Spectacular Events Return To Blenheim Palace

The countdown to Christmas has started, and stunning Blenheim Palace is getting ready to welcome back its glittering Illuminated Trail.

More than a million lights will illuminate the palace, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and its gardens between November 19 and January 2, 2022.

Twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations are all choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music.

See the palace state rooms transformed to become The Nutcracker’s fairytale workshops and enjoy a traditional Christmas Market in the courtyard with wooden chalets hosting hand-picked artisans.

Illuminated Trail

Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music

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 tunnel of light returning, it will be picture-perfect.

 The story of The Nutcracker re-imagined

The story of the Nutcracker by Culture Creative, Blenheim Palace 2021. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music

Explore the Palace’s state rooms, each one exquisitely transformed and filled with hidden surprises. There’s everything 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 fairytale 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 back the Christmas Market

Blenheim Palace courtyard at night with lit wooden cabins and visitors

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 19, 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!

Ticket prices

There is limited capacity with timed entry, so early booking is advised.

  • Combined tickets from: Adult £50, Concession: £48.50, Child (age 3-16) £30
  • Family £140 (2 adults & 2 children) plus 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 4pm
  • Free entry for carers and children aged 2 & under. Parking: £10.

Free entry to Christmas Market. Parking charges apply after 10am.

 For more information and opening times visit blenheimpalace.com/christmas

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