Blenheim Palace – Illuminated wonderland – 24th November to 1st January

Discover the finest view in England aglow once more from 24 November 2017 – 1 January 2018. For the second year running Blenheim Palace’s 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape and Formal Gardens will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland.

Zoe Bottrell, Director Culture Creative says: “I’m excited to return to Blenheim Palace and begin to transform the UNESCO World Heritage Site landscape. Having experienced the creative challenge of lighting the Parkland for the first time in 2016 I am excited to push the boundaries further with bigger and bolder installations, music and illuminations.”

The magical trail will wind through the landscape, highlighting Blenheim Palace’s rich history, all with the magic and wonder of the festive season. New and returning visitors can expect to see the trail take a different path, allowing them to discover and interact with the festive scenes and seasonal experiences in a new way.

The trail once more winds along the Great Lake, which will have four different scenes of floating brilliance including 300 illuminating boats crossing from side to side.

The iconic lake will also feature a giant Ducal crown, based on the Duke of Marlborough’s own formal crown. The magnificently lit crown will tower above the audience with a 20m fountain erupting from its centre.

Once more the rushing Cascades will be transformed into a festive wonder, this time the giant waterfall will be covered in flames!

Enchanting for all, the creative take on Santa’s toy workshop will see the Palace’s lakeside Boathouse become a hive of activity. A small pause along the path with allow visitors to hear the sounds of elves busying away making toys for Santa to deliver on his sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Taking into account the vast amount of infrastructure as well as getting hundreds of visitors into gardens whilst keeping them pristine in the midst of winter, adds to the zeal of making this a must-visit festive activity.

The trail has been specially designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The Great Outdoors made magical.

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