Christmas Traditions Come at a Price

There is a Christmas Eve dinner dance and transportation to midnight mass at Guard's Chapel, Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace.

On Christmas Day, there's a full breakfast, traditional six-course lunch (with timeout for the Queen's Christmas address) and entertainment from a caricaturist. Then Father Christmas arrives and then, later, dinner.

On Boxing Day there's breakfast and lunch.

The price of nearly $4,000 for a deluxe room doesn't include the theater tickets.

Back at Lucknam Park, where a Christmas break reservation is difficult to get, the three-day holiday begins with a traditional English tea on Christmas Eve, followed a bit later by champagne in the library while listening to carols sung by the choir of the local church.

That is followed by a multi-course dinner, and the day finishes with midnight mass in a historic stone church in the nearby village of Colerne.

On Christmas Day, there is breakfast, Father Christmas and a traditional lunch with everything from turkey to roast beef. A scavenger hunt is followed by a light dinner.

On Boxing Day there is shooting, horseback riding, swimming and other activities followed by a black-tie dinner dance.

The cost? About $4,750 with the British pound at nearly $1.90. Wine, by the way, is not included.

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