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Celebrate Christmas at Killerton with The Nutcracker

PUBLISHED: 11:11 10 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:11 10 November 2014

PICTURES BY STEVEN HAYWOOD - Its beginning to feel alot like Christmas at Killerton House at the start of this advent with decorations being hung by volunteers - Megan Barker aged 8 from Somerset puts the finishing touch to Rudolph.

PICTURES BY STEVEN HAYWOOD - Its beginning to feel alot like Christmas at Killerton House at the start of this advent with decorations being hung by volunteers - Megan Barker aged 8 from Somerset puts the finishing touch to Rudolph.

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This year the National Trust's Killerton estate is celebrating Christmas by transforming the beautiful house into a magical wonderland.

PICTURES BY STEVEN HAYWOOD - Its beginning to feel alot like Christmas at Killerton House at the start of this advent with decorations being hung by volunteers - Megan Barker aged 8 piles the Chritmas presents high under the tree!PICTURES BY STEVEN HAYWOOD - Its beginning to feel alot like Christmas at Killerton House at the start of this advent with decorations being hung by volunteers - Megan Barker aged 8 piles the Chritmas presents high under the tree!

Visitors will be taken on a wintry journey through the festive Nutcracker story.

Elaborate displays and twinkling lights decorate each room to reveal E.T.A Hoffman’s classic fairy tale and reflect the countries from the story.

These decorations were made by groups of volunteers to embellish the National Trust property near Broadclyst during the Christmas season.

Bryony Wilde, Visitor Services Officer, said: “We can’t wait for Christmas at Killerton this year and we’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors to experience Christmas magic with us. Bring the family along and feel festive in the transformed, Nutcracker-themed house and explore our dazzling parkland”.

PICTURES BY STEVEN HAYWOOD - Its beginning to feel alot like Christmas at Killerton House at the start of this advent with decorations being hung by volunteers - Valerie Faulkner, Caroline Storey & Nikki Harris Show young Megan Barker how to decorate a beautiful hearthPICTURES BY STEVEN HAYWOOD - Its beginning to feel alot like Christmas at Killerton House at the start of this advent with decorations being hung by volunteers - Valerie Faulkner, Caroline Storey & Nikki Harris Show young Megan Barker how to decorate a beautiful hearth

Outside the house is also full of magic as the parkland is lit up with Christmas lights and willow reindeer can be seen grazing on the grass. As well as this, the Nature of Fashion costumes will be exhibited upstairs along with displays inspired by the Land of Flowers.

In the restaurant enjoy mince pies and hot chocolate among other seasonal delights. There are also three special Dine Out evenings on 3, 10 and 17 December that treat visitors to a beautiful meal. Stay late on Fridays and Saturdays during December as the estate stays open until 6pm to help you enjoy the night-time magic.

Local Christmas trees are available from the plant centre and brilliant gifts from the shop. On top of all this the Christmas Farmers’ Market offers enticing local produce on Saturday 20 December. So fall in love with Killerton this Christmas.

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