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Mary, Queen of Scots at Christmas

Family activity day

Children decorating oranges
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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, 18 Dec 2021
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Included in Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass

Come and see the beautiful Christmas decorations at the Palace and step back in time to discover how Mary, Queen of Scots would have celebrated Christmas over 400 years ago. 

Christmas pomanders

In the time of Mary, Queen of Scots clove studded citrus fruits were used to make the air smell beautiful. Join us to make your own pomander to take away and fill your home with festive fragrance.

Queen of the Bean - Storytelling

In the 16th century many festivities took place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate Christmas. Storytelling was a treasured entertainment - and so, this Christmas join us for a drop in storytelling session. Hear how Mary celebrated Christmas at the Palace and discover how to play a curious game named ‘The Feast of the Bean.’ 


Listen to traditional fiddle music associated with Christmas as you ascend the Great Stair, beautifully decorated for the festive season. 

Performances take place at 11:00, 12:00 and 14:00

Family Christmas Trail

Pick up your trail to discover lots of Christmas facts as you explore the Palace. 

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