Part of the IAO Musical Festival 2018
Part of the IAO Music Festival 2018
The Great Outdoors made magical……
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when the trees, Great Lake and waterfalls of Blenheim Palace are playfully lit and all aglow. There’s something for everyone at this festive time of year as the one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous Parkland in a magical after dark experience.
This year, the new 2017 trail is a winter wonderland inspired by the landscape itself.
Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour dripping with shards of light, larger-than-life snowflakes and baubles. Follow the path down towards Santa’s Christmas Workshop, through the twinkling tunnel and between the fibre optic waterfall that flows gently into the Great Lake where hundreds of brightly coloured boats ebb and flow. In the distance, flaming plumes flicker as the mesmerising Cascade of Fire springs to life in time to much-loved Christmas classics. As you walk back towards the Palace, wander among Singing Trees rising high into the night sky and onto Mistletoe Moment festooned by a canopy of over 100,000 pea-lights – don’t forget to watch out for Santa and his Elves along the way.
Why not 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.
The trail is approximately 1.5 miles in length from entry point to exit, with the trail about 500m from the Palace entrance. Whilst the route is designed so that it can be solely viewed from pathways, some interactive elements may invite the audience onto grass where additional pedestrian matting will be provided. There may also be some rough and steep ground to navigate at times.
Christmas at Blenheim is an event presented in the natural landscape. Whilst every effort is made to make the trail fully accessible, by its very nature it will on occasion cover difficult terrain particularly during inclement weather. In these circumstances there will be additional steward support available for assistance.
Parking can only be guaranteed if booked in advance - this can be purchased as part of your booking.
The majority of parking is a Park & Ride provision adjacent to Oxford Airport - a short 5-minute ride away from Blenheim Palace. Park & Ride buses will operate from 16.00 - 22.30. These is no extra charge for this bus ride. Please arrive at the Park & Ride 30 minutes prior to your trail start time to allow sufficient time for your parking and transfer.
This event is now off sale through Tickets Oxford. More information on tickets can be found here: