Christmas 2020 at Blenheim Palace

Christmas at Blenheim Palace 2020

There's always a festive treat at Blenheim Palace, and despite all that has happened this year, Christmas is still happening at Blenheim Palace, although a little differently this year.

From the Heart of the Stars scattering shards of light across the lawn to a scented fire garden that adorns the Water Terrace, there are bright lights for winter nights in the 2020 Blenheim Palace illuminated light trail. Walk towards dynamic, colour-changing neon tunnels, lakeside reflections and onto a mesmerising place where, beneath the branches of a sprawling tree, softly glows the fairy-fire known as Will-o-the-Wisps.

It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete the trail which has more than 20 special light installations along the way. And for the first time ever there will be a Christmas light-show finale in the Great Court which offers a chance to see the façade of Blenheim Palace like you’ve never seen it before.

Unlike last year, where the magic of "Alice in Wonderland" was exquisitely captured in an enchanting experience, sadly there isn't a theme in the palace this year. There are some decorated Christmas trees throughout for a little festive feel. And although the halls are not decked as much, the lit fires give a warm welcome to the lavish staterooms.

Make some time to enjoy the contemporary art exhibition by Cecily Brown. Made up entirely of new works inspired by the Palace’s collection, this major solo exhibition by the acclaimed British artist features British heritage and aristocracy as it's subject. We were fortunate to have attended before lockdown, and you'll find a rather handy review of the exhibition here.

Cecily Brown, The Triumph of Death, 2019, oil on linen, 4 parts each 268 x 268cm
Image: Cecily Brown, The Triumph of Death, 2019, oil on linen, 4 parts each 268 x 268cm

And, if so any reason, you can't make it to Blenheim Palace this Christmas, hopefully, things will be back to some degree of normality this time next year for you to see the story of The Nutcracker adorn Blenheim Palace for Christmas 2021.

The festive atmosphere of the Christmas market set against the magnificent backdrop of the Palace is one major part of Christmas at Blenheim, that sadly, will be missing this year as the Blenheim Palace Christmas Market 2020 was cancelled.

But if you miss the wooden chalets filled with a variety of hand-picked, irresistible gifts and tempting treats then here are some pictures from 2019 for you to reminisce.

How much does Blenheim Palace Lights Trail Cost?

Prices for the Blenheim Palace Illuminated Light Trail 2020 depends on whether you visit during a peak time or an off-peak time.

Peak time prices are £15.00 for children aged 3 to 16, and £21.50 for adults. Off-peak prices are £13.00 and £19.00 respectively.

Off-Peak days are 20, 22 & 26 November, and 02, 07, 08, 09, 14 & 15 December. The light trail is closed on 23, 24, 25 & 30 November, and 01 and 25 December.

You can book tickets here and in the unlikely event that the trail is cancelled, you'll be able to transfer your ticket to 2021 or get a refund.

How much is parking at Blenheim Palace?

There is free parking before 12.00 and £10.00 afterwards. Parking must be pre-booked.