Christmas break

December 16 to January 7 | indoor
buy tickets

Day out during the Christmas holidays

Just imagine: tables covered with tableware, surrounded by trees with enchanting lights. It is winter at Paleis Het Loo. The most beautifully illuminated palace in the Netherlands. Come to Paleis Het Loo during the Christmas holidays. Bring your family and friends and discover the magic of light. Inside and outside. There is plenty to do for everyone!

Atmosphere impression

Paleis Het Loo during the Christmas holidays

The tables are festively laid. The silver is polished and the tableware shines. The palace is richly decorated around the Christmas holidays. Everywhere on the tables are tableware and delicacies that the Royals received as gifts. Be inspired by the gifts that have been chosen with love and made with craftsmanship.

Evergreen and the first Christmas trees

The palace is decorated with winter greenery, as was customary at the time of the residents. In the 17th century rooms (the Willem and Mary rooms) you mainly see winter greenery and flowering plants. There are no Christmas trees yet. It was not until the 19th century that Christmas trees were added to the palace. So you see them in Wilhelmina's home palace tour. The first decorations are candles, dough wreaths, ribbons and red apples or tangerines. There are also wreaths of mistletoe as a symbol of friendship, love and eternal life. Later the decorations become more exuberant.

In cooperation with The Royal Collections of the Netherlands, The Hague.

Christmas trees in the palace
Palace tours with audio guide | Paleis Het Loo
Palace tours

Christmas holiday children's activities

There is plenty to do for children. Try the treasure hunt or follow the family audio story through the palace. Make a beautiful gift bag in the craft room. Visit the Junior Palace: this cheerful court for children is a celebration of color and fun!


Make your own gift voucher or card with a wish. Tiny or huge, drawn or written, decorated or formal, it's up to you. Or design your own gift paper with stamps and stencils? Have fun in the craft room.