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Christmas 2017

11 Nov – 2 Jan 2018 (closed 24-26 Dec)


House & Grounds

Tickets are selling fast for Enchanted Menagerie, decorated rooms in the house. There is some availability on weekdays.

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Join us at Christmas for Winter Light and festive fun for the whole family. Inside and out this year’s decorations are inspired by Waddesdon’s real and imagined animals.

Most of the 18th-century furnished rooms in the house are ‘put to bed’ for conservation and cleaning from the end of October to March. We open some rooms (including the Bachelors’ Wing) beautifully decorated for Christmas, this year on a theme of an Enchanted Menagerie. There is limited availability for House tickets left and so we advise visiting Wed-Fri.



£10 adult, £5 child, £25 family.
National Trust and Art Fund members free

Grounds & house

Advance booking essential for Enchanted Menagerie, decorated rooms in the house. This year there will be no house tickets for sale on the day. We advise visiting Wed-Fri.

£25 adult, £12.50 child, £62.50 family.
National Trust and Art Fund members £5 adult, £2.50 child, £12.50 family

Waddesdon Imaginarium

11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, 4.30pm-6pm

From dusk, you can enjoy a new light and sound show projected onto the Manor created by the Guildhall School. Be dazzled by roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks, fluttering clouds of butterflies and moths and spirited 18th-century portraits that lead you through a fantastical visual story of Waddesdon.

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Bleeding Heart Dove

Electric Menagerie

11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, 11am-6pm

Discover American artist Lauren Booth’s Electric Menagerie, light-based artworks throughout the grounds which evoke the Rothschild’s passion for natural history. See Waddesdon’s animals transformed into light, find a giant illuminated dragon, neon goats and parrots and even a flea circus as you explore the Aviary, Stables and grounds.

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Visiting tips for Christmas Fair

  • Weekends are proving very busy for the Christmas Fair, if you are able to come on a weekday (Wednesday-Friday) you will find it is far less crowded here.
  • If your mission is to shop we suggest you come early in the day, it’s been getting busier in the afternoons.
  • There is a limited amount of space for buggies and pushchairs on the paths in front of the Christmas Fair stalls, so please leave space for other visitors to move around too.

Tips for parking, shuttle buses and walking

  • If you are coming this weekend, be advised that it’s taking longer than normal to park cars safely so please allow extra time. Thank you for your patience.
  • We are using event parking to direct traffic from Aylesbury through a temporary entrance to an extra car park to alleviate congestion, and when necessary they are deploying temporary traffic lights to help cars exit at the end of the day.
  • Cars arriving later in the day at weekends are being parked on grass and visitors will need to walk for up to ten minutes to the ticket office and to catch the shuttle bus.
  • You may want to bring a torch too as some parking areas have limited lighting.
  • There are four buses and two big bendy buses (kids love them!) continuously shuttling visitors to the house and Christmas Fair, but if you would prefer to walk the route is lit all the way.
  • Our new, lit grass path has plastic matting and a woodchip surface. It is steep in places and after recent rain it has become quite muddy so we don’t advise this walk for anyone with a pushchair, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Our bus queue may look long but it really does move quickly.

Staying warm

  • Please wrap up in warm clothes and wear wellies or stout shoes.
  • The Powerhouse, near the Manor Shop hot drinks and snacks kiosk, offers a warm place to sit and snack. You can also find warm covered seating, with sheepskins and blankets in the Wigwam cafe, where we serve hot ‘street-style’ food, cakes and drinks including mulled wine.

What’s the best time to come?

  • If you are looking for a quieter time to visit, we suggesting coming after 10 Dec when the Christmas Fair has finished. We are open Wed-Sun until 2 Jan (except 24-26 Dec).
  • Waddesdon Imaginarium light show projected onto the front of the house is better the darker it gets, we suggest it’s the last thing on your visit.
Blue Dining Room decorated for Chrismtas

An Enchanted Menagerie, in the house
From 11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, 11.30am-6pm

This year we celebrate the weird and wonderful animals of Waddesdon. See an elephant parade inspired by an 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with birds and mythical beasts. Please note that tickets must be booked in advance.

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Family fun


Willow Lantern Walk

From 11 Nov – 2 Jan 2018
An illuminated trail down our woodland walk, featuring willow lanterns by local schools and a specially commissioned artwork by light artist Anna Whetstone.

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Letter Writing to Father Christmas

From 11 Nov – 23 Dec
Pop into the Stables and write your letter and Christmas list to Father Christmas.

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Children's House Trail

From 11 Nov – 2 Jan 2018
Included in the children’s house ticket, pick up one of our free trails at the house entrance and have fun discovering unusual aspects of the collections.

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Winter Light interactive map

Check out our interactive map showing where Lauren Booth’s artworks and other Christmas activities can be seen throughout the grounds.

Explore the map >

Unmissable seasonal highlights

While the main rooms in the house are ‘put to bed’ for winter, we open some rooms beautifully decorated for Christmas. Watch this short video and see the house and grounds sparkle at Christmas.

Putting the house to bed>

christmas wigwam cafe

Christmas food and drink


Festive afternoon tea in the Manor

Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Savoury treats and sweet fancies served with a glass of prosecco.

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Festive lunches in the Manor

Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the Manor Restaurant this Christmas.


Wigwam café

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Barney Wrobel returns in a bigger and better Wigwam Café, serving street food, hot chocolate, mulled wine and homemade cakes.


The Treaterie

Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Head to the Stables courtyard where you’ll find toasted marshmallows and handmade mince pies in the Treaterie.

glow shop neon christmas

Christmas shopping


Christmas fair

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 15 Nov – 10 Dec

Our Christmas Fair promises to be more spectacular than ever. For the first time, set against the enchanting backdrop of the floodlit North Front of the Manor. Included in your grounds ticket.

See this year’s stallholders>


Christmas shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

Head to the Coach House at the Stables and find our Christmas shop with fantastic gift ideas and beautiful decorations.


Glow pop-up shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

Visit our pop-up neon shop with glowing gifts and stocking fillers galore from 11 November in the Coach House at the Stables.


Manor shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

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


Wine shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

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


Online shop

If you can’t visit us in person then visit our online shop. With a great selection of unique gift ideas, books, stationery and food items. Together with our impressive range of Waddedson own and guest wines. Perfect for Christmas presents.

Buy gifts and wine online>


Late-night shopping for National Trust members

Wed 15 November
If you’re a National Trust member come and enjoy an evening of late-night shopping for all your Christmas gifts. Receive 10% discount and a glass of wine while you shop.

Don’t forget to bring your membership card.

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Somewhere warm to sit and snack

young mother and baby

The Powerhouse is a heated indoor space you can take hot drinks and sit inside, feed a young baby or get children out of the cold. Opposite the Manor shop courtyard. Open 11am-6pm.

Gloved hands clasp steaming hot chocolate

Party the night away

Waddesdon Manor offers 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.

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