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Christmas at Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh - things to do in Scotland

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Celebrate the festive season with Christmas at the Palace, which runs from 1 December 2017 to 5 January 2018 at Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at Holyrood Palace at the foot of Edinburgh's Royal Mile on 1 December, heralding the start of a season of festivities. Visitors can enjoy carols around the Christmas tree (11 and 12 December) and a special Christmas festival day for children (10 December).

Festive decorations

Throughout the festive season the palace will be decorated beautifully. Enjoy the sight of the Great Stair leading to the Palace's historic State Apartments draped with garlands and wreaths and lit-up with twinkling lights. The table in the Royal Dining Room will be laid with silverware from a special service presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their silver jubilee. There will also be flowers and wreaths of faux candied sugar fruits.

In the Great Gallery visitors will be greeted by the sight of a fifteen-foot Christmas tree decorated with white and silver fruits and flowers.

On selected dates there will be exclusive evening tours of the Palace. Visit the website for more information.

The Christmas period also coincides with the opening of Splendours of the Subcontinent on 15 December, an exhibition of precious gifts presented to the Prince of Wales in 1875 during his tour of the subcontinent.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX; tel: 0300 123 7306; website.

(image Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017)

 

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