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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.

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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


Decorated rooms, East Wing & Bachelors' Wing

11.30am-6pm, until 5 Jan 2020

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)


Light in motion

11am-6pm, until 5 Jan 2020

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.


Aviary garden light trail

From dusk-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

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.


Christmas Fair

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 22 Dec 2019

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with our hand-selected exhibitors all housed in charming wooden chalets.

Find our more about the Christmas Fair>


Manor illuminations

From dusk-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

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.


Baubles at the Stables

From 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

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.

Family fun


Letters to Father Christmas

11am-6pm, weekends only until Sun 22 Dec 2019

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


Lantern Making

11am-6pm, weekends only until Sun 22 Dec 2019

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


I Saw Three Ships by light artist Anna Whetstone

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

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.


Woodland Trail

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

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.


Children's House trail

11.30am-6pm, until 5 Jan 2020

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.

christmas wigwam cafe

Christmas food and drink

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.


Christmas lunches in the Manor

12pm-2.30pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

Enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the Manor Restaurant this Christmas.

Manor Christmas lunch menu>



Christmas afternoon tea in the Manor

12pm-4.30pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

Savoury treats and delicious sweet fancies, created in-house by Craig, our talented head pâtissier, served with a glass of prosecco.

Christmas afternoon tea menu>


Winter Wigwam

11am-5pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

Snuggle up in our Winter Wigwam with sheepskin rugs and wool blankets and tuck into some hearty food.


Children's Christmas lunches in the Manor

12pm-2.30pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

The whole family can join in and enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the Manor Restaurant this Christmas.

Children’s Christmas lunch menu>


Poupon's children's afternoon tea

12pm-4.30pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

Treat the kids to their own special afternoon tea inspired by ‘Poupon’ Baron Ferdinand’s beloved black poodle.

Poupon’s Christmas afternoon tea menu>

At the Stables


Stables Café

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

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.


The Treaterie

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

You’ll find selection of seasonal hot pots, soup, festive cakes, mulled wine and goodies for children.

christmas wine

Manor shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

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.


Christmas pop-up shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 22 Dec 2019

Head to the Powerhouse where you’ll find decorations, gifts, homeware and a great range of stocking fillers.


Online shop

Always open

A great selection of unique gift ideas, food items, stationery and books. Together with our impressive range of Waddesdon own and guest wines. Perfect for Christmas presents.

Buy gifts and wine online>

Party the night away


We offer a unique atmosphere at Christmas time and the perfect venue for your party, with both the Dairy and Five Arrows Hotel offering Christmas party packages.

More about Christmas parties>


Bringing your dog at Christmas

At Christmas, dogs are allowed anywhere in the grounds (including the Christmas fair) with the exception of the Aviary, Parterre, Woodland Playground and the Tunnel of Light. Please check out our doggy do’s and don’ts.

See Bringing your dog>