Sat 16 Nov 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020, Wed-Sun
Open: Mon 30 & Tue 31 Dec
Closed: Mon 23 – Thurs 26 Dec
Grounds: 11am-6pm. House: 11.30am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm.House & Grounds
Displays in the House this year explore Waddesdon’s connection to the world of music with a festive twist, from traditional Christmas carols to Christmas hits. Outside, witness the gardens illuminated with sparkling lights and colour.
Bring the family and share a festive day out gazing at the decorated house, indulging in celebratory foods and shopping for gifts.
From dusk, the grounds will come to life with a light trail around the Aviary that playfully combines colour, sound and movement. The Manor’s facade will also be bathed in light with two unique shows.
Unmissable festive highlights
This year the House decorations have taken inspiration from traditional carols to contemporary Christmas songs, from The Holly and the Ivy to Irving Berlin and a cascade of vinyl Christmas hits. You’ll find dazzling decorations and trees sparkling with lights.
Timed tickets and advance booking essential for all visitors including NT members.
(Some rooms beautifully decorated, the rest of the house is ‘put to bed’ for conservation and cleaning)
Arrive at the Stables and walk through the Coach House where you’ll see an amazing light installation.
As you wander through, dozens of orbs of light will rise and fall from the floor to the ceiling, set to a soundscape. The illuminated kinetic orbs will change in time to the audio setting.
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. This year enjoy two unique shows set to festive music.
In the Stables courtyard, two giant LED baubles will add some sparkle and provide a great photo opportunity. Step inside these dazzling baubles to capture a special festive experience.
Join us at the Stables to write your letter and Christmas list to Father Christmas. Pop it in the special letterbox and we’ll make sure it gets delivered. You may even get a reply.
£1 per letter, cash on the day
Get creative in the Coach House at the Stables. Make your very own lantern to hang on your Christmas tree. Pre-packaged lantern-making kits will be available to buy and take home.
Spaces are limited, £4 per child
Take a musical meander through the archway at the start of the woodland walk. Inspired by the Sévres porcelain ship vases in the House. You’ll see our Christmas lantern display. Each one made by local schools. Vote for your favourite.
Take a wander down Miss Alice’s Drive to see the beautiful Christmas carol-themed artwork and decorated lanterns created by local schools and see how many of these creations you recognise.
Pick up one of our free Christmas trails at the house entrance and all the family can join in the fun discovering about the collection. Free with children’s house tickets.
We’ve plenty of places for you to eat this Christmas from traditional Christmas lunches and afternoon tea served in the Manor, café culture at the Stables and pop-up, festive food to go at the Wigwam café, Manor terrace and Coffee bar.
At the Stables
Near to the Woodland Playground, just a short walk from the Manor, the Stables Café is informal and ideal for families. Sit indoors or snuggle outdoors in the Courtyard under warm blankets and sheepskin rugs.
You’ll find a great range of Rothschild wines, guest wines, spirits and food specialities perfect for festive celebrations. You’ll also find an exclusive range of bespoke jewellery, homeware, scarves and more which have all been developed from objects in our collection.
Head to the Powerhouse where you’ll find decorations, gifts, homeware and a great range of stocking fillers.
From dusk: light trail, Manor illuminations, Coach House light installation
£11 Adult, £5.50 Child, £27.50 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)
National Trust members: Free
11.30am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm
Rooms in the East Wing & Bachelors’ Wing decorated for Christmas
Wed-Fri: £26 Adult, £14 Child, £66 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)
National Trust: £5 Adult, £2.50 Child, £12.50 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)
Sat-Sun: £28.50 Adult, £15.25 Child, £72.25 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)
National Trust: £7.50 Adult, £3.75 Child, £18.75 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)