Christmas at the Palace

8th - 22nd December 10:00am - 4:00pm

Christmas at the Palace returns this year - join us for a fortnight of beautiful decorations and festivities.


The historic rooms of the Palace buildings will each be decorated in a different theme, with a roaring fire in a Medieval setting and hand-made Victorian style decorations, many of which will be sourced from the Palace Gardens. Christmas trees will be lit around the Palace, kindly supplied by Mendip Christmas Trees.

The interior of the Palace will be illuminated, and a Family Trail will take visitors on a path through the Palace & Gardens, leading to traditional nativity scene at the end.

Each weekend, (8th & 9th, 17th & 18th, 22nd Dec) Father Christmas will take up residence in the Long Gallery, along with his wife Mother Christmas!  In addition, there will be Christmas carols in the Chapel from a range of different local musicians, and Wells Theatre Company will bring you ‘A Christmas Carol’ - costumed storytelling by the fire from a cast actors and musicians.

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, including the chance to make some beautiful Christmas decorations. 

On the first weekend of the event (7th - 9th December), Christmas at the Palace will be enhanced by “Deck the Halls” a Winter Flower Festival with the NAFAS South West Area Competitions. There will be hands-on floristry sessions, festive floral displays and the chance to see some truly amazing floral arrangements

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

Father Christmas
Father Christmas tickets: £5 per child, including under 5s (includes entrance to Palace & Gardens). All children must be accompanied by a paying adult or Member. Paying adults should purchase their tickets for the event at the Palace Shop on the day of visit. Father Christmas tickets available online HERE

As they were extremely popular last year, and all the slots sold out, make sure to book your tickets early (there is an additional charge to visit Father Christmas).

Apart from Father Christmas, all other events during Christmas at the Palace are included in standard admission.

Christmas at the Palace is kindly sponsored by Country Baskets and Mendip Christmas Trees.