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Christmas at Windsor Castle

Release date: Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Christmas at Windsor Castle


Windsor Castle has been transformed for Christmas, with glittering Christmas trees, twinkling lights and a dining table laid for a royal feast to celebrate the festive season.

This year's Christmas display marks the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Castle following the fire of November 1992. The State Apartments have been decked with glistening gold decorations inspired by the highly skilled gilding work that was undertaken to restore the Castle's interiors. The highlight of the display is the magnificent 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir Christmas tree in St George's Hall, taken from Windsor Great Park and covered in gold decorations. In the State Dining Room, the table has been 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.

For the first time, a series of immersive performances will be staged in the State Apartments during the festive period, transporting audiences into a Victorian Christmas. Twelve evening performances of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol will be presented in the Castle's two largest rooms, St George's Hall and the Waterloo Chamber, where the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret performed Christmas pantomimes during the Second World War.

On Saturday, 9 and Sunday, 10 December, a Festive Weekend will offer a range of Christmas activities for families, including a pop-up pantomime, storytelling, festive music, a floral display, decoration-making workshops and the ever popular Bach to Baby concerts for under-fives. In addition, families can enjoy festive arts-and-crafts workshops in the Castle's Moat Room every Saturday in December.

Christmas at Windsor Castle is from 24 November 2017 to 5 January 2018.

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Watch as the Christmas tree in St George's Hall is decorated over the course of a day.