A royal Christmas at Kensington Palace

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    The Victorians knew how to celebrate Christmas. It was with their advent that “the most wonderful time of the year” really took shape as we know it, with the introduction of the Christmas card, the decorated tree and that overriding narrative supplied by that most sentimental of festive storytellers: Mr Charles Dickens.

    To tap into the Victorian spirit of Yuletide, do make a beeline for Kensington Palace throughout December. On selected dates (see below for details) this month and on into January, the halls of the childhood home of Queen Victoria herself will be decked with period-style decorations, with the very tables upon which Victoria and Albert would have exchanged gifts on display.

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    Gastronomes will rejoice in a series of “Festive Food Talks” via which food historians will recount the origins of the roast goose and Christmas pudding, and impart appetising advice from the era of Mrs Beeton. (After which, do sample Kensington Palace café’s Victorian gingerbread, gluhwein (mulled wine) and mince pies.)

    Meanwhile, on a few dates this month and during Twixtmas (between Christmas and New Year) children will be able to meet Victoria and her family, and take part in their Christmas pantomime.

    See below for dates:

    Festive Food Talks

    06, 13, 20, 27 December 2019

    Have you ever wondered where our Christmas dinner traditions come from? Hear about the origins of the Christmas pud, discover the history of roast goose and more. Enjoy a warming spiced drink from the Wassail bowl (mulled cider).

    Time: 11:45-12:00, 12:45-13:00, 14:45-15:00
    Location: Red Saloon, Victoria: A Royal Childhood, Level 1
    Tickets: Included in palace admission (members go free)

    Princess Victoria’s family panto

    07, 08, 14, 15 December. Plus, 21 December 2019 – 5 January 2020 (except 24, 25 and 26 December)

    Location: The State Bedchamber
    Times:  12:00-12:30, 14:00-14:30
    Tickets: Included in palace admission (members go free)


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