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Oxfordshire - Blenheim Palace

8th November -14th December 2014

Christmas celebrations commence at Blenheim Palace. Visitors can expect a warm welcome with plenty of seasonal experiences, things to see and do.

Blenheim Palace will be transformed by sparkle and splendour, as the theme for this year's decor will be 'Glitter and Gold'. The Great Hall, Saloon and Long Library will be decked with festive decorations throughout the Christmas period, and in the Great Courtyard Blenheim Palace's own trees will feature covered in lights.

Visitors can learn more about Blenheim Palace's Christmas traditions with an exclusive talk and tour. 'Christmas – Past and Present at Blenheim Palace is a journey from the Victorian era to the present. Guides will describe how current staff transform the Palace each November into a Christmas feast for the eyes.

For more information visit or call 0800 849 6500 (free 24hour recorded info) To purchase tickets in advance visit
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Snow Scene at Blenheim Palace

Families can enjoy the living statues in the Palace on the 15th - 16th of November appearing throughout the day; as well as Bletchingdon Silver band playing winter carols in the afternoon of the 6th and 7th of December. School choirs will also be singing in either the Library or Great Hall on the 7th, 13th - 14th of December. Christmas stilt walkers will welcome families into the Palace on 8th and 9th November and 29th and 30th November.

Once again the courtyards of Blenheim Palace will be transformed for the 'Living Crafts for Christmas', 20th – 23rd November, a highlight of the festive season at Blenheim Palace. For the first time this year the much-loved event is extended to four days. Over 150 British designer-makers will be showcasing high quality, contemporary craft, where visitors can choose perfect presents for all the family, from individual gifts and special commissions to simple stocking fillers.

Children will love travelling on the train through the Christmas Tunnel to Blenheim Palace's Pleasure Gardens where they can discover the 'Twelve days of Christmas trail' finding clues and competing to win a Christmas hamper full of festive treats. Christmas time would not be complete without Santa's Grotto. Father and Mother Christmas will be in residence on the 7th, 8th, 13th and 14th of November from 10am until 5pm
Blenheim Palace's contemporary exhibition by celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei continues throughout the Palace and Formal Gardens until 14th December. Amongst the 50 artworks will be 'Soft Ground', a site-specific carpet measuring 4510cm by 200cm displayed in the Great Hall; alongside hand-painted porcelain plates with 'freedom flower' details in the China Ante Room and 'Sunflower Seed Stools', also crafted in porcelain, amongst Ai Weiwei's other works. These sit amongst the traditional splendour in Blenheim Palace and Formal Gardens at Christmas time. Festive Shopping and Dining

During the festive season at the Palace there will be superb festive dining options with delicious festive menus in our café's, a spot of luxury will be provided by the new Champagne Bar, and festive Sunday lunches in the Orangery or Festive Afternoon Tea in the Indian Room will be available to book. The wonderful Palace shops will provide a variety of Christmas gifts and decorations inspired by 'The Story of the Three Kings', as well as traditional Christmas foods, hampers, wines and champagnes. From December, freshly cut Christmas trees will be on sale.

For information call 08700 60 20 80

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Blenheim - Great Hall

Blenheim Palace during Advent
A Palace, Park and Gardens ticket is required for visiting the Palace decorated for Christmas. You can either buy it online or at the gate. Your Palace, Park and Gardens ticket can be upgraded to an Annual Pass, which entitles you to get 12 months FREE!

Winter Walks in the Park

Set in over 2000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped Parkland and during the winter closed season, the stunning Park remains open for winter walks. There are breathtaking views from Vanbrugh's Grand Bridge across the magnificent lake and rolling landscape. The Park is open daily from 9am (last admission 4.45pm or dusk) except Christmas Day.
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