Christmas 2021 events at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh


28 October 2021
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A Christmas tree in the Throne Room at Palace of Holyroodhouse
A 'Mary Queen of Scots at Christmas' family event is one of the highlights of the Palace of Holyroodhouse festive programme for winter 2021.

A highlight of the Christmas display will be a 15-foot-high Christmas tree adorned with shimmering decorations and sparkling lights in the Great Gallery, the largest room in the Palace. Visitors will see another magnificent tree in the Throne Room, while the Great Stair leading to the historic State Apartments will be draped with twinkling velvet garlands, glistening berries and seasonal foliage. 


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In the Royal Dining Room, the table will be laid with pieces from a silver service presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their Silver Jubilee, and decorated with flowers, wreaths and spires of faux candied sugared fruits.  

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A festive display of pieces from a silver service presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1935

For families visiting the Palace on 18 December, the Mary, Queen of Scots at Christmas Family Activity Day will show children how Christmas was celebrated at the Palace over 400 years ago. Families can step back in time to learn a curious game called ‘The Feast of the Bean’, create a pomander to make the air smell sweet, listen to traditional fiddle music and pick up a family activity trail. 

Exclusive Evening Tours, available between 18 and 30 December, offer a private view of the State Apartments after hours, including the West Drawing Room, which is used by members of the Royal Family as a private sitting room and not usually open to the public. Tours include a complimentary glass of champagne, a mince pie and a copy of the Palace’s souvenir guidebook.

For more information, visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse website.

Images Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021