Christmas at Kensington Palace

Christmas at Kensington Palace

A Victorian Christmas

Join us as we decorate the palace for Christmas. Experience festive music, lantern-making workshops and more at Kensington Palace, the childhood home of Queen Victoria.


Christmas as we know it today started during the Victorian period. Join us as we decorate Kensington Palace with beautiful lanterns inspired by Queen Victoria's diaries. Experience festive music, talks on Christmas traditions and food, lantern-making workshops and more.

Kensington Palace is the perfect place to spend a special Christmas day out with the family this festive season, especially as kids go free!

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Highlight events

Victoria’s Christmas

26 November - 2 January. Extracts from the diaries of a princess and queen, brought to life with illuminated illustrations. This unique installation uses a Victorian paper-cut style for a series of very special Christmas lights. Included in palace admission.

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Queen Victoria's Christmas

3, 10 and 17 December. Design your own Christmas tree decoration and help decorate Queen Victoria's tree in these special family sessions. Included in palace admission.

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Lantern making

3, 10, 17 December. Get creative in these drop-in sessions for families. Make your own paper-cut style lantern inspired by the beautiful decorations at the palace. Included in palace admission.

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Brunchtime lecture: the rise of Christmas shopping

3 December. Explore the development of the festive shopping period as we know it. Learn about window displays and the gifts given and received by Queen Victoria. Ticket includes a glass of Bucks Fizz and entry to Kensington Palace. £15 / £12 HRP members.

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Tasty talks

8, 11, 18 and 29 December. Hear about the origins of the Christmas pud, discover the history of roast goose and more. Includes a drink from the Wassail bowl (mulled cider). Included in palace admission, ticketed on the day.

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Victorian puppet theatre

17 December. Stage your own Pantomime this Christmas and create a Victorian shadow puppet theatre at our family workshop - reliving the tradition where children would put on performances at family gatherings at Christmas time. Included in palace admission.

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Music at the palace

27 December – 2 January. Period specialists from The Prince Regent’s Band perform Victorian carols and Christmas music on 19th century brass instruments. Listen to these popular tunes that still define our Christmas today. Included in palace admission.

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