The Magic Garden is now closed for winter and will re-open in Spring 2018.

Elizabethan Christmas

When

  • 22 to 23 December and 27 December 2017 to 1 January 2018
11:00- 15:30

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission

A heart-warming Christmas story for all the family, set at the court of Queen Elizabeth I and performed around the palace. Witness as this touching tale unfolds throughout the day, full of music, dance and festive fun.

Queen Elizabeth I and her court are at Hampton Court Palace for the festive season. The pressure is on for the Queen’s Master of Revels, Edmund Tilney, to arrange a celebration to remember. However when disaster strikes he must turn to an unlikely place for a solution. Is all lost, or will it be a Christmas to remember?

Join us as courtiers, musicians, and jesters will be filling the palace courtyards and rooms with music, drama and laughter.  

Explore what's on

Audience members at a palace event

Discover how a female queen in a man's world changed the state of power play at Hampton Court Palace.

28 November 2017

Hampton Court Palace

Doors open at 18:40 for a 19:00 start

Photo of an exhibition at the Young Henry exhibition at Hampton Court Palace

Meet the 'pin-up' prince before he became notoriously fat and tyrannical. The Young Henry VIII exhibition at Hampton Court Palace tells the stories of the people who knew him best.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace
A live interpreter dressed as a Tudor Lady and a Live Interpreter dressed as a Tudor Gentlemen are kneeling on either side of a padlocked chest in the Great Watching Chamber. They are arguing.

Step into the dangerous declining years of Henry’s VIII’s reign. Choose your enemies, choose your friends, but choose wisely.

30 October - 19 December 2017

Hampton Court Palace

Browse more history and stories

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

A fun-packed pop-up book, filled with flaps and fascinating facts about the most famous British kings and queens.

Pop-up Kings and Queens book

A fun-packed pop-up book, filled with flaps and fascinating facts about the most famous British kings and queens.

£6.99

Queen Elizabeth I china mug celebrating Henry VIII's most successful heir.

Queen Elizabeth I quote mug

"Those who appear the most sanctified are the worst." Queen Elizabeth I china mug celebrating Henry VIII's most successful heir.

£14.99