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Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse in the snow.
Palace of Holyroodhouse in the snow. Peter Stubbs

Map & directions

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come first-serve basis.

By train

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15 minute walk from the station.  

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Palace is a 20 minute walk from the stop.

Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus number 35 stops near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.

By bike

A free-to-use public bicycle rack is located opposite the Scottish Parliament.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Next event: Saturday, 9 Dec 2023
    Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Thursday, 23 Nov 2023 - Monday, 1 Jan 2024)
    Excl dates: Monday, 25 Dec 2023, Tuesday, 26 Dec 2023, Wednesday, 27 Dec 2023
  • Christmas displays are included in standard admission to the Palace.
  • Adults, Children / Families

Step into Christmas and 900 years of royal history at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse ©

This winter the Palace will be transformed with Christmas decorations including magnificiently decorated trees in the Throne Room and Great Gallery, adorned with shimmering decorations and sparkling lights, while the Great Stair leading to the historic State Apartments will be draped with twinkling velvet garlands, vibrant berries and seasonal foliage.

A Christmas tree at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

A Christmas tree at the Palace of Holyroodhouse ©

Festive events for adults

Christmas Evening Tours of the Palace are available on selected dates. Visitors will enjoy a private after-hours tour of the State Apartments, culminating in a glass of champagne and a mince pie - the perfect Christmas present for a loved one, or treat for yourself. Discover Christmas Exclusive Evening Tours.

Visitors interested in learning how monarchs have celebrated Christmas over the centuries – from exchanging Christmas cards and personal gifts to holding festive pantomimes – can hear short talks held on Thursdays throughout December. Learn more about the short talks.

A special programme of festive music will be performed in an evening Christmas concert on 10 and 11 December, concluding with a glass of wine and mince pies. Book tickets to the Christmas concert.

Festive events for children

We have a range of events for kids at the Palace and make sure you don't miss the activity day with fun for all the family to join in. Read more about things to do with children at the Palace.

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Visit the Café at the Palace in the historic Mews courtyard, where you can can enjoy homemade mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine.

Treat yourself to a Christmas-themed afternoon tea, our hand-crafted treats will serve as the perfect indulgence to share with friends and family. We advise booking in advance, which can be done online. Visit the Cafe at the Palace page.

Afternoon tea in the Café at the Palace

Afternoon tea in the Café at the Palace ©

Gift ideas

We have a wide selection of Christmas gifts in our shop, including festive home accessories, charming tree decorations, food hall favourites and luxury hampers. Browse for Christmas gift inspiration in the Palace shop or pick your favourites in our online shop.


A decorated Christmas tree and wrapped up presents in front of a fireplace, with two stockings hanging from the mantlepiece