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Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre

Shop foodie delights and handmade gifts in a unique setting

Shop foodie delights and handmade gifts in a unique setting

Join us in December for the Festive Fayre 2023, when Hampton Court Palace's magnificent courtyards and grounds will be transformed into a food-lover's winter wonderland once again.

By popular demand, this favourite festive event is back for not one, but two glittering weekends. There is no better way to kick off a festive season to remember!

Tickets on sale now, members go free. Visit on Friday 01 or Friday 08 December and save on entry.



01-03 and 08-10 December 2023


Ticketing information

Entry to the Festive Fayre is included in your Hampton Court Palace admission ticket.

The palace will close at 16:30, except for after-hours tours

Members go free with pre-booking. VIP upgrade available.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Artisan Shopping

With a dazzling market featuring over 100 independent artisan producers, you’ll be sure to find the perfect Christmas gift for even the trickiest loved one. On the first weekend shop from a dazzling array of producers including botanical beauty, pottery, crafts, crystals and more.

Join us again for the second weekend and enjoy meeting even more producers, including an artisan florist, fine British jewellery, aromatherapy oils, mud ceramics, sustainable crafts and plenty more to be discovered. Get excited by our full list of artisan producers here

What better setting for some leisurely shopping with friends and family than Henry VIII’s famous palace? You can even explore the exquisite palace and 60 acres of gardens, which will be decked in its Christmas finest as a break between all that retail therapy.


Colonnade Court illuminated with light and decorated with a Christmas tree as visitors enjoy some mulled wine and take in the stalls at Festive Fayre.
Festive Fayre in the palace courtyards.

Delicious Food and Masterclasses

There’s more on offer than just shopping. A stunning festive lover's wonderland, you’ll be bowled away by delicious craft food and drink. With everything from tasty Greek food, Vietnamese favourites, enchanting oysters and mouth-watering sweet treats to savour as you wander amongst the winter wonderland. There will be different things on offer each weekend, so make sure to visit again.

Don't forget to pick up a mulled wine and mince pie, the perfect partners for relaxing to the sounds of your favourite Christmas tunes, performed by our talented singers. 

Want to wow your loved ones over the festive season? Don't miss the chance to join a special hands-on cocktail masterclass by quality local distillery Bone Idyll on 01-03 December. Create spectacular cocktails and pick up fantastic new flavour pairings to make your Christmas celebrations even jollier.

Make your day even more festive with a visit to our ice rink. Glide gracefully around this stunning rink as your admire the Tudor palace.


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Shop foodie delights and handmade gifts in a unique setting. Start this festive season in the best way in this winter wonderland.

Two performers singing in band stand in Great Fountain Garden (with the East Front in the background) at the Festive Fayre.

Join a Tudor Christmas Tour

Upgrade your ticket to include an extra special after-hours tour of Hampton Court Palace, and discover extraordinary stories behind Tudor Christmas celebrations. Gather around the fire in the 16th-century kitchens and hear about festive feasts. Then journey into the heart of the palace as an expert Palace Guide grants you exclusive access to the Tudor State Apartments. 

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Bite size carols

Join the Hampton Court Palace choristers for a bite-sized, family-friendly service in the historic Chapel Royal. Come and sing your favourite carols and explore the Christmas story together in a spectacular setting.

Saturday 02 December 11.00, 13.00, 15.00

Upgrade to a VIP package

Treat yourself and loved ones to a touch of extra sparkle on the day with an exclusive VIP package.

The limited VIPs will be able to cosy up in an exclusive VIP lounge. You will also receive a complimentary goody bag; tea, coffee and soft drinks; complimentary breakfast pastries; and complimentary beer, wines and Prosecco from 12.00 to 17.00.

A Festive Fayre ticket or Historic Royal Palaces membership is required in addition to the VIP upgrade. 

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BBC Good Food Fayre at Hampton Court Palace
Festive Fayre in the palace courtyards.
The front of a hot drinks stall at Festive Fayre in Hampton Court Palace. A sign for mulled wine and a drinks menu can be seen surrounded by decorations.

Discover The Talented Performers

  • Adam Rhys brings his smooth vocals back by popular demand
  • The Santa Babies Duo will sing feel-good festive favourites from the 20s to the swinging 60s
  • Weston Green School Choir will perform favourite carols on Friday 01 December at 14:30
  • Be wowed by Thracian Dancers 08-10 December at 13.30

Plan your listening with our entertainment timetable here.

Colonade Court showing a school choir singing in front of a Christmas Tree at Festive Fayre.


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Hampton Court Palace ice rink

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

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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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