Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Two three-metre Christmas trees are on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  The Noble Firs can be seen in the historic Throne Room, once Charles II’s Guard Chamber, and the Great Gallery, the largest room in the Palace.  The trees are hung with festive baubles in the shape of a crown. These unique decorations can be purchased online and from the Royal Collection Shops, along with many other Christmas gifts.

On 29 and 30 December the Palace is offering an Exclusive Evening Tour of the State Apartments.  From Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers, to the room used by The Queen for private audiences, visitors are given special insight into the history and use of Her Majesty’s official residence in Scotland.  The tour starts at 18:30 and lasts for approximately two hours.  The cost per person is £30.00 and includes a copy of the official guidebook, a glass of champagne and mince pie, and 20% discount in the Royal Collection Shop.  The group is limited to just 30 people, and tickets must be pre-booked. 

On 9, 16, 23 and 30 December, the Café at the Palace in the Mews Courtyard is offering a special ‘Celebration Lunch’ menu. The cost is £32.00 per person for three festive courses, tea or coffee, a mince pie, and entry to the Palace.  Lunch is served from 12:30 and can be pre-booked (0131 652 3685, e-mail

Those visiting with children over the Christmas and New Year period can enjoy a host of activities in the Family Room, which is open daily from 10:00 to 15:30.  Children can dress up in royal costume, learn about past Kings and Queens, and create their own Christmas decorations.  From 10 December, the Palace is also offering a family quiz for visitors to test their knowledge of Christmas customs.