Get ready to sparkle with over a million lights this Christmas at Blenheim Palace
The countdown to Christmas has started and stunning Blenheim Palace is getting ready to welcome its glittering Illuminated Trail back this year, between 19 November and 2 January 2022.
Get your Christmas sparkle on, and see Blenheim’s majestic gardens as you’ve never seen them before. Be surrounded by over a million twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations, all choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music.
See the palace state rooms transformed to become The Nutcracker’s fairy-tale workshops and enjoy a traditional Christmas Market in the courtyard with wooden chalets hosting hand-picked artisans.
- Christmas at Blenheim Palace – Illuminated Trail
The illuminated trail returns but follows a brand-new route that takes you across the South Lawn and into the woods beyond. View the moon and the stars reflected in the Lake – as the constellations seem closer than ever before, firework trees fizz with lights that flash up from the undergrowth and along the branches. There are stars and baubles where you least expect them, a rainbow effect in the laser garden and, for the first time in the UK, a new installation from French light artists TILT, Bloom will rise high into the night sky. With favourites like the Water Terrace fire garden and Christmas Cathedral [EH1] returning, it will be picture-perfect.
- The story of The Nutcracker re-imagined for Britain’s greatest palace
Explore the Palace’s state rooms, each one exquisitely transformed and filled with hidden surprises – from the toymaker’s workshop on a frosty Christmas Eve; through the glistening Land of Snow and onto the candy-cane Kingdom of Sweets adorned with the sweetest of treats and larger-than-life gingerbread men. It’s a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, from a dashing Nutcracker Prince and an army of mice to a Sugar Plum Fairy and a music box with a difference. This fantastical winter wonderland is where the magic really begins….
- Welcoming the return of the Blenheim Palace Christmas Market
Taking place beneath the stunning backdrop of the baroque Oxfordshire Palace, visitors can escape the bustle of the high street and soak up the yuletide atmosphere at the Christmas Market which returns from 19 November – 19 December 2021. The traditional wooden chalets will be showcasing a range of festive treats from designer-makers and artisan food and drink producers.
Christmas at Blenheim Palace provides a special way to celebrate the festive season with an unmissable experience. The trail is designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Tickets are selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment: https://christmasatblenheim.com
Admission: Limited capacity with timed entry, early booking advised
Combined tickets from: Adult £50, Concession: £48.50, Child (age 3-16) £30,
Family £140 (2 adults & 2 children). Parking: £10.
Annual Pass Holders*: Adult £21.50, Child (age 3-16) £15,
Family £70 (2 adults & 2 children). *Price applies for entry into the Palace before 4.00pm
Free entry for carers and children aged 2 & under. Parking: £10.
Free entry to Christmas Market. Parking charges apply after 10.00am.
The story of the Nutcracker by Culture Creative, Blenheim Palace 2021. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music
Fire Garden by pa-BOOM, My Christmas Trails 2020. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music
About Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This masterpiece of 18thcentury Baroque architecture boasts over 300 years of history and is a World Heritage Site, surrounded by more than 2000 acres of ‘Capability Brown’ landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.
Not only an iconic part of history, Blenheim Palace is a living and changing experience with a wealth of events, themed tours and exhibitions throughout the year.
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About Sony Music
Sony Music has been delivering illuminated Christmas trails for over eight years. Each trail is carefully designed to showcase the natural and unique environment of the individual location. There are currently 22 trails across the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia within the My Christmas Trails and Lightscape portfolios.
The chosen partners for national and international heritage and prestigious venues include: Blenheim Palace; The National Trust; Forestry England; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Botanic Gardens, Chicago, USA and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
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About Culture CreativeCulture Creative is a creative project and production management company based in the North East of England. The Company works across a wide range of cultural fields including art, sport, heritage, tourism, festivals and events, developing projects from concept to delivery. Since 2013 Culture Creative has worked closely with Sony Music to create illuminated trails in various venues across the UK and overseas.
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