Families can discover forgotten festive stories, rituals and traditions from all over the world at a new Christmas event at Tatton Park Gardens.
Yuletide is a unique blend of a magical winter light trail and an outdoor Christmas festival, and runs on selected dates between Friday 24th November until Saturday 23rd December. Tickets are on sale now at www.yuletide.org.uk (£12 for children, £20 for adults and free for under 2s.)
Audiences can immerse themselves in winter stories as they walk the Glittering Trail through Tatton’s famous gardens. There will be lit installations, interactive light effects, illuminated puppets and costumed characters along the route.
At Yuletide they’ll find winter folk tales from around the world brought to life in glittering technicolour. Tales of icy Greek gods, of mischievous gleaming goblins and of an arctic fox who conjures up the northern lights will weave around Tatton Park Gardens. They’ll meet the sun and the moon as they try to escape the clutches of the witch goddess of the North, and the most charming and cheerful of yuletide goats. Enter the sparkling underground world of the Kallikantzaroi goblins, and chant along with Welsh legend Mari Lwyd as visitors meet over a shining snow-covered village.
Families can enjoy reading the wondrous tales of Yuletide in a beautiful keepsake book, adapted and written by local authors. The tales are brought to life with exquisite illustrations, meaning visitors can enjoy the magic of Yuletide over and over again.
The book can be bought here for £10 before the event, or onsite during any visit.
Images are available to download here
Once they’ve walked the magical light trail, audiences are invited to snuggle up round a glowing campfire and listen to more festive tales from master storyteller Ian Douglas. They can also watch live musicians, toast marshmallows and enjoy impressive fire jugglers. There will also be food vendors serving up tasty festive treats and mulled wine.
Yuletide is created by the award-winning outdoor arts organisation Wild Rumpus, who run the popular Just So family festival and have also produced Lanterns at Cheshire Zoo for the past 6 years.
‘We can’t wait to bring Yuletide to Tatton this Christmas!’ says Rowan Cannon, director of Wild Rumpus. ‘We wanted to create something a little bit different for families to experience. There are lots of famous festive stories that we all know, but we wanted to share some lesser-known tales from around the world that are just as magical. We hope that families will be sharing these stories with each other for years as part of their own festive traditions!’
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