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Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse in the snow
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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.

By train

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 station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop 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.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Daily (Friday, 7 Dec 2018 - Sunday, 6 Jan 2019)
  • Some events are included in standard admission tickets, others need booking specifically. Find out more details on individual event pages. 


This winter the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be adorned with glittering decorations to celebrate the festive season.

A Christmas tree at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. ©

The Great Stair leading to the Palace's historic State Apartments will be draped with garlands and wreaths and lit-up with twinkling lights throughout December.

In the Royal Dining Room, the table will be decorated with flowers, wreaths and spires of faux candied sugared fruits, and laid with pieces from a silver service presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their Silver Jubilee.

In the Great Gallery admire the 15ft Christmas tree decked with white and silver fruits and flowers.

Christmas at the Palace ©

Exclusive Evening Tours

On selected dates in December and January, Exclusive Evening Tours will take place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Led by an expert guide, the tours offer a special behind-the-ropes experience of the Palace and include a glass of champagne.

For children

Throughout December we have a Christmas trail specially for the little ones. Pick up a copy and complete challenges as you visit the Palace's many rooms. Find out all about royal Christmas traditions and the fascinating history at Holyroodhouse.  

Detail from Verrio's Sea Triumph of Charles II ©

Charles II: Art & Power

After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king.  Visit the exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. 


Festive afternoon tea. ©

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Visit the Café at the Palace for a festive twist on our award-winning traditional afternoon tea. Our hand-crafted treats will serve as the perfect indulgence to share with friends and family. 

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Afternoon tea gift vouchers are also available. They can be purchased in the Café or by calling +44 (0)131 652 3685.


Gift ideas

If you are looking for an exceptional gift, treat someone to a special day out with a limited-edition ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse or Windsor Castle. Our presentation Gift Box not only contains a souvenir guidebook but also an entry ticket, which means there is no need to pre-book. Gift boxes are available with one or two tickets.

You can browse for Christmas gift inspiration in the Palace shop or online, where ranges of handmade limited edition and commemorative chinaware, diamante and pearl jewellery and cuddly Corgi dogs make a perfect present. Also new for this year, A Royal Christmas book is the first official publication to explore the fascinating Christmas traditions of royalty past and present.

Christmas tree decorations. ©