Holiday Magic on the Hilltop at Hearst Castle

What happens behind the scenes at the castle?  Well, decorating such a large house takes a great deal of time and a lot of very talented people. The Hearst Castle staff usually begins working to prepare for the holidays around the second week of November.  Decorations remain up until around the 2nd of January.  There is a small window of time to participate in this magical experience and you do not want to miss an opportunity to see the Castle in its full holiday glory!

A bit of history: Mr. Hearst absolutely loved the 495-12 Christmas season and decorated Hearst Castle in a grand and elaborate fashion. We continuing Mr. Hearst's tradition and the halls of Hearst Castle are decked with 10 Christmas trees, including two 18’ trees in the Assembly Room, scores of lights, poinsettias, wreaths, and a whopping 700 feet of garland.  Breathtaking is an understatement and we encourage you to visit during the month of December. 

Please note: Hearst Castle doesn't offer Christmas-specific tours per se, the entire castle is festive and is reminiscent of how Mr. Hearst would have preferred.  Hearst Castle is closed on December 25.

Jim Allen is the Director of Marketing at Hearst Castle where he feels privileged to be part of the team that preserves and interprets the many facets of the history of Hearst Castle and the life of William Randolph Hearst.

Photos are Courtesy of Hearst Castle®/California State Parks