What does Christmas mean to me? Well, I quite like the traditional stuff: turkey, presents and family (not necessarily in that order). I’ve discovered that I also like this new phenomenon of Christmas light displays. Kew Gardens does it (you need to book early) and so do countless stately homes around the country, including Blenheim Palace near Oxford.
So, what is a Christmas light show? Well, at Blenheim Palace it includes an hour and a half of wandering amid stunning light displays, much of which is set to music. Our kids enjoyed traditional fairground rides and, to my delight, there was good quality, affordable food and drink to warm us before and after exploring the glowing grounds of Blenheim Palace.
We visited Blenheim with our two children (aged 6 and 3) and some friends of ours and we all agreed it was a great evening. Actually, that’s a slight exaggeration, the kids found the walk in sub zero temperatures to be a bit long and cold but they were pretty impressed by the lights.
The highlight for me was the trees, which glowed all manner of colours, simple but effective.
I also loved the little boats floating in the lake, impressive stuff.
The kids enjoyed a walkway of suspended bulbs, like a glowing curtain. This feature was towards the end of the light display, a useful highlight to distract the children from their frozen toes.
Father Christmas and one of his helpers also made an unexpected appearance at Blenheim Palace. I hope they’re both paid well, that must be a very chilly job.
So, if you’re in the area, there’s still time to visit the Christmas Lights at Blenheim Palace (on until New Year’s Day). Otherwise, if you’re reading this in 2018, there’s always next Christmas.
Tickets cost £16.50 for adults, £10.50 for children and under 5s are free.
I’d recommend paying for on-site parking at £10 as it would be very chilly waiting for the park and ride at the end of your evening.