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People skating on the ice rink outside the front of Hampton Court Palace
Families Highlights

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace as the stunning ice rink returns for another year.

23 November 2018 to 06 January 2019 (closed 25 December)

Hampton Court Palace

Monday-Friday: 11:00-21:00; Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-21:00

Ice skates silhouetted against the Tower ice rink with Tower in the background
Events Families

Skate at London's most dramatic ice rink at the fortress beside the Thames — an unforgettable setting, day or night.

23 November 2018 to 06 January 2019 (closed 25 December)

Tower of London

11:00-21:00

Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
Families Highlights

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Children run through the Hampton Court Palace Maze in the sunshine under a blue sky. Trees and other parkland can be seen in the background.
Families Highlights

Lose yourself in the most famous maze in the world. The Hampton Court Maze is still baffling visitors after 300 years.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Two medieval knights in civilian clothes talking in the Medieval Palace. In the background, two medieval ladies are in conversation.
Families Highlights

Step back seven hundred years in time and into the palace of King Edward I, Hammer of the Scots.

29 October - 23 December 2018

Tower of London

11:00-12:30 and 13:30-15:30

Visitors and live interpreters during the Hillsborough Castle Christmas celebrations in 2017
Families Tours and talks

Join the household as they prepare for a festive bazaar and plan their musical entertainment in 1895.

28 November to 23 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-16:00

Child Christmas wreath making at the palace
Families

Take part in our weekend craft activities and add a personal touch to your Christmas preparations.

Weekends throughout December

Hampton Court Palace

Drop in at times listed

Families

Join Victoria and Albert and find out why Christmas was an important time for their family.

01-04 and 07-11 December 2018

Kensington Palace

Every day 11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:00

Families

Drop in and get into the Christmas spirit with hands-on activities for families.

01, 02, 08 and 09 December 2018

Kensington Palace

Drop in between 11:00-15:45

Fire in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace
Families

Visit Henry VIII's Kitchens and discover how festive food has changed through the ages.

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Drop in throughout the day

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.
Families

Join our storyteller for the seasonal favourite 'The Night Before Christmas'.

Sunday 02 December 2018 and Sunday 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

12:00, 13:00, 14:45 (20 minutes)

Christmas tree in front of Kensington Palace
Events Families

Experience iconic films from It's A Wonderful Life and Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually on the big screen at the Kensington Palace.

17-22 December 2018

Kensington Palace

17:00 and 20:30