Festive fun for all this Christmas at Historic Royal Palaces

9 October 2017

9 October 2017

With Christmas just around the corner, there’s a whole range of magical events at Historic Royal Palaces sure to get everyone into the festive spirit. Whether it’s grabbing a pair of skates and taking to the ice, sampling delicious food or enjoying some carols, a visit to a palace should be a must on everyone’s Christmas list this year!

Hampton Court Palace will be welcoming in the holiday season with a series of Christmas-themed entertainment and activities, from carolling in the courtyards to a special Elizabethan Christmas. Visitors can take a spin on the ice at Hampton Court’s famous ice rink (24 November – 7 January), where the palace’s Tudor facade provides a suitably magnificent backdrop to this magical riverside setting. The BBC Good Food’s Festive Feast returns for another year, setting mouths watering with over 50 stalls featuring handpicked producers, all filling the palace’s historic courtyards. It won’t just be delicious treats filling the air either, with the Christmas Music Weekend (16 – 17 December) promising traditional carols and sacred hymns within the walls of the Great Hall. Performed on traditional instruments just like those used at the court of Elizabeth I, this special event offers a wonderful mix of traditions old and new. On selected dates, visitors will also be treated to an ‘Elizabethan Christmas’, with Tudor-style courtyard entertainment, live period music and dance conjuring up the Christmas of 1592 with Elizabeth I and her court. The Tudor Queen herself will even be in residence for the celebrations!

Head to the Tower of London this Christmas where there will be a number of seasonal events for all to enjoy. The ice rink returns to the famous dry moat, where visitors can take in the majestic views of the capital from this iconic historic landmark. . The Tower will also host a royal celebration, complete with Medieval Christmas festivities (27 – 31 December). Revel in the festivities with King Richard III, Queen Anne Neville, and the knights and ladies of medieval England with music, dance and games adding to the family entertainment. Meanwhile, Noel Noel promises to hit all the right notes with 500 years of music for Advent and Christmas performed in the atmospheric Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. This sumptuous concert includes Spanish riffs, English traditional songs, melodies by Monteverdi and the original version of Silent Night.

Kensington Palace will also be suitably dressed for the occasion, with a Victorian Christmas theme running throughout the palace, complete with stunning lanterns, a gorgeous 25ft Christmas tree and a display of illuminated Victorian scenes. Running throughout the day on selected dates, visitors to the palace will also be able to experience the excitement of Queen Victoria’s Christmas with ‘Under the Christmas Tree’. This family-friendly event will see visitors being treated to Victoria’s memories of Christmas past, before being able to create their own beautiful Christmas decoration to take home. 16 December will see ‘Funtastic Saturday’ take place, where children can hear Christmas stories and create their very own Victorian puppet theatre. The ‘Tasty Talks’ will also return every Sunday throughout December, taking visitors on a fascinating journey through the story of the items that now grace our Christmas table and how they arrived there. Live music will also take place in the Queen’s State Apartments between Christmas and New Year, filling the palace with the sound of traditional festive music.


Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

24 November – 7 January

Tickets: £14 adult/ £12 concessions/ £10 child/ £45 family ticket

BBC Good Food’s Festive Feast

8 – 10 December

Included in palace admission / £5 admission for Festive Feast Twilight Shopping

Courtyard Carol Singing

16, 17, 21, 22 & 23 December

Tickets: £10 adult/ £5 child

Christmas Music Weekend

16 – 17 December

Included in palace admission

Elizabethan Christmas

22 December - 1 January 2018 (excluding 24th-26th December)

Included in palace admission


Tower of London

Tower of London Ice Rink

17 November – 2 January

Tickets: £14.50 adult/ £12.50 concessions/ £10.50 child/ £40 family ticket

Noël Noël

15 December

Tickets: £20.00

Medieval Christmas

27 – 31 December

Included in palace admission


Kensington Palace

Victorian Christmas

From 1 December

Included in palace admission

Under the Christmas Tree

3, 10 and 17 December

Included in palace admission

Tasty Talks

3, 10 and 17 December

Included in palace admission

Funtastic Saturday

16 December

Included in palace admission

Live music

27 December – 1 January

Included in palace admission

Notes to editors

For more information and images, please contact Sophie Lemagnen in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: [email protected] / 020 3166 6304

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office.

Registered charity number 1068852.

For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk.