Christmas at the Palace

9th - 23rd December 10:00am - 4:00pm

Please note: Father Christmas tickets for this event are no longer bookable online. We may have very limited spaces available via the Palace Shop on the day - however this is not guaranteed. This does not affect General Admission to ‘Christmas at the Palace’, for which unlimited tickets are available for purchase on the day at the Palace Shop.

This December, The Bishop’s Palace will be getting into the Christmas spirit by hosting “Christmas at the Palace”.

The site will be decking its halls with Christmas finery - each of the medieval rooms in the Palace will be decorated with a different Christmassy theme, exploring styles through the ages and bringing the outside in, with seasonal foliage and greenery from the Palace Gardens. Visitors will be greeted by roaring fires, a multitude of twinkling trees and a range of family friendly activities celebrating all the fun of the festive season.

The buildings and Gardens will be illuminated with colourful lighting, and a Family Christmas Star Trail will lead visitors through the Palace & Gardens, following the stars, to end at our stunning nativity scene.

Inside the Palace, discover the “Vintage Family Come & Play” room, where a variety of games and toys, representing Christmas presents from the last 100 years await you, and the East Gallery will be the location for an exhibition called “Christmas Past/Christmas Present” with memories of years gone by.

Each weekend, (9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 23rd Dec) there will be a whole host of additional events taking place - Father Christmas will be holding court in the Undercroft – there is no additional charge for this, but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance - there will be Christmas music in the Chapel from a range of different local musicians, Scrooge will be reading from A Christmas Carol, Mulled wine, mince pies and children’s drinks will be on sale and there will be special Family Christmas Craft sessions at intervals throughout the weekends.

So if you want that warm, festive feeling, just pull on your Christmas jumper and head down to the Palace this December!