Two festive experiences, one unrivalled setting.
Your very merriest Christmas starts here. 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 larger-than-life illuminations and don't forget to catch a glimpse at Father Christmas along the way.
Our 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.
The story of The Nutcracker re-imagined within Britain's Greatest Palace
New for 2021, explore the Palace rooms, each one 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….
Limited capacity with timed entry. Plan now to secure the date and time of your choice.
*separate charges apply
Last entry onto the trail:
7:15pm – Fri 24th Dec, Sun 26th Dec & Fri 31st Dec
8:45pm - All other dates
For more information on the Illuminated Trail or the story of The Nutcracker, please read the FAQs
Annual Pass Holder discounts do not apply on Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec and Sat 18 & Sun 19 Dec.
If you intend to visit the grounds before Christmas at Blenheim Palace opens at 10:00am, we kindly ask that you reserve your car parking space here.