Waddesdon Manor

Christmas is always a special time at Waddesdon. The house is transformed with unique decorations. We have our Christmas fair and seasonal foods to enjoy, with ‘dazzle@waddesdon’ and Bruce Munro’s Field of Light installation lighting up the house and gardens from dusk.

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Waddesdon dining room made in gingerbread

Biscuiteers: Waddesdon Manor in gingerbread

Until 2 Jan

See Waddesdon as never before, as we’re recreated in gingerbread by the hand-iced biscuit company the Biscuiteers. Showing at the Stables.

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Field of Light 2016 in the Aviary Glade

Bruce Munro's Field of Light

Until 2 Jan
The popular Field of Light installation created by artist Bruce Munro has returned to celebrate 25 years since its conception. See 9,000 stems of light ‘bloom’ as dusk falls in our Aviary Glade. This is Munro’s biggest Field of Light ever seen in the UK.

Free with grounds admission

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visitors walking around the christmas fair

Christmas Fair

16 Nov-11 Dec

At this year’s Christmas Fair we have more than 60 exhibitors over the four weeks and you’ll experience a great selection of unusual Christmas gifts along with festive foods and drink.

More about our Christmas Fair
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Explore the gardens

Discover the gardens at Waddesdon. With the Parterre, carpet bedding, Aviary,  three-dimensional planting, sculptures, Rose Garden, and much more to experience.

Discover the gardens
Vase in front of Christmas tree

'Magical Materials' Christmas house decorations

Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm

Visit the house and see it all dressed up for the festive season. Our theme this year is ‘Magical Materials,’ inspired by some of the rare and exotic materials featured in our extraordinary collection.

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Welcome to Waddesdon’s new website

We’ve just launched our new-look website. We hope you like it as much as we do. We’ve not managed to do everything we want to yet, but have launched with pages to help people planning a visit this Christmas. We will add more about the collections and new digital features over the coming weeks and months.

Feedback and comments welcome >

Elephant Automaton

Musical elephant

The elephant automaton was one of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s most admired treasures. It was mentioned in a local newspaper report of 1889 describing the visit of the Shah of Persia, who asked to see the mechanism perform again and again.

Watch the elephant in action >

For Christmas delivery please order by Friday 16 December