Christmas at Blenheim Palace

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Christmas at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is opening its doors and welcoming visitors to enjoy the Palace dressed for Christmas. From 11th November to 10th December, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive, the Palace and its courtyards will be transformed into a winter wonderland, offering visitors a truly magical experience.

Christmas Trees will sparkle in the colonnades, greeting visitors as they stroll through the Great Courtyard. Inside, glowing fires will provide a warm welcome to this unique Palace. Elegant Victorian decorations will adorn the Great Hall and Long Library adding to the traditional festive atmosphere. In the Saloon, visitors can see the Marlborough family's spectacular Christmas table decorated with sparkling silverware, beautiful crystal, flowers, ribbons and baubles.

A traditional nativity scene will be set in the impressive chapel, while carol singers, organists and brass bands will bring the music of Christmas to life at weekends. A trail for children will be running through the Palace.

Full tours of the Palace will run throughout the day, and the Churchill exhibition will also be open, offering visitors the chance to see the room in which the man himself was born. "Churchill's Destiny - The Story of Two Great War Leaders" exhibition, based in the stables, will remain open until 10th December.

Over three days from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November, Living Crafts for Christmas will celebrate the best of British crafts. Situated adjacent to the Palace, the annual event provides the perfect opportunity to find unusual gifts, from special presents to simple stocking fillers. Choose from a stunning range of the highest quality work from around seventy of the country's top craftspeople. The craftwork includes beautiful jewellery, ceramics, textiles, art, leather goods, puzzles, toys, fashions and photography. Mouth-watering festive delicacies will also be available with homemade chocolates, flavoured cheddars, seasonal pies, chutneys and more. Spiced ales, meads, and mulled wines will delight your senses and tantalise your taste buds.
From November Blenheim's own unique shops provide an array of beautiful Christmas gifts and home grown food such as Blenheim Water, Blenheim Honey and a specially selected range of champagne, wines and liqueurs. The combination of books, handcrafts, toiletries and luxurious arts and crafts, inspired by the beautiful Palace and Grounds, make shopping a delight.

From early December, visitors will also be able to buy freshly harvested, home grown Christmas trees from the huge selection grown every year on the estate.

John Hoy Chief Executive of Blenheim Palace notes that, "Christmas at Blenheim Palace last year was superb. We had a fantastic response from our visitors and this year we have once again decided to extend our season to recreate the magic."

Celebrations will culminate in a Christmas extravaganza on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.

Posted : 12/11/2006 12:44:49

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