12 Nov-11 Dec 2005. Blenheim Palace will be decked out in traditional Christmas style for four weeks in the run-up to the festive season. Visitors will find an avenue of Christmas trees alight with sparkling fairy lights as they enter the courtyard. The State-rooms and the Great Hall will be decorated with garlands and warmed by the glow of firelight and there will be a huge Christmas tree in the Long Library. A nativity scene in the chapel and baroque decorations on the theme of the Twelve days of Christmas complete its transformation. On weekends, musicians, performers and carol singers provide entertainment, whilst the Blenheim shop offers Christmas gifts, cards and decorations, as well as the palaces own preserves and liqueurs. 18-20 Nov Blenheim plays host to the third edition of the Living Crafts for Christmas Fair, a chance for British craftspeople to show their wares. From jewellery and ceramics to works of art, the craft fair has something for every Christmas stocking and offers a range of seasonal specialities too, including delicious home-made mince pies and plum puddings. Admission to Craft Fair plus Palace 11.50, seniors 9, children 6 under-5s free. Wed-Sun 10.30-16.45.
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Blenheims Christmas and Crafts Fair
Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site, is located at Woodstock, eight miles north of Oxford on the A44 Evesham road. Bus 20 from Oxford British Rail station leaves for Woodstock every 30 minutes. Tel. (+44) 08700 602080, email: operations@blenheimpalace
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