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Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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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.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15-minute walk from the station.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and Skylink 300 stop near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Friday, 1 Dec 2017 - Friday, 5 Jan 2018
  • Some events are included in standard admission tickets, others need booking specifically. Find out more details on individual event pages. 


This winter the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be adorned with glittering decorations to celebrate the festive season.

A Christmas tree at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. ©

The Great Stair leading to the Palace's historic State Apartments will be draped with garlands and wreaths and lit-up with twinkling lights throughout December.

In the Royal Dining Room, the table will be decorated with flowers, wreaths and spires of faux candied sugared fruits, and laid with pieces from a silver service presented to George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their Silver Jubilee.

In the Great Gallery admire the 15ft Christmas tree decked with white and silver fruits and flowers.

Christmas decorations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. ©

Exclusive Evening Tours

On selected dates in December and January, Exclusive Evening Tours will take place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Led by an expert guide, the tours offer a special behind-the-ropes experience of the Palace and include a glass of champagne.

For children

For your younger ones join us for a festive-themed Recitals for Wrigglers event on 17 December. 


Splendours of the Subcontinent

Crown presented to the Prince of Wales in 1875. ©

Splendours of the Subcontinent

In October 1875, the Prince of Wales set off on a four-month tour of the Indian Subcontinent, visiting over 21 localities, which today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.  Our new exhibition Splendours of the Subcontinent at The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh tells the story of this grand tour through some of the finest Indian treasures from the Royal Collection that were presented to the Prince during his visit.  


Festive afternoon tea. ©

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Visit the Café at the Palace for a festive twist on our award-winning traditional afternoon tea. Our hand-crafted treats will serve as the perfect indulgence to share with friends and family. For more information or to book, please contact +44 (0)131 652 3685.

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Gift ideas

If you are looking for an exceptional gift, treat someone to a special day out with a limited-edition ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace. The presentation Gift Box not only contains a souvenir guidebook but also an entry ticket for the Palace, which means there is no need to pre-book. Gift boxes are available for individuals or couples.

You can also browse for Christmas gift inspiration in the Palace shop or online, where ranges of handmade limited edition and commemorative chinaware, diamante and pearl jewellery and cuddly Corgi dogs make a perfect present.

Christmas tree decorations. ©

What's on: Edinburgh

Download our What's on brochure for details of our events programme in Edinburgh, December 2017 to April 2018.