Preheat oven to 425°.
Add 2 sprigs of thyme, 1 bay leaf, and 1 clove of garlic to each cavity. Place ducklings, breast side up, on a rack. Season with salt and pepper. Place breast side up on a rack. Season with salt and pepper.
Roast at 425° until the temperature of the thigh registers 180°.
Meanwhile, being the chutney. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and saute until softened. Add apple and cook to soften, about 3 minutes more. Add golden raisins, cherries, thyme, lemon zest, water and sugar. Bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring on occasion, until mixture has thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool before serving.
Remove ducklings from oven. Remove to a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes before carving. Serve with Christmas chutney.