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Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse in the snow.
Palace of Holyroodhouse in the snow. ©
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    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
  • 00:00 – 01:00
  • 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 is transformed with Christmas decorations including magnificiently decorated trees in the Throne Room and Great Gallery, adorned with shimmering decorations and sparkling lights.

    The Great Stair leading to the historic State Apartments is draped with twinkling velvet garlands, vibrant berries and seasonal foliage.

    In the Royal Dining Room, the grand table is laid with a silver service and with sugared fruit and foliage.

    The Christmas tree in the Throne Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse©
    The table in the Royal Dining Room decorated for Christmas©

    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©

    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.


    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.