Christmas at Blenheim
23 November — 6 January
An illuminated trail through festive gardens It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the tree-tops glisten and the Great Lake and waterfalls of Blenheim Palace shimmer and sparkle. There’s something for everyone as the one mile glittering path winds its way through the world-famous gardens in a magical after dark experience.
New for 2018, the Blenheim Palace winter trail is brighter than ever before with 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 you 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 you pause at the flickering scented flames of the Fire Garden for a moment of tranquil reflection. As you 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 crisscrossing beams of light as they dance in time to much-loved Christmas classics. Complete your 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.
Cinderella, a festive fairy tale experience
New for 2018, Blenheim Palace will transform into the magical fairy tale fantasy world of Cinderella. The State Rooms of Britain’s Greatest Palace will be adorned with seasonal decorations and all aglow. Wander beneath garlands into rooms filled with Christmas trees glistening with ornaments, ribbons, baubles, holly and swags of mistletoe… The story begins as you are welcomed into The Great Hall, from there you wander along colonnades and through historic rooms filled with hidden surprises. The sights and sounds conjure up much-loved fairy tale characters…. 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-thanlife 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 glassinspired Ballroom, filled with laughter and dance. Midnight strikes, the clocks all chime…… as the story ends, hang your 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 and once in your finery, pose by carriages and pumpkins to recreate your very own fairy tale Cinderella moment.
For further information about dates, times and ticket prices: please visit: http://raymondgubbay.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-at-blenheim-1