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Christmas at Holyrood Palace has arrived
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 2024 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 10 and 11 December, a programme of festive music will be performed. Visitors will have chance to explore the Christmas decorations in the State Apartments and enjoy a glass of wine and mince pies.
On Mary, Queen of Scots’ birthday, Friday, 8 December, a special evening event at the Palace will explore life at Mary’s court. Visitors will have the chance to join an intimate curator-led tour of Mary’s chambers as well as experience the sights and sounds of Mary’s court at Christmas through festive talks, music performances, and activities.
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 23 November 2023 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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