Christmas at Hampton Court Palace

Join us for some yuletide cheer in the chambers, galleries and gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

Join us for some yuletide cheer in the chambers, galleries and gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

Christmas holly and foliage on the main table in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, surrounded by Tudor tapestries

Experience Christmas at court

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Celebrate Christmas traditions from the past and present at Hampton Court Palace.

See the festivities through the eyes of the palace's Edwardian residents, enjoy the spectacular decorations and watch live cookery in the kitchens.

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Special seasonal events

Celebrate the festive season with these special events and extra member-only offers.

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)

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

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

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Drop in throughout the day

Visitors enjoy the food festival in Base Court at Hampton Court Palace
Events Highlights

Enjoy a big helping of festive spirit as the Festive Fayre returns to the magical Hampton Court Palace this winter.

07-09 December 2018

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Friday and Saturday: 10:00-18:00; Sunday: 10:00-16.30

Families Events

Get Christmas off to a traditional start by singing carols through some of the palace courtyards.

17-21 and 23 December 2018

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18:00 and 20:00

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

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Drop in at times listed

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

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

Female visitor in the Palace shop surrounded by merchandise, carrying a Hampton Court Palace shopping bag.
Events Member only

Enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine while you shop, and get your book signed by Lucy Worsley, our Joint Chief Curator.

27 November 2018

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18:00

Member only Events

Firmly established as an annual tradition in the Historic Royal Palaces' calendar, the members-only carol service at Hampton Court Palace.

10 December 2018

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Doors open at 19.00 for a 19.30 start

Explore the palace

All of these indoor attractions and exhibitions are included in your day admission ticket to Hampton Court Palace. Click an item for more information.

The Great Hall, looking east.
The hall was constructed by King Henry VIII to replace a smaller and older hall on the same site. It had two functions. First to provide a great communal dining room where 600 members of the court could eat in two sittings, twice a day. And secondly, to provide a magnificent entrance to the state apartments that lay beyond.
Highlights Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

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Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
Highlights Things to see

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

Open daily

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Photo of an exhibition at the Young Henry exhibition at Hampton Court Palace
Things to see

Meet the young Henry VIII, the 'pin-up' prince, through the stories of the people who knew him best.

Open daily

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The blue and gold vaulted ceiling of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Highlights Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens at the Chapel Royal, which has been in continuous use for almost 500 years.

Open daily

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The Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court, looking west.
Things to see

Walk Henry VIII’s route from his private apartments to the Chapel and see the infamous Haunted Gallery in the State Apartments.

Open daily

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The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).
Things to see

Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

Open daily (State Apartments closed 26 November-07 December 2018)

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Portraits and other works of art on display at the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.
Highlights Things to see

Discover masterpieces by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, van Dyck, and more at the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

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A gold and purple recreation of Henry VIII's crown on a grey background
Things to see

Marvel at the sparkling re-creation of Henry VIII's Crown, on display in the Tudor apartments at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

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Visitors with children sitting at a long table in the Great Hall working on family activities.

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Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens this winter with a day admission ticket to Hampton Court Palace.

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