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Christmas at Blenheim Palace

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.

Limited capacity with timed entry

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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, excluding Saturday 9th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of December 2023. 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

Friday 17th November - Sunday 17th December 2023

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….

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Our Sleeping Beauty Themed Afternoon Tea will run during the Christmas period at the Orangery. Afternoon tea can be added at the end of the Christmas booking process, you will be required to have a valid Christmas at Blenheim Palace ticket to experience the Afternoon Tea. You can view the menu below.

Christmas Afternoon Tea Menus


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).


Visit the See Tickets FAQs for more information. Read our FAQs.

*separate charges apply

Your very merriest Christmas starts here.

Limited capacity with timed entry. Plan now to secure the date and time of your choice. Book Tickets

Customer Service

This is an externally organised event, for queries regarding tickets and parking please contact The See Tickets Team. Contact See Tickets

Event Information

  • Tickets required

    Tickets to be pre-booked through See Tickets. Market only FREE.

  • Date

    17th November 2023 - 1st January 2024

  • Price

    No Blenheim Palace discounts apply to tickets, this includes NHS, Blue Light, green travel, partner codes or Tesco vouchers. 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 date of ticket purchase).

    Gift Vouchers for day visits over the Christmas period must be redeemed before booking timed Palace slots via the See Tickets website.

  • Accessibility

    Blue Badge parking at Hensington.

  • Parking

    Parking for this event is chargeable and should be pre-booked through See Tickets. Applies to all visitors and Annual Pass Holders. See FAQs for further information.

  • Dogs

    No dogs allowed in the Palace or on Trail but dogs are allowed in the Great Court for the Market.

The perfect festive day out

The perfect festive day out

Eeek eeek... have you heard about our marvellous mouse competition?

Aged 2 to 10 years old? This is your chance to design a costume mousterpiece and win a very special Blenheim Palace Christmas prize for you and your family…..

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