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Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Release date: Friday, 1 December 2017

The Palace of Holyroodhouse has had a festive makeover to celebrate the Christmas season. Until 5 January, visitors to Her Majesty The Queen's official Scottish residence will see the Palace decked inside and out with magnificent Christmas trees and twinkling garlands and wreaths.

This year's Christmas display draws on the baroque architecture of the Palace itself, taking inspiration from the ornate garlands of fruits and flowers that can be seen on the 17th-century plasterwork ceilings.  In the Great Gallery a 15-foot-high Christmas tree is decked in white and silver, whilst in the Royal Dining Room the table has been laid for Christmas with pieces from a silver service presented to George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their Silver Jubilee, and decorated with flowers, wreaths and spires of faux candied sugared fruits. 

On Sunday, 10 December, a Festive Family Day will include a Christmas present trail, a family ceilidh, fancy-dress and face-painting, decoration-making workshops, and storytelling around the fireplace in the Palace's Great Gallery.

On Monday, 11 and Tuesday, 12 December, the Scottish Vocal Ensemble will provide an evening of Christmas carols and seasonal music in the splendour of the Great Gallery. Tickets include a glass of wine, a mince pie and a 20% discount in the Palace shop.

Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is from 1 December 2017 to 5 January 2018.

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