I love Blenheim Palace! It is one of my favourite places to visit so I’ve been several times at different times throughout the year. It is such a vast place I still haven’t got round to seeing everything!
When I heard they were doing an illuminated Christmas Lights Trail this year I just had to go! By the time I had got around to booking tickets I could only get the latest entry time (8:00pm) on a Sunday evening but knew it would be worth doing!
There is a Christmas market on at the same time and lots for the kids to do including carousel rides and the Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Palace Experience.
When we got there it was almost time for our 8pm time slot but we were stunned at how busy it still was! Despite pre-booking a time slot we still had quite a wait in the queue which was a bit disappointing, especially as it was a bit too cold to just be standing around! Still, at least it wasn’t raining!
Along the lights trail you will encounter a gingerbread house; complete with music and light show;
Stunning “running water” lights;
Beautiful red glowing poppies hanging from stunning woodland trees (the photos don’t do these justice!)
Light arches and displays on the water;
Glowing bridges, waterfalls and snowflake lights;
An absolutely stunning light tunnel (my favourite of the whole trail);
There are lots and lots of other things to see as well, but for the grand finale – the palace shows off an incredible music and light show!
Believe me when I say that photos really do not do it justice, it is breathtaking!
Tickets were £16 per adult however the parking situation did annoy me slightly as you have to pre-book and pay for on-site parking for this event. I don’t think this was made particularly clear when I was booking it and as the car parking on site had sold out, it wasn’t showing as being available to include as part of my order. It was only once I had paid for two non-refundable tickets and received a “need to know” email from Blenheim Palace that I had to make other car parking arrangements.
I couldn’t get on site parking and the nearby park and ride car park had also sold out so I was really grateful when hubby offered to drive Mum and I to the event and to even wait for us nearby whilst we went around the trail! The event itself was wonderful but this drama beforehand did make things a bit stressful!
Still, I would definitely go back again and thought it was well worth the cost of the ticket! It certainly made me feel very festive!