Christmas family activities

When

  • Selected weekends in December 2017

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission

Come join us for some family festive fun in December and learn how Christmas would have been celebrated in the past! All activities are included with palace admission.

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December

Tudor style wreath making (drop-in activity, 11.00 – 16.00)
Create your own festive wreath to take home with you using greenery from our palace gardens. (Resources will be provided)

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December

Tudor Treasure Boxes (drop-in activity, 11.00 – 17.00)
Make a Tudor treasure box to take home with you and fill with your own special festive gifts.

Storytelling: Meet Princess Caroline and Thomas Tosier (15mins duration, 11.30, 12.30, 14.30 and 15.30)
Meet Princess Caroline and her chocolate maker Thomas Tosier in the Queen’s Guard Chamber as they tell you all about how he made her favourite winter warming chocolate drink.

Saturday 16 and Saturday 17 December

Candle decorating (drop-in activity, 11.00 – 16.00)
Join us as we decorate votive candles to celebrate the festive season.

Explore what's on

Fountain Court, looking west. The courtyard fountain can just be seen through an archway on the left.

Get an expert’s guide of what there is to see and do at each palace with one of our State Apartment Warders at Hampton Court.

21 December 2017. 20 January, 08 February and 10 March 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Member only Tours and talks

Tours begin at 11:00 and 14:00

Executions at the Tower of London took place at Tower Green and the Scaffold Site. Walk in the footsteps of those condemned to death by order of the state.

Open daily

Tower of London

Things to see
A row of suits of armour and wooden horses statues in the Line of Kings exhibition in the White Tower of the Tower of London.

From William the Conqueror to George II, marvel at the Tower's extensive collection of royal armour through the ages.

Open daily

Tower of London

Highlights Things to see

Browse more history and stories

Tudor Kitchens:  The Taste Of The Fire book
An illustrated book, written by palace curators and food archaeologists, explores eating at court and the Tudor diet.

Tudor kitchens: The taste of the fire

An illustrated book, written by palace curators and food archaeologists, explores eating at court and the Tudor diet.

£4.99

Six Wives Charm Bracelet.  An intriguing royal heraldic charm bracelet with charms of Henry VIII and his six wives family crests.

Divorced, beheaded, died charm bracelet

Divorced, beheaded, died charm bracelet with each charm representing the fate of Henry VIII’s six wives.

£24.99

King Henry VIII deluxe dress up costume

King Henry VIII deluxe dress up costume

Children’s King Henry VIII dress up costume featuring luxurious Tudor robes made from satin and velour, trimmed with faux fur.

£29.99