You’re Invited To A Christmas Ball At The Downton Abbey Castle

Celebrate a storybook British holiday at Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle
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Downton Abbey” fans, do you miss those days when Lady Mary and Lady Edith argued over everything, and Carson and Mrs. Hughes juggled endless dramas involving the staff? If you’ve got an Earl’s bank account, you too can dine at a glamorous Christmas ball at the English estate where the ITV series was filmed.

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“Downton Abbey” is fictional, of course, but the majestic estate where it was filmed is real. Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, was built in 1679, and sits on a 5,000-acre estate. It’s home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, but the world is invited to a special event there just 10 days before Christmas.

European travel company Premium Tours is offering tickets to a Christmas ball held at Highclere on Dec. 15. They’re not cheap: Tickets are priced at £490 (U.S. $624). But if you have the cash, there will be plenty of goodies offered. The event includes a champagne and canapé reception, dazzling three-course dinner, tours of several rooms with knowledgeable guides, a raffle, Christmas carol performance, and a possible visit from Lord and Lady Carnarvon.

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There’s more good news for “Downton Abbey” fans. Production just wrapped on a big-screen Downton movie, NBC reports, and that film will come to theaters in September 2019. In case you won’t be able to afford this dream jaunt to England, here’s every recipe you’ll need to get you through the holidays.