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Choristers from the Chapel Royal choir skate on the ice at the Hampton Court Palace ice rinks in front of the Tudor west gate
Families Highlights

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace this Christmas as the ice rink returns for another year.

22 November 2019 to 5 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day)

Hampton Court Palace

09:00 until late (10:00 until late on weekdays)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

A young teenage girl and her younger sister smile as they view a replica of a silver tiara studded with diamonds, on a red display cushion.
Families Tours and talks

Uncover the stories behind guests of Hillsborough Castle, on this fun tour designed with families in mind.

Weekends only

Hillsborough Castle

11:30 or 14:30

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.
Families

Join in our lively, interactive storytelling sessions for under 7's and their families at Kensington Palace.

Second Sunday of every month

Kensington Palace

11:45, 12:45, 13:45 and 14:45. Duration 20 minutes.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Elizabeth Barton and Alice Wolfe, imprisoned in the Tower of London under Henry VIII, 1533
Families

Meet two of the Tower of London's prisoners during the turbulent times of King Henry VIII. Listen to their stories and decide if you should help them escape.

28 October - 23 December

Tower of London

Daily at 11:30, 13:00, 15:30

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A mother and two children the Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Families

Discover our Wonder Weekends together this Halloween! Enjoy some spooky storytelling and get hands-on with fascinating objects and craft activities.

30 November

Hillsborough Castle

Drop in throughout the day

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Children taking part in a storytelling session inside the historic spaces.
Families

Join in our lively, interactive storytelling sessions for families at Hampton Court Palace.

Sunday 01 December, Sunday 12 January, Sunday 02 February

Hampton Court Palace

11:45, 13:00 and 14:15 (20mins)

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Ice skates silhouetted against the Tower ice rink with Tower in the background
Events Families

Skate at London's most dramatic ice rink at the fortress beside the Thames — an unforgettable setting, day or night.

16 November 2019 to 5 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day)

Tower of London

10:00-21:00 (11:00 on weekdays)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Christmas decorations
Families

Join us this festive season at Hampton Court Palace and make your own Elizabethan inspired Christmas decorations.

Selected Saturdays and Sundays in November and December

Hampton Court Palace

Drop-in between 11:00-16:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Explainer dressed as a Victorian, decorating a Christmas tree.
Families

Meet Princess Victoria and her family and help them prepare for a magical Christmas at Kensington Palace.

Selected dates in December and January

Kensington Palace

Drop-in throughout the day

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Father Christmas looks at a mince pie in his hand in front of a large Christmas tree and dressed in green robes. He is wearing a wreath.
Families Tours and talks

Enjoy the 12 days of Christmas and meet Father Christmas himself on a festive tour of the house led by a costumed Explainer.

14 December 2019 - 5 January 2020 (excluding 24-26 December)

Hillsborough Castle

First tour: 10:00

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Luna Winter Cinema at Kensington Palace, showing a large event space lit in purple and pink. Chairs are arranged theatre-style and there is a large cinema screen at the far end, which is flanked by two Christmas trees.
Events Families

Experience iconic films from It's A Wonderful Life and Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually on the big screen at the Kensington Palace.

15-22 December 2019

Kensington Palace

See full schedule for details

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

SOLD OUT
Events Families

Get Christmas off to a traditional start by singing carols through some of the palace courtyards.

16, 18, 19, 22 and 23 December 2019

Hampton Court Palace

18:00 and 20:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)