Christmas at Windsor Castle

Type:Christmas

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
Windsor Castle's Crimson Drawing Room. Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022

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From Thursday 24 November, visitors to Windsor Castle will see the State Apartments transformed with shimmering Christmas trees, twinkling lights, festive garlands and a spectacular table display in the Waterloo Chamber, one of the largest and most impressive rooms in the Castle. The Semi-State Rooms, the opulent private apartments originally created for George IV, also open from 24 November for the winter months.

Highlights of this year’s Christmas celebrations at Windsor Castle include:

•    A 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir tree in St George’s Hall, grown in Windsor Great Park and dressed with 3,000 lights, hundreds of iridescent jewel-shaped ornaments, and purple velvet and satin ribbons.
•    A resplendent Christmas tree in the Crimson Drawing Room, one of the Castle’s most ornate Semi-State Rooms.
•    A festive table display of decorations and items from the Royal Collection in the Waterloo Chamber, one of the largest and most impressive rooms in the Castle.
•    Spectacular garlands on the Grand Staircase and festive wreaths adorning gates and lampposts in the Castle Precincts, featuring hand-gilded fruits and foliage inspired by the Grinling Gibbons carvings found around the Castle’s State Apartments.
•    Local school and community choirs performing beneath the Christmas tree in St George’s Hall on 8, 9, 12 and 15 December.
•    Festive family activities on weekends in December and throughout the Christmas holidays, including craft activities and workshops themed around Victorian Christmas traditions.
•    An online evening lecture on 6 December, which will see Royal Collection Trust Curators delving into the history of royal Christmas traditions and will include an exploration of rarely seen royal Christmas cards and journal entries from Windsor Castle’s Print Room.
•    A festive menu in the Castle’s Undercroft Café throughout December.
•    New Christmas products in Royal Collection Trust’s shops, including festive home accessories, charming tree decorations, food hall favourites and luxury hampers: www.rct.uk/shop.

Christmas at Windsor Castle is from 24 November 2022 to 2 January 2023. Windsor Castle is open to the public five days a week, Thursday to Monday, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets: www.rct.uk, +44 (0)303 123 7304.

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