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Christmas decorations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh 

Feeling festive, Ma’am? Staff members put up the Christmas decorations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh – including a 15ft tree and sparkling velvet garlands

  • The Queen’s official residence in Scotland has been given a festive makeover
  • Highlight of Christmas display at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is 15-foot tree
  • Great Stair leading to the state apartments is draped with twinkling garlands


The Queen’s official residence in Scotland has been given a very festive makeover – including a 15ft tree and sparkling velvet garlands.  

A highlight of the Christmas display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is a 15ft tree adorned with glitzy decorations and sparkling lights in the Great Gallery, which is the largest room in the Palace. It stands tall beside a newly installed painting of Charles II.

Elsewhere, The Great Stair leading to the state apartments has been decorated with twinkling velvet garlands which feature glistening berries and seasonal foliage, while visitors can also catch a glimpse of another impressive tree in the Throne Room. 

In the Royal Dining Room, the table is delicately laid with pieces from a silver service presented to George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their silver jubilee, and is decorated with flowers, wreaths and faux candied sugared fruits. 

In the Royal Dining Room, the table is laid with pieces from a silver service presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their Silver Jubilee (pictured)

A Royal Collection Trust staff member puts up the Christmas decorations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

A Royal Collection Trust staff member puts up the Christmas decorations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The palace, founded as a monastery in the early 12th century, is open to visitors year-round, except for the week when the Queen is in residence, usually at the end of June to early July. This is known as Holyrood Week.

The week sees the Queen recognise Scottish culture, history and achievement with investitures and a garden party. The Queen also undertakes a number of regional Scottish engagements which vary from year to year. 

However, from 18th-30th December, visitors can enjoy a private evening tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse led by a guide. 

This offers 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. 

From 18th-30th December, visitors can enjoy a private evening tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse led by a guide. Pictured, Royal Collection Trust staff member puts up the Christmas decorations

From 18th-30th December, visitors can enjoy a private evening tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse led by a guide. Pictured, Royal Collection Trust staff member puts up the Christmas decorations 

The Great Stair leading to the state apartments has been given a festive makeover after being draped with twinkling velvet garlands, glistening berries and seasonal foliage (pictured)

The Great Stair leading to the state apartments has been given a festive makeover after being draped with twinkling velvet garlands, glistening berries and seasonal foliage (pictured)

To get visitors into that Christmas spirit, tours also include a complimentary glass of champagne, a mince pie and a copy of the Palace’s souvenir guidebook. 

Plus, for families looking to visit on 18 December, the Mary, Queen of Scots at Christmas Family Activity Day will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated at the Palace over 400 years ago. 

According to the official website, families can step back in time to learn a game called ‘The Feast of the Bean’, create a pomander to make the air smell sweet, enjoy traditional fiddle music and pick up a family activity trail. 

However, the Palace didn’t always hold such extravagant events to celebrate the festive period. 

After the reformation in Scotland, Mass, festivals and church holidays were abolished, and Yule celebrations were actually banned. 

The 15ft tree stands beside a newly installed painting of Charles II in the Great Gallery, which is the largest room in the Palace (pictured)

The 15ft tree stands beside a newly installed painting of Charles II in the Great Gallery, which is the largest room in the Palace (pictured)

The table is decorated with flowers, wreaths and spires of faux candied sugared fruits (pictured)

The table is decorated with flowers, wreaths and spires of faux candied sugared fruits (pictured)

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