Christmas trees on the North Front

Groups & Schools

Groups at Christmas

Christmas is always a special time of year at Waddesdon and the perfect place to bring your group. In 2019 we celebrate Christmas music with beautiful decorations, carols and festive songs to accompany your house visit. Outside we continue with our winter light theme in the gardens and a festive light installation meanders through the Coach House at the Stables.

We’re delighted to announce we have won ‘Best Christmas Experience’ at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2019.

Bring your group and share a festive day out gazing at the decorated house themed around Waddesdon’s connection to the world of music with a festive twist. From traditional Christmas carols to Christmas hits. Our hugely popular Christmas Fair will once again be held on the North Front. With over 80 local and independent artisan producers, indulge in celebratory foods and shop for gifts.

Group admission & prices

To get the group visit rate, your group needs to be 15 or more people, paid in total 14 days before your visit.

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Group adult ticket £10.50 Group child ticket £5.25 National Trust & Art Fund members free

Decorated rooms

Group adult ticket £21 Group child ticket £11.50 National Trust & Art Fund members £5


Full payment must be made 14 days in advance of your visit for everything booked.

You can pay by: Credit/Debit card over the phone, 01296 820414. Bank Transfer (BACS). Pro Forma on request. One cheque made payable to ‘The Rothschild Foundation’. Please post for the attention of group bookings.

Umissable Christmas highlights


Christmas decorated rooms - East Wing & Bachelors' Wing

11.30am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 6 Jan 2019

This year we celebrate the history of Christmas music. You’ll find beautiful themed decorations and trees sparkling with lights, while carols and festive songs play in the rooms.


Aviary light trail

From dusk-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 6 Jan 2019

The whole family will enjoy following our illuminated light trail leading you around the Aviary garden. See trees and bushes lit up with a rainbow of colours. Mirror balls and wine bottles lit from within hang from branches and lights dance to the melody of music as you walk by.

Winter Light Trail, Winter-Light-Christmas-2018-Adam-Hollier

Stables illuminations

Trees, foliage and bushes are lit with colour as you make your way down to the Stables. Inside the Coach House be dazzled by an overhead indoor lighting display and then head outside for the perfect photo opportunity inside two giant Christmas baubles.

Mince pies, christmas cake and puddings

Christmas food and drink

We know that most groups want to eat together and to ensure this is possible we offer a range of advance booking options for groups in our atmospheric Manor Restaurant.


On arrival

In the Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel 10.30am.

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Christmas lunch

We’ve three venue options, the Manor Restaurant, Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel and The Dairy. Sittings at 12pm or 2.30pm.

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Christmas afternoon tea

Sittings at 12pm or 2.30pm in the Old Coach House or 5pm in the Manor Restaurant.

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Christmas shopping


Manor shop

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

You’ll find an exclusive range of bespoke jewellery, homeware, scarves, bags, and more which have all been inspired from objects in our collection.


Wine shop

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

Festively decorated and stocked full of great wines for your Christmas and New Year celebrations. Choose from individual bottles and boxed gifts cases.

christmas wine

Online shop

If you can’t visit us in person browse our online shop instead. We’ve a great selection of unique gift ideas, books, stationery and food items. Together with our impressive range of Waddesdon own wines and guest wines, with special gift cases for Christmas.

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