Christmas at the Royal Hospital Chelsea is a truly magical occasion with both the Chelsea Pensioners and staff taking part in a number of seasonal traditions. 

Our brand-new Christmas portal will keep you up to date with all the festive news from around the Royal Hospital, explain some of the wonderful traditions which take place each year and provide you with details of Christmas events going on at the Hospital and nearby.

We also have a number of Christmas gift ideas on our new-look online shop, where you can now purchase a range of gift cards, ideal for those tricky-to-buy-for loved ones.

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Chelsea Pensioner pictured Dairy UK Chair Paul Vernon, the Governor of the Royal Hospital and the ceremonial cheese
Chelsea Pensioners and Dairy UK take part in the annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses

A festive tradition dating back to the opening of the Royal Hospital in 1692 – today Dairy UK donated over 270kg of British cheeses to the Chelsea Pensioners to tide them over the festive period.

Christmas Pudding
Festivities begin with the stirring of the Christmas Pudding

The Christmas period officially got underway today at the Royal Hospital, as the Chelsea Pensioners took part in the tradition of stirring in the ingredients for the Christmas pudding.

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