Christmas through the ages online talk

LIVE on Crowdcast, Wednesday 16 December, 7.00 pm

LIVE on Crowdcast, Wednesday 16 December, 7.00 pm

Hampton Court Palace will be closed on Wednesday 19 May 2021. Hampton Court Green car park is closed from 17 May - 20 May and on-site parking may be busier than usual.


Wednesday 16 December, 7.00pm (BST)

Ticketing information

The event will be online only, LIVE on Crowdcast. The event is free to join but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford. 

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In our final talk of the series, HRP Chief Curator Lucy Worsley is joined by food historian, Richard Fitch and Public Historian, Charles Farris for a whistle-stop tour of Christmas traditions through the ages.

Covering everything from food to decorations, this one-hour long talk will dive into the festive season through the centuries, explaining everything from ancient royal traditions, to the familiar Christmas festivities we know today, which were popularised by Queen Victoria and her family. Discover the topsy-turvy world of the Lord of Misrule, the emergence of the pantomime, and Christmas banquets featuring plum porridge and boar’s heads. Lucy, Richard and Charles will be debunking a number of myths along the way too, including the ingredients of a traditional mince pie – which really aren’t for the faint-hearted!  Join us for some festive fun, as they bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of the palaces at Christmas.

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This event is free to join, but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford. 

Historic Royal Palaces is a self-funding charity. The closure of our six sites for four months following the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our finances. We have begun the phased re-opening of some of our sites, and would love you to show support for us by visiting. We have restricted the number of people allowed on site each day, so you will have the chance of seeing these wonderful places up close, without the usual crowds.

We look forward to you joining our online event.

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Aerial view of a formal garden with green lawns on either side of a main path running towards the baroque palace. A fountain runs in the foreground at the centre of the path
Things to see

Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens without the usual crowds.


Hampton Court Palace

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The Tudor Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, showing the Abraham Tapestries and the room set out for day visitors.
Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open 20 May

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).
Things to see

Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

Open 20 May

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Raven Gifts

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