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Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Release date: Friday, 6 December 2019

Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse ©

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse this Christmas, the Great Gallery features a 15-foot high Christmas tree adorned with shimmering decorations and sparkling lights. Meanwhile, the Great Stair leading to the historic State Apartments is draped with twinkling velvet garlands, glistening berries and seasonal foliage. In the Royal Dining Room, the table is laid 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, 8 and Monday, 9 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.

During the Christmas Celebration Weekend on 14 and 15 December, families visiting the Palace can attend musical performances, short talks, hands-on activities and a family-friendly performance by theatre company Some Kind of Theatre, telling the story of a stubborn pixie trapped in Queen Mary’s Dolls House. On Saturday, 14 December, visitors can enjoy a lunchtime lecture by Louise Cooling, author of A Royal Christmas, exploring the festive traditions of the royal family through the centuries, many of which have influenced the Christmas customs we know and love today.

Throughout the festive season, visitors to the Café at the Palace in the historic Mews courtyard can enjoy homemade mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine or treat themselves to a Christmas-themed afternoon tea.


Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is on from 6 December 2019 - 6 January 2020.

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