Christmas Present, Christmas Past

Live performance

Live performance

When

  • Start date: 01 December 2018
  • End date: 06 January 2019
Daily at 12:00 and 14:00 in the Great Hall

Ticketing information

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

It is Christmas 1906 and the Palace’s grace-and-favour residents are preparing for the festive season. They are rehearsing a Christmas play which will raise funds for a local charity, but all is not going according to plan.

Some residents favour a Tudor Christmas, some a Georgian Christmas, and some a Victorian Christmas. Not surprisingly, they can’t agree!

Join them in the Great Hall as they rehearse, find out about Christmas traditions, and help them create the ‘Hampton Court Palace Christmas 1906 Pageant’.

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)

Group of carol singers singing in front of the colonnade in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace
Families

Join the grace-and-favour residents of 1906 as they sing carols around the Christmas tree.

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 11:15 and 14:45 in Clock Court

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Winter trees at the palace
Events

Visit the Queen's Presence Chamber to hear some spine-tingling, festive stories from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

01 December 2018 - 06 January 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily at 12:30 and 15:15 in the Queen's Presence Chamber

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration. Handmade using traditional techniques this luxury hanging decoration features Henry VIII in his arms and armour

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration

Take home your very own knight in shining armour with this Henry VIII hanging decoration.

£12.99

Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration, luxury Christmas ornament depicts the Dutch House of Kew Palace which dates back to 1631

Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This luxury handmade Christmas tree decoration features the design of the front of the Dutch House at Kew Palace on the River Thames in south west London.

£29.99

Henry VIII gauntlet armour oven glove made from Cotton twill with polyester thermal

Henry VIII gauntlet armour oven glove

This fun oven glove has been inspired by a suit of armour made for Henry VIII in 1540, which is on display at the Tower of London.

12.99