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Christmas Festival Day

Family looking at Christmas tree
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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
  • Saturday, 19 Dec 2020
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Included with Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass

Visit the Palace to see the beautifully decorated State Apartments, discover some historic Christmas traditions and make your own Christmas decoration to take home.


A Royal Christmas

Explore the historic Christmas traditions of the Royal Family across the centuries, and see the State Apartments dressed in festive decorations. 

These talks will be delivered as drop-in sessions to one household at a time.


Create a Christmas decoration

For many of us Christmas wouldn’t be complete without hanging decorations on a Christmas tree. Discover the story of the origins of this tradition in Britain and create your own decoration to take home.

This activity will be delivered as drop-in sessions to one household at a time.


Christmas Family trail

Don’t forget to pick up your Christmas at the Palace trail to help families to explore the Palace and discover lots of Christmas facts.


All events at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be managed in line with COVID-secure procedures. Please see our Welcome Back page for more information.

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