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Christmas at the Castle returns

Popular holiday event already sold out

The upstairs foyer at Castle in the Clouds had a "Winter Wonderland" theme by Branch & Bloom of Wolfeboro for Christmas at the Castle. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
November 24, 2021
MOULTONBOROUGH – The rooms of Thomas Plant's mansion are again adorned with sparkling decorations as Christmas at the Castle returns. This year's event is already sold out and people who already have tickets will be able to enjoy an array of festively decorated rooms in the theme of different Christmas carols.

Christmas at the Castle started this weekend and will continue Thanksgiving weekend.

Visitors can tour the Castle and see the many rooms decorated with a variety of merry and bright trees, lights, and other decorations.

"We're really excited to be able to do it again," said Castle Preservation Society executive director Charles Clark.

This year, tickets were limited to allow for social distancing and all tickets sold out about two weeks after they went on sale. Clark said this shows members of the community were looking forward to getting out and doing the event. He said he hopes they'll be able to offer unlimited tickets next year so more people can experience this.

Curator Robin Sherman said they worked with 10 local businesses, who each decorated a different room in the Castle. Branch and Bloom, Décor Fleurish, Great Impressions Staging, Lake Life Realty, Random Gardener, Riverstone Florals & Design, Stark Creative, Steele Hill Resorts, and Zoe Jax Gin Designs, and staff at the Castle itself contributed their decorations.

This year's theme was holiday carols and all the decorators did their rooms based on a different carol. Clark said they brainstorm the themes every year and the organizers decided the carol theme would give the decorators a lot of room for creativity. Decorators in the past had also used carols as inspiration for their rooms.

Sherman said one of the most fun things of the event was seeing how each of the decorators chose their carols and what they did to interpret the theme.

Decorating started right after the Castle closed for the season and went on for over three weeks. Clark said as soon as the Castle closed, the staff started taking down the exhibits and decorations that were up over the summer so Christmas decorations could go up

"It's really exciting, we're so happy to be able to open the house and have guests experience this event," Sherman said. "We really went big this year; I think people will enjoy the decorations."

The event will also feature an artisan fair upstairs in the Carriage House with 20 local artisans selling some handmade creations perfect for holiday gifts. Lunch will be served with a limited menu available. There will also be a holiday photo station and take-home goodies.

"It's a tradition for so many people around the holidays," Clark said.

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