If I were a seven-year-old girl, on the 23rd November 2018 I would probably have realised all my dreams by stepping into what it looks like a real life Cinderella Palace. This year Christmas lights trail at the Blenheim Palace has definitely exceeded any expectation bringing to life the most unmissable experience of the upcoming festivities.
I admit I was very excited to participate this event. In fact, Christmas lights trails are not a tradition part of my cultural background. This because, in Italy we focus more on the decoration of the cities’ main streets/shops/squares and except for the famous Luminarie done in the city of Salerno, I rarely heard of places doing an entire walkable light trail!
Our magical night at the Blenheim Palace started at the lovely Orangery, where members of the media and press were welcomed with a taste of hot chocolate and the amazing scent of mulled wine accompanied by tasty traditional British desserts. After the warm welcome of Blenheim Palace’s director we started our visit. There are three main areas where you can start your Christmas trail visit: the Christmas market in the palace’s main court, the Cinderella experience and the Illuminated light trail.
Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Palace
The main Palace has been decorated to look like a shining Cinderella Castle. Welcomed by the most festive decorated table, guest follows an itinerary that will make discover them the Palace’s historic rooms themed accordingly, the most significant Cinderella’s characters (e.g. The Fairy Godmother or the Prince Charming). My favourite room was the one displaying the Cinderella’s couch, which looked straight out of a fairytale thanks to its perfect game of lights.
The Cinderella trail ended with the possibility of expressing your own wish at the magical tree of wishes places in the Palace’s chapel.
Illuminated Christmas Lights Trail
After the surprising visit to the Cinderella Palace, we moved to the Christmas Light trail built around the Formal gardens. If you are scared to get cold, don’t worry. Along the way, you will find little kiosks serving hot drinks and delicious mulled wine! I liked very much our walk into the darkness and lights of the garden accompanied by the most memorable Disney songs and, even better, by the perfectly chosen Harry Potter themes guiding you throughout a mysterious magical forest! Highlights of the trail include a scented Fire Garden, the Singing Trees and the amazing and tunnel of pea lights at the end of the trail.
We ended our night at the Blenheim Palace with a tour of the Christmas Market held in front of the great court and hosting an amazing showcase of British artisanship perfect for the imminent Christmas shopping! We really enjoyed our experience cannot recommend more, especially if you have children with you!
About Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is considered a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site since 1987. Masterpiece of Baroque architecture andcurrent home of the Dukes of Marlborough, the Palace is known for being the birthplaceof Sir Winston Churchill of whom you can find the grave in the Formal Garden.It looks like the architect Vanbrugh, planned Blenheim’ architecture andvisual experience in perspective with a better vision of the palace from distancerather than close. The gardens, built during the early 18th century areconsidered one of the finest example of British landscape garden stretching formore than 2000 acres. Accessing the property is not free, there is anentrance ticket of £ 27 (adult ticket), which include the access to the PalaceState rooms, Pleasure gardens, chapel and Formal Gardens.
Christmas at Blenheim Palace visit was part of an organised press trip in collaboration with Blenheim Palace but opinions are, as always, my own.