There’s always a festive treat at Blenheim Palace, and with all that happened last year, Christmas at Blenheim Palace in 2021 promises to be ‘Your very merriest Christmas’. Enjoy the after dark illuminated trail in The Great Outdoors and the story of The Nutcracker re-imagined inside the Palace.
The after-dark illuminated trail sparkling in The Great Outdoors
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when over a million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun through the Palace’s picture-perfect gardens.
Look forward to some together time with family and friends as you discover glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour.
For a moment of reflection, pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze up at the larger-than-life illuminations and don’t forget to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.
A crew of talented independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer. Have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with a *spiced winter warmer or *hot chocolate shared with someone special.
It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete the trail, so wrap up warm.
The story of The Nutcracker re-imagined within Britain’s Greatest Palace
New for 2021, explore the Palace rooms, each 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….
The Christmas Market
Whether you are going to The story of The Nutcracker inside the Palace or the Illuminated Trail in the great outdoors, let your adventure begin at the Christmas Market in the Great Court.
With over 70 designer/maker craft traders housed within wooden chalets in the Great Court, the market is filled with a distinctive range of artisan ceramics, textiles, homewares, leather goods, jewellery, toys, stationery, bags, hats, and so much more.
It’s free to enter with a pre-booked parking ticket. Parking is free before 10.00am and £10.00 thereafter. Entry for the Christmas market only is from 10.00am to 3.00pm. For visitors to the palace and trail, the market is open until 20.00.
How much does Blenheim Palace Lights Trail Cost?
Prices for the Blenheim Palace Illuminated Light Trail and The Nutcracker Christmas experience depends on whether you visit during a peak time or an off-peak time, and whether you’re an annual pass holder or not.
Adult Annual Pass Holder tickets to the illuminated light trail costs £21.50 and Children Annual Pass Holder tickets cost £15.00. If you don’t have an annual pass, the prices are £22.50 for an adult ticket and £16.00 for a child ticket. Family Annual Pass Holder tickets are £70.00 for 2 adults and 2 children. Infants (aged 0-2 years on the day of the trail) are admitted for free, but stil require an entry ticket.
The Annual Pass Holder discounts do not apply on Saturday 11, Sunday 12, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December.
There is an additional £10.00 for a parking space if required. Parking is free before 10.00am, if you intend to visit the grounds before the Christmas at Blenheim Palace experience opens at 10:00am. All parking must be pre-booked.
The last entry onto the trail is 8.45pm except on on Friday 24, Sunday 26 and Friday 31 December, when it is 7.15pm.