Brighten up your winter and find some festive cheer with a visit to ‘Christmas at the Palace’ in Wells!

Despite the difficulties that 2020 has brought, The Bishop’s Palace is planning to bring some socially-distanced joy to the Christmas season with their annual festive celebrations throughout December.

Taking place from 5th – 22nd December 2020, the rooms of the medieval Palace building will each be festooned with decorations on a variety of themes, from medieval through to Victorian. The Entrance Hall will be warmed by a roaring fire, and seasonal greenery and foliage from the Palace Gardens will be used to create stunning adornments to complement the historic interiors.

Outside the Palace, the Gardens will also be dressing up for Christmas, with a winter woodland theme, and outdoor lighting and decorations in the formal gardens.

There will also be a Christmas-themed family trail which will take visitors through the Palace & Gardens, leading to a traditional nativity scene at the end.

The free area opposite the Croquet Lawn will be taken over by the new Winter Woodland Outdoor Christmas Café. With festive music and German Market-inspired food and drink, you can get into the Christmas spirit with gluhwein, bratwurst, hot chocolate and much more whilst you admire the decorations.

For younger visitors, a ticket can be bought to visit our socially distanced Father and Mother Christmas!  They will be meeting children in the Palace on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th Dec. Each family will have a chance to meet Father and Mother Christmas, and of course, receive a gift! Tickets for Father Christmas can be purchased online from 7th October 2020, and always sell out in advance.

In addition, on Saturday 12th and 19th December there will be costumed readings of Dickens’ seasonal classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’, performed by members of Wells Theatre Company, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. The shows will last around an hour and will involve costumed actors bringing this timeless tale to life in a wholly unique way. The performance is included with entrance to the Palace & Gardens but tickets are strictly limited and must be booked in advance.

Entrance to Christmas at the Palace is included in entry, Father Christmas tickets are £10 per child and no charge for accompanying adults. All visitors to Father and Mother Christmas require an additional general admission ticket (day ticket/Peoples ticket/Membership).