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Christmas At Downton Abbey Sounds Like A Jolly Good Time

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | August 06, 2015

Christmas At Downton Abbey Sounds Like A Jolly Good Time

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It’s never too early to begin thinking about the holidays. Well, it’s not if you plan on making it a very merry “Downton Abbey” Christmas.

The Los Angeles Times’ Rosemary McClure reports on a fantastic aristocratic getaway for fans of the hit PBS show.

The trip includes the frivolity and mirth of the season as well as trips to neighboring landmarks away from the now-iconic Highclere Castle.

The trip is organized by Keytours Vacations and takes place starting on Dec. 7, following a spirited itinerary that begins in London but features a trip to the place that has housed more drama than you can shake a cricket bat.

Day 6 of the trip is particularly inviting: “An afternoon transfer to Victoria Coach Station to depart for Highclere Castle, the setting of Downton Abbey, to attend the Christmas Ball. Champagne and canapés, a three course meal complete with Christmas crackers, a free raffle and carol singing.”

As we have covered in the past, Highclere Castle has embraced “Downton Abbey” fandom with various tours and packages for show faithful.

TravelPulse’s James Ruggia offered ways to see the luxurious landmark despite the immense influx of tourists.

Ruggia warns, “It’s getting ever more difficult to get into the home of the Crawleys these days even now that the show's fifth season has come and gone. Certain tour operators are offering an insider’s way to get in despite the fact that pre-booked tickets to Highclere are sold out for 2015.”

Or, you could just take a virtual tour of the place with Lady Carnarvon below:

As with a great many of these tours, openings will fill up. So consider yourself lucky if you snag a seat on the posh holiday that will also feature stops in London, Stonehenge and Bath.

And remember to bring your most loyal footman.

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