23rd December Canongate Kirk 11am-3pm
Canongate Kirk, The Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle, was founded in 1688. The architecturally unique design is by James Smith, with aisles and a cruciform plan. The finely built ashlar façade is in a Dutch architectural style and the luminous, columned baroque interior was wonderfully restored by Stewart Tod & Partners in 1947. Various notable memorials in the kirkyard include the graves of Adam Smith and Robert Fergusson. The doors are not usually open on 23rd December, but you can see Christmas decorations, including a Christmas Tree which is delivered every year from the Balmoral Estate on the instructions of Her Majesty The Queen. Canongate Kirk is the parish church for the Palace of Holyroodhouse as well as Edinburgh Castle, and we look forward to welcoming locals and tourists alike to have a look round our beautiful Kirk just days before Christmas.