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Christmas at Hampton Court Palace

to 7th January

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!

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

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