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Christmas at Windsor Castle

Type:Christmas

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
Christmas at Windsor Castle: Christmas tree in St George's Hall

About

Between 30 November 2019 and 5 January 2020 visitors to the Castle will see the State Apartments decked with twinkling lights, garlands and shimmering Christmas trees to celebrate the festive season. 

The highlight of Windsor Castle’s display will be the magnificent 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir Christmas tree in St George’s Hall, taken from Windsor Great Park and dressed with hundreds of iridescent glass and mirrored ornaments. 

Festive decorations will be spread throughout the State Apartments and Semi-State Apartments, the private rooms of George IV that are only open to visitors during the winter months. 

2019 celebrates the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 2019.  The Octagon Dining Room will feature a special display of gifts exchanged between the royal couple during the many Christmases they spent together at Windsor Castle. In the State Dining Room, the table will be laid with silver-gilt pieces from the spectacular Grand Service, commissioned by George IV and still used today by The Queen and her guests at State Banquets.

On selected dates in December, visitors can enjoy a Private Evening Tour of Windsor Castle.   Tours are led by an expert guide and offer a special behind-the-ropes experience.  All tickets include a glass of champagne, a copy of the Official Souvenir Guide and a 20% discount at Royal Collection Trust shops.

Every Saturday in December, families can enjoy Christmas-themed arts and crafts workshops, as well as festive storytelling in the State Apartments on selected Saturdays.

Please visit the main Windsor Castle page to view the provisional closure dates this winter.

Other Christmas events include:

The Christmas Carol in Victorian England, Thursday 5 December 2019 

In the glorious setting of St George's Chapel, former Lay Clerk John Heighway shares the history of some Victorian English carols.  The lecture will be accompanied by performances from four Chapel singers. This lecture will be a festive start to the season and is the event finale as part of our bicentenary celebrations for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's birthdays.  More information>

A Victorian Yuletide, Saturday 7 December 2019

Take part in a variety of festive, Victorian-themed activities for adults and families including Victorian cookery demonstrations with food historian Annie Gray, carol concerts, storytelling, and decoration and candle-making workshops.  More information>

The Magic of Christmas Past, Saturday 14 December 2019 & Saturday 21 December 2019

Enter into the Christmas spirit with our magical storyteller, Olivia Armstrong. Settle down in the glittering State Apartments and discover how, thanks to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Windsor Castle became the home of Victorian Christmas traditions. Storytelling sessions will take place at 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30.  Festive arts and crafts for children will also be available on these dates.  More information>

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Christmas at Windsor Castle (30 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020)
DayTimes
The Christmas Carol in Victorian England (5 Dec 2019)
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Thursday18:15 - 19:15
A Victorian Yuletide (7 Dec 2019)
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The Magic of Christmas Past (14 Dec 2019 - 21 Dec 2019)
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Saturday11:30
13:30
14:30

* Please visit the main Windsor Castle page to view the provisional closure dates this winter (see the link in the 'About' section)

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