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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.

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

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 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. Cycle hire stations are available nearby on both Holyrood Road and Abbeyhill, within a 5 minute walk of the Palace and The Queen’s Gallery. Visit Edinburgh Cycle Hire for details.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 - Monday, 21 Dec 2020)

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 festive decorations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will include a 15-foot high Christmas tree in the 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, glistening berries and seasonal foliage.

In the Royal Dining Room, the table will be 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.

Throughout December we have a Christmas trail specially for the kids. Pick up a copy and complete challenges together as a family during your visit. Find out all about royal Christmas traditions and the fascinating history at the Palace and join our special short talk too. Read more about things to do with children at the Palace.

New for 2020 – visit our reimagined 17th-century garden, which was originally the site of Scotland’s first ever botanic garden. Recently opened by His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, entry to the garden is free, seven days a week, and makes a great festive day out combined with a visit to the Palace this Christmas.

Festive afternoon tea. ©

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



The Royal Christmas hamper

The Royal Christmas hamper ©

Gift ideas

Have you seen our new Christmas gift bags and hampers available to buy online? You can browse for Christmas gift inspiration online and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the Royal Collection Trust shops where ranges of jewellery, cuddly corgis and festive food and drink make perfect presents.

For book lovers, A Royal Christmas is the first official publication to explore the festive traditions of generations of the royal family, through more than 150 objects, photographs and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives. 

See past Christmases at the Palace

Christmas at the Palace ©