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Christmas Festivities

Christmas Cookery and Music at the palace

Christmas Cookery and Music at the palace

Get into the festive spirit at Hampton Court Palace this Christmas. Savour historic Tudor cookery, revel in festive tunes from the past, and see if you can spot courtiers and guards from the Tudor court as they roam Henry VIII's famous palace.

Discover Tudor Christmas cookery

Be fascinated by Tudor Christmas cookery in Henry VIII's Kitchens. Watch our skilled Tudor cooks roast beef, and even try your hand as a 'turnbroche' roasting the meat while you cosy up by the fire. 

Hear festive music at the palace

Listen out for historical seasonal music and familiar Christmas favourites as you explore the palace. There's no better to get you and your family into the festive spirit!

Keep your eyes peeled for our musicians in various locations across the palace, including the Great Hall and the Guard Chamber in King William III's apartments


08-10 December, daily from 16 December - 01 January 2024 (Excluding 24-26 December)

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Key information

Please note that the Yeoman of the Guard and courtiers will appear on the Tudor route, including the courtyards (weather permitting).

Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.


  • Events
  • Christmas

Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre

Shop bespoke handmade gifts in a unique festive setting.

  • 08-10 December 2023
  • 10:00-18:00
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Families
  • Events
  • Christmas

Hampton Court Palace ice rink

Get your skates on and glide around this stunning outdoor ice rink this festive season.

  • Daily 17 November 2023 - 07 January 2024 (excluding Christmas Day)
  • 10:00-21:00 (20:00 last skate)
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Things to see

Henry VIII's Kitchens

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

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Tudor food and eating

Royal food and table manners at the Tudor court

Henry VIII’s kitchens at Hampton Court

Henry VIII's food factory, preparing up to 1,000 meals a day

Henry VIII, Terrible Tudor?

Who was the real Henry VIII?

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Shop Christmas collection

Make the festive season one to cherish and remember with our selection of wonderful history-inspired gifts, tree decorations and delicious food and drink.

From £2.50

Shop food & drink

Feast your eyes on our wonderful selection of food inspired by our royal kitchen. Shop chocolates, preserves, jam, chocolate coins and the finest liqueurs.

From £4.00

Shop Hampton Court Palace Gifts

Our gifts and souvenirs are are inspired by over 500 years of history from Hampton Court Palace.

From £3.00