The Royal Pavilion has been putting its Christmas decorations up across the palace ahead of an exciting festive programme of events.

The historic palace in Brighton has been transformed into a winter wonderland, with a host of family fun activities and Christmas cheer over the festive season.

Visitors to the Royal Pavilion will be able to meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto for the first time in many years, with guests able to book a private time slot with the magical gift-giver.

Christmas trees across the palace have been lavishly decorated in recent days ahead of the festive season, with one inspired by the exotic interior of the pavilion and a recreation of the Christmas tree of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The tree appeared on the cover of the Illustrated London News in 1848, capturing the public imagination, with Christmas trees being found soon after in homes across the country.

The mischievous Royal Pavilion mice also making their return this year, with visitors encouraged to look out for them as they celebrate Christmas with parties, delicious food and gifts in mini-sized scenes throughout the palace.

Children will also be able to buy their own mouse to take home, with mice chefs, artists, dancers and even a space mouse among the gifts available to buy from the pavilion’s shop.

A range of events will also be taking place, with tickets available for a carol concert in the Royal Pavilion’s music room, as well as a Christmas tree decorating masterclass, a wreath-making workshop and a glamorous Christmas banquet.

CEO of Brighton and Hove Museums Hedley Swain said: “This year, we’re thrilled to welcome back a very special guest to the Royal Pavilion estate.

“Families will be able to have a magical day visiting Father Christmas and enjoying our fun Regency mice trails and festive Christmas decorations.

“There is so much to do in our venues with Christmas craft workshops to fascinating talks about the history of Christmas.”

The festivities at the Royal Pavilion will take place from November 18 until January 2.