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Christmas at Blenheim Palace

November 17, 2023 - January 2, 2024

The perfect Christmas.

It’s never too early to plan the perfect family get-together

This Christmas at Blenheim Palace there will be a new trail and a new exquisitely themed Palace interior, plan now to secure the date and time of your choice.

A magical after-dark trail for 2023 – The Great Outdoors in a brand-new light

Blenheim Palace is a place where new memories are made as a multitude of twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun. Firmly positioned as unmissable within the UK’s seasonal calendar, this has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way. Discover heart-shaped arches glittering in the moonlight, glowing tunnels filled with stars and an 8 metre sphere filled with over 20,000 moving LEDs , just some of the new displays to see this year. You will also see the return of the ever-popular dancing reflections in the colourful Cascades and magical Lakeside walk.

Grab a perfectly festive bite to eat in the East Courtyard as hand-picked street food vendors bring an indulgent twist to the tempting treats on offer. Complete your walk under the stars with a *spiced winter warmer, *hot chocolate or *toasted marshmallow and share it with someone special.

The story of Sleeping Beauty with a contemporary twist

Explore the Palace rooms transformed by the retelling of this classic fairy-tale for a new generation, from the Great Hall filled by a huge glistening Christmas tree to the candle-lit bedchamber where Aurora sleeps, watched over by the Lilac Fairy. Wander through the evil fairy’s lair filled with toads, potions and menacing crows, then onto the busy castle kitchen frozen in time. Along the way watch out for spinning wheels, fluttering fairies and as the story unfolds, vines creeping everywhere. Looking for a happy-ever-after, the Lilac Fairy helps True Love to find a way through the woods and together they reawaken the castle after 100 very sleepy years….

Entry to The story of Sleeping Beauty in the Palace is free to Annual and Privilege Pass holders until 15.45. Passes will be checked on entry, only one free slot per Annual Pass. To guarantee a timed entry slot, visitors are recommended to prebook via our partner See Tickets. Parking charges apply to all visitors after 10.00am.

The Christmas Market in the Great Court

Discover a selection of treasurable gifts and enjoy some sweet indulgence as you escape the bustle of the high street. Set within the Great Court browse the wooden chalets filled with a wide range of arts, crafts and tempting treats for foodies, there’s ceramics, textiles, homewares, jewellery and so much more….

If donated, tickets for The Story of Sleeping Beauty can be converted to an Annual Pass during your Christmas visit or on the next visit (pass will be valid from the date of your Christmas visit).


November 17, 2023
January 2
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Blenheim Palace
Woodstock Oxfordshire OX20 1PP United Kingdom + Google Map

Awards & Partners

*Supported by The Visitor Economy Renaissance Programme grant funding, secured by OxLEP Business