10 Nov – 2 Jan 2019, Wed-Sun
Open Mon 31 Dec & Tue 1 Jan
Closed 24-26 Dec
Both inside and out, the displays take inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s treasured artworks – from sumptuous feasts, lavish gifts and masked balls to theatre, fancy dress and fairy tales – there is something for everyone at the Christmas Carnival.
Bring the family and share a festive day out gazing at the decorated house, exploring our biggest ever Christmas fair, indulging in celebratory foods and shopping for gifts.
From dusk, the grounds will come to life with a new light show created by the Guildhall School, projected onto the Stables and inspired by the objects, architecture and gardens of Waddesdon. Beyond the Aviary you’ll discover a light trail that playfully combines colour, sound and movement, and the Manor’s facade will also be bathed in light.
Open Wed-Sun, 10 Nov - 2 Jan 2019 and Mon 31 & Tue 1 Jan (closed 24-26 Dec)
11am-6pm, 10 Nov – 16 Dec
From dusk: light trail, Guildhall School projections, Manor illuminations
Decorated rooms in the house
11.30am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm
Timed tickets, advance booking essential
House tickets available now
Unmissable Christmas Carnival highlights
This year the house decorations have taken inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s treasured artworks. You’ll find dazzling decorations and trees sparkling with lights.
Timed tickets and advance booking essential for all visitors including NT members.
Arrive at the Stables and walk through our tunnel of light, be met by beautiful light animations projected onto the walls (from dusk), and then follow the festoon lit playground path back to the Manor, with sounds accompanying your journey. All created by students from the Guildhall School.
The whole family will enjoy following our illuminated light trail. See the trees and bushes lit up with a rainbow of colours. Walk through a brightly sparkling portal and see glitter balls and wine bottles hanging from branches.
As daylight fades to dusk, the Manor’s facade will come to life as coloured light splay across the architecture highlighting Waddesdon’s distinctive decorative features. All set to festive music.
Where: Family activity room, Stables
Write your present wish list to Father Christmas and then post it in our special letter box.
Free activity, no need to book, just drop-in. Donations welcome.
Where: Coach House Gallery, Stables
Come and decorate your very own Christmas bauble, make it as sparkly as you like, ready to take home and hang on your tree.
No need to book, just drop in. £4 per bauble
Somewhere warm to sit and snack
Our Alpine Chalet across from the Manor shop courtyard, is warm and cosy, with wooden cladding and bench seating. Grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine and enjoy traditional cakes made in our kitchens.
Snuggle up in our Winter Wigwam with sheepskin rugs and wool blankets. Be warmed by one of our hearty seasonal hot pots, made in house by our Chefs, choose from turkey hot pot, beef stew, vegan curry and options for the kids.
You’ll find toasted marshmallows and handmade mince pies in the Treaterie down at the Stables. Last orders for stick waffles/waffles 5pm, pancakes 5.30pm.
You’ll find an exclusive range of bespoke jewellery, homeware, scarves, bags and more which have all been developed from objects in our collection.
Don’t miss our pop-up Christmas shop at the Stables, with decorations, fairy lights, and unusual gift ideas for the whole family, including your much loved pets.
Festively decorated and stocked full of great wines for your Christmas and New Year celebrations. Choose from individual bottles to boxed gift cases.
Party the night away
Become a member of the National Trust at Waddesdon
When booking your ticket to Waddesdon online, you now have the option to become a member of the National Trust.
Receive free entry to over 500 special places including Waddesdon, free parking at most National Trust car parks, National Trust handbook full of ideas to plan a visit, National Trust magazine three times a year and regular newsletters to your inbox.
- first select the date you’d like to visit Waddesdon
- at ‘Step 1’, click ‘show all ticket types’
- choose ‘Join the National Trust on the day’, with options for both adult and child
- proceed with your booking journey
- on the day of your visit, upon completion of your membership form at our Welcome Pavilion, you’ll become a National Trust member