This December, visitors to the Palace of Holyroodhouse will see the State Apartments transformed with shimmering Christmas trees, twinkling lights and a range of activities to celebrate the festive season.
Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will run from 6 December until 6 January 2020.
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.
In the Café at the Palace in the historic Mews courtyard, visitors can enjoy homemade mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine or treat themselves to a Christmas-themed afternoon tea.
During the Christmas Celebration Weekend on 14 and 15 December, families visiting the Palace can enjoy musical performances, short talks, hands-on activities and a family-friendly performance by theatre company Some Kind of Theatre, telling the story of a stubborn pixie trapped in Queen Mary’s Dolls House.
On Saturday, 14 December, visitors can enjoy a lunchtime lecture by Louise Cooling, author of A Royal Christmas, exploring the festive traditions of the royal family through the centuries, many of which have influenced the Christmas customs we know and love today.
On Sunday, 8 and Monday, 9 December, the Scottish Vocal Ensemble will provide an evening of Christmas carols and seasonal music in the splendour of the Great Gallery. Tickets include a glass of wine, a mince pie and a 20% discount in the Palace shop.
On selected dates in December, visitors can enjoy a Private Evening Tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, are led by an expert guide and offer a special behind-the-ropes experience. All tickets include a glass of champagne, a copy of the Official Souvenir Guide and a 20% discount at Royal Collection Trust shops.
Browse for Christmas gift inspiration at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the Royal Collection Trust shops or online at www.rct.uk/shop, where ranges of jewellery, cuddly Corgis and festive food and drink make perfect presents. For book lovers, A Royal Christmas (£12.95 from Royal Collection Trust shops) 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.
Tickets and visitor information are available from www.rct.uk, or call the Palace of Holyroodhouse.