The countdown to Christmas has started and Blenheim Palace is getting ready to welcome its popular Illuminated Trail back this year, between 20 November 2020 – 3 January 2021.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace is the perfect way to get into the festive mood. Get your Christmas sparkle on and be surrounded by over one million twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations – all set in majestic surroundings.

It takes between 1-2 hours to complete the trail and there are more than 20 special light installations along the way, with a picture-perfect selfie moment around every corner. 

There’s lots that’s new to see this year, including:  

  • Blue Neuron – Created from reworked heat-treated plastic bottles, Blue Neuron is a beautiful kinetic light installation with a mesmerising blue light which fizzes and dances through the branches.
  • Heart of Stars – This stunning, magical lighting effect scatters thousands of tiny refracted beams across the path leading to the Rose Garden immersing visitors within fantastical, swirling and changing patterns.
  • Water Terrace Fire Garden – Walk between pea-lit Christmas trees towards a magical mix of fire and water as the pools of the lower Water Terrace dance with the shimmering reflections of flickering flambeaux and large flame-filled sculptures.

And for the first time ever there will be a Christmas light-show finale in the Great Court.  A chance to see the façade of Blenheim Palace like you’ve never seen it before! 

Part of the reason the trail is so special is that there is absolutely no noise or light pollution. 

“You really do feel as though you are in the midst of a fairytale woodland. I am confident that a wander through our spectacular gardens, illuminated by over one million lights, will bring joy to our visitors this winter”, said Dominic Hare, Chief Executive Officer at Blenheim Palace. 

“We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that it will be a safe experience for all,” he added. 

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