The run up to Christmas means light trails and stately home displays for me, the earlier the better to get me in the mood. N will go to outdoor light trails (with a bit of moaning at crowds and me stopping for photos), but won’t go inside. So I tends to book a flexi day to visit Blenheim Palace inside. This year the palace is decorated for the Kingdom of the Snow Queen.
As an annual pass holder (albeit expired by a couple of days which I’d not noticed before arriving – phew they didn’t ask to see it, but cue me sitting in the car trying to renew), you only have to pay for parking to see the inside displays. I’d booked the first slot of the day at 10, so there were a few of us queuing waiting for it to open up.
Like always, as soon as you walk through the front door, you’re welcomed by a huge stunning tree. This year decked in icy blues and whites, with the reflection created in the mirrored floor covering.
Then it’s through to the Kingdom of the Snow Queen.
Corridors of beautifully decorated trees, gifts and mirrors.
Lights sparkling everywhere.
All telling the tale of the Snow Queen with the 2 friends Kai and Gerda, their bond over roses, and Kai being drawn away by the Snow Queen. .
All the rooms are decorated following the themes in the story and the journey that Gerda makes in trying to find and rescue Kai from evil clutches.
The library and hall was where we got to meet the Snow Queen in her icy kingdom. Complete with polar bears, falling snowflakes and the Snow Queen’s throne.
You could have your photos in the areas throughout the room, or with the Snow Queen.
This year the chapel wasn’t open but you could tie a ribbon and leave a wish in the wishing tree instead.
The palace was decorated beautifully as usual, and it was nice to have the space and quiet being the one of the first visitors to go in rather than having to wait for people to move through to take photos and read all the story.
It didn’t take long to wander around, but I emerged to the fog, and took a walk around the Christmas market stalls. It’s not the best market, but I did pick up a few treats, and a great item for a Christmas present for my friend.
It was a lovely morning well spent, and making me feel more Christmassy, and you can also check out our visit to the Blenheim light trail in 2022.
Have you been to any Christmas displays yet?