What’s happening at Historic Royal Palaces this festive period?

What’s happening at Historic Royal Palaces this festive period?

From Medieval merriment to Victorian pantomime, there’s something for everyone this Christmas at Historic Royal Palaces. At the Tower of London, home to almost 1000 years of history, there’ll be the chance to discover what life was like at court with King Richard III – complete with jesters and minstrels – while at Hampton Court Palace Queen Elizabeth I will be in residence, with the palace’s Tudor kitchens firing up to produce a feast fit for the Virgin Queen.

The palace’s historic courtyards will also play host to the BBC Good Food Festive Fayre, promising a weekend of culinary delights bound to get you in the festive spirit. Over at Kensington Palace - childhood home of Queen Victoria - the origins of many of our most treasured Christmas traditions will be explored through a series of brunchtime lectures, while the palace itself will be dressed for the occasion with Victorian inspired decorations. With all this and more to discover, why not step inside?




Tower of London Ice Rink

16 November – 3 January

Tower of London

The ice rink returns to the famous dry moat at the Tower of London, providing one of the country’s most atmospheric skating destinations. Skate in the heart of the City while enjoying the majestic views of the Tower, before heading to the on-site café for warming refreshments!

Tickets: £13.50 Adults / £11.50 Students, Concessions & 12 – 16 years / £9.50 Under 12s / £38.00 Family


Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

25 November – 8 January

Hampton Court Palace

A sure fire way to get you and your family in the festive mood! Glide around Hampton Court’s famous ice rink, with the palace’s iconic Tudor facade providing a suitably magnificent backdrop to this magical riverside setting.

Tickets: £13.50 Adults / £11.50 Students, Concessions & 12 – 16 years / £9.50 Under 12s / £38.00 Family


Victorian Christmas

26 November – 2 January

Kensington Palace

Experience a magical Victorian Christmas at Kensington Palace, the childhood home of Queen Victoria. The palace will be dressed for the occasion, and there’ll be live Christmas themed musical performances and the chance to take part in a drop-in lantern-making workshop.

Included in palace admission.


The Rise of Christmas Shopping

3 December, 11.00

Kensington Palace

Explore the development of the festive shopping period - from window displays and advertising to the gifts given and received by Queen Victoria at Christmas time – in this special Brunchtime lecture with historian Professor Mark Connelly.

Tickets: £15 / £12 Historic Royal Palaces members, including a glass of bucks fizz


BBC Good Food Festive Fayre

9 - 11 December

Hampton Court Palace

What better way to prepare for Christmas than indulging in delicious festive fare? From the best local and British produce to Christmas themed music and carolling, the Food Fair at Hampton Court Palace promises a weekend of culinary delights, all set against the stunning backdrop of the palace’s historic Tudor courtyards.

Included in palace admission.


Carol Singing

18, 19, 21, 22, 23 December and 5 January. 18.00-19.00 and 20.00-21.00

Hampton Court Palace

Join one of Hampton Court’s annual carol singing evenings and get into the festive spirit in truly palatial surroundings as you take in the palace’s courtyards and gardens accompanied by stirring live music from the Epsom and Ewell Silver Band.

Tickets: £10 Adults, £5 Children


Elizabethan Christmas

21 - 23 December and 27 December - 1 January

Hampton Court Palace

Travel back in time to Elizabethan England and the Tudor court in 1592 as Hampton Court Palace celebrates the festive season in royal style. Queen Elizabeth I is in attendance with her court, promising live drama, historic cookery, and musical performance.

Included in palace admission.


Medieval Christmas

27 - 31 December, 11.30-15.30

Tower of London

Spend Christmas with King Richard III, Queen Anne Neville, and the knights and ladies of medieval England. Jesters and minstrels add to the entertainment. Not just a prison and a fortress, the Tower was a palace fit for royal celebration. But will it be a winter of discontent?

Included in palace admission.


Notes to Editors

All events and materials are included in the general admission ticket price for each palace unless otherwise stated. All events are subject to change, please check www.hrp.org.uk for up-to-date information on prices, opening times and details on event booking.

For further information about events and listings please contact Historic Royal Palaces Press Office on 020 3166 6166 or email press@hrp.org.uk






Historic Royal Palaces Membership (free admission to all the palaces for a year)


(1 adult)



(2 adults)




(1 adult)



(2 adults)

Tower of London*





Hampton Court






Kensington Palace*





Banqueting House*





All individual ticket prices include a voluntary donation.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk

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