Christmas family activities

Craft weekends

Craft weekends

When

  • Weekends throughout December
Drop in at times listed

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free) Buy Hampton Court tickets

Celebrate Christmas together in our weekend family workshops and discover more about traditions and decorations, as well as writing that all important letter to Father Christmas!

Letter to Father Christmas

Saturday 01, 08, 15 December and Sunday 02, 09, 16 December 11.00-16.00

Since the 1860s children have been writing their Christmas wishes to Father Christmas. Write your own letter and take it to the cooks in Henry VIII's Kitchens who will use some palace magic to send it up the huge chimney to the North Pole!  

Perfumed Pomanders

Saturday 08 December 10.30-17.00 and Sunday 09 December 10.00-16.00

Surround yourself with the festive scents and make your own perfumed pomander pouch to give as a delicious smelling Christmas gift.

Seasonal Stars

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December 11.00-16.00

Home-made tree decorations became popular in Victorian Britain when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularised the Christmas tree. 

Create your own star decoration inspired by the musical score of the Christmas carol ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, the lyrics for which were written by the relative of a grace-and-favour resident of Hampton Court Palace in 1848.

Glorious gift tags

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December 11.00-16.00

Decorate traditional wooden gift tags and make your gift to someone extra special. 

 

Make a Christmas wreath at home

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

Separate ticket

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

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Father Christmas looks at a mince pie in his hand in front of a large Christmas tree and dressed in green robes. He is wearing a wreath.
Families Tours and talks

Join Lord and Lady Arthur Hill 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

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Henry VIII and his six wives feature in this splendid tree decoration set. A wonderful addition to a Tudor Christmas.

Henry VIII and his wives tree decorations

Henry VIII and his six wives feature in this splendid tree decoration set. A wonderful addition to a Tudor Christmas.

£50.00

Face on image of a Henry VIII dressed up brown teddy bear on a white background,.

Henry VIII tudor teddy bear

Cuddle up with one of England's most iconic monarchs with our exclusive and super soft Henry VIII teddy bear. Henry VIII was the second king during the Tudor dynasty and is one of the most recognisable monarchs in history.

£14.99

Henry VIII tree decoration in traditional mouth-blown glass. The beautifully hand painted glass is lined with silver plate.

Henry VIII glass tree decoration

Henry VIII tree decoration in traditional mouth-blown glass. The beautifully hand painted glass is lined with silver plate.

£22.99