshire (£25/£15, £69 for fam­ily of five, chatsworth. org), are in­spired by a mix of fairy­tales and more re­cent sto­ries, in­clud­ing James and the Gi­ant Peach. Blen­heim Palace in Ox­ford­shire (pic­tured, £27/£15.50, £65.50 fam­ily of four) has been turned into Cin­derella’s story; there is also a light trail and Christ­mas mar­ket.

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