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Christmas at Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
By car

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on www.windsor.gov.uk

By train

The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station which is near Victoria station, London.

Surbiton Coaches runs a shuttle bus service between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace from spring to autumn. 

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

  • Windsor Castle
  • Next event: Sunday, 28 Nov 2021
    Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Thursday, 25 Nov 2021 - Monday, 3 Jan 2022)
  • Christmas displays are included in standard admission to the Castle. Some special events require separate tickets - see specific page for details.
  • Adults, Children / Families
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Windsor Castle Christmas tree

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This winter experience a fairytale Christmas at Windsor Castle. The festive display includes a magnificent centrepiece, the 6 metre (20-foot) high tree in St George's Hall, taken from Windsor Great Park and dressed with hundreds of twinkling lights and ornaments.

A special pantomime display will show costumes worn by The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and her sister, Princess Margaret as teenagers performing in annual pantomimes at Windsor Castle between 1941-44. The costumes will be on display in the Waterloo Chamber, where the pantomime pictures decorate the walls of the room. 

Actresses on stage in costume

Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret on stage in pantomime, Windsor Castle, 1940s Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved

Festive events for adults

Available throughout December, Exclusive Evening Tours offer a ‘behind-the-ropes’ experience in the State Apartments. Led by an expert guide, visitors will discover more about the Castle’s 1,000-year history, enjoy a glass of champagne and receive a complimentary copy of the official souvenir guidebook. 

Great Kitchen Tours, available from 30 December to 9 January, will give visitors a guided tour of the oldest working kitchen in the country, which is not usually open to the public. Built in the reign of Edward III, the Great Kitchen has remained in use for over 750 years, and is still used today for State occasions hosted by Her Majesty The Queen.

Festive events for children

On Saturdays in December, families can enjoy drop-in festive storytelling sessions in the State Apartments. Taking inspiration from the pantomime costumes on display, weekend arts-and-crafts activities in the Castle’s Learning Centre will give children the chance to design their own costumes, make pantomime-themed Christmas decorations and make a stage for pantomime characters to perform on.

Read more about things to do with children at the Castle.

 

Undercroft Café

Visit the Undercroft Café where you can enjoy a festive-themed winter menu.

Christmas retail range

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Gift ideas

Have you seen our new Christmas gift bags and hampers available to buy online? You can also browse for Christmas gift inspiration in the Castle shops including 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.

Watch the Christmas tree being decorated

Our timelapse film shows the Christmas tree being decorated in St George's Hall in a previous year. The film only lasts 30 seconds, but the work took over 13 hours!

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