This Christmas Blenheim Palace will be transformed, both inside and out, showcasing the biggest Christmas ever to take place at the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site.
With a new indoor Cinderella experience taking over the Palace State Rooms during the day and a bigger and better Christmas light trail illuminating the ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland in the evening; visitors can expect an incredible festive experience from November 2018.
Cinderella: The Fairytale Experience
New from 23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019, the State Rooms of Britain’s Greatest Palace will be adorned with seasonal decorations as it transforms into a Cinderella experience. Wander beneath garlands into rooms filled with Christmas trees glistening with ornaments, ribbons, baubles, holly and swags of mistletoe…
The story begins as visitors are welcomed into The Great Hall, from where they wander along colonnades and through historic rooms filled with hidden surprises. The Stepmother’s drawing room is set for Afternoon Tea, the Ugly Sister’s room is bright and bold, scattered with clothes, books and shoes, whilst Cinderella’s room is home to her delicate hand-made gown.
Walk through a larger-than-life storybook into the crystal world of The Fairy Godmother, then along to the Prince’s charmingly grand room.
The Long Library is transformed into a glass-inspired Ballroom, filled with laughter and dance. Midnight strikes, the clocks all chime….. as the story ends. Visitors can hang their own wish upon the Wishing Tree in the romantically candlelit chapel.
Don’t forget to visit the Stables to rummage through the dressing up box. Become a King, Queen, Prince or Princess for the day. Once in your finery, pose by carriages and pumpkins to recreate your very own fairy tale Cinderella moment.
New Christmas Market in the Great Court*
Christmas at Blenheim Palace will also be hosting a brand new extended Christmas market.
Escape the bustle of the high street and soak up the festive atmosphere of the Christmas market set against the magnificent backdrop of the Great Court. Filled with a variety of hand- picked, irresistible gifts, unique works by a range of designers and tempting treats for foodies, it’s the perfect addition to a Christmas day out at Blenheim Palace.
With ceramics, textiles, homewares, leather goods, jewellery, toys, stationery, bags, hats and so much more, it is the perfect place for visitors to begin their Christmas shopping!
The Illuminated Trail
Christmas at Blenheim Palace returns from 23 November, 2018 – 1 January 2019, illuminating England’s finest view with a bigger, brighter and more spectacular evening trail than ever before.
New for 2018, visitors can expect over a million pea-lights, lasers and projections. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and dripping with silvery shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles.
From the delicate and twinkling to the grand and spectacular, follow the lakeside path past the Gingerbread House and under hundreds of larger-than-life glowing flowers suspended in the branches. Sparkling hedgerows and tunnels lead visitors to a brand new Field of Light and on towards a garden filled with jewel-like, colour changing globes. There are hidden surprises too – watch out for Bubble Path before pausing at the flickering scented flames of the Fire Garden for a moment of tranquil reflection.
As visitors walk through a Canopy of Light festooned with over 100,000 pea-lights, the mesmerising voices of Singing Trees can be heard in the distance. Don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas and his elves along the way before you pause at the Water Terrace Finale to enjoy the jumping water jets, projections and criss-crossing beams of light as they dance in time to much-loved Christmas classics.
Visitors can complete their stroll under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Gather to toast your own marshmallows at one of the fire pits, ride the vintage Carousel and enjoy other traditional fare before browsing Blenheim Palace’s well stocked gift shop.
What: Christmas at Blenheim Palace
When: 23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019*
Why Visit: New for 2018, enjoy a magical festive Cinderella experience in the magnificent State Rooms and discover a bigger, brighter and more spectacular festive trail around the ‘Capability’ Brown parkland of Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP #christmasatblenheimpalace