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Christmas at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh has arrived! Visitors to the Palace of Holyroodhouse will see the State Apartments transformed with shimmering Christmas trees, garlands, and a magnificent table display…
Christmas at Holyrood Palace
Christmas has arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the King’s official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. Visitors to the house from now until 2 January 2023 will be able to see the impressively ornate State Apartments transformed with beautiful Christmas trees, garlands and a magnificent table display.
Highlights of Christmas at Holyrood include magnificently decorated Christmas trees in the Throne Room and the Great Gallery, and velvet garlands, glistening berries and seasonal foliage adorning the Great Stair.
A wonderful table display in the Royal Dining Room has also been put together, with piece from a silver service presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their Silver Jubilee, and decorated with ivy, candelabra and spires of faux candied sugared fruits.
If you’re paying a visit to the palace in the coming weeks, there are some great festive activities scheduled.
On 6 December there will be an online evening lecture which will see Royal Collection Trust curators delving into the history of royal Christmas traditions and will include an exploration of rarely seen royal Christmas cards and journal entries.
On 17, 22 and 23 December, a series of family activities will be on including short talks and festive arts and crafts activities.
On 11 December, there will be a special carol concert with members of the Robin Chapel Choir performing beneath the Great Gallery Christmas tree. Visitors will have chance to explore the Christmas decorations in the State Apartments and enjoy a glass of wine and mince pies.
Throughout December visitors can enjoy evening Christmas tours, offering a private, behind-the-ropes tour of the State Apartments with an expert guide, once the Palace doors have closed to visitors for the day.
If you’re hungry after your tour, the Café at the Palace will have a special festive menu available throughout December, including homemade mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine.
Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is from 1 December 2022 to 2 January 2023. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open to the public five days a week, Thursday to Monday, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets: www.rct.uk
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