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.
Christmas visiting tips
- wrap up warmly and wear strong, waterproof outdoor shoes
- if possible bring a torch as some paths have limited lighting
- we have a lit woodchip path that can be uneven in places
- beat the crowds and visit us on a weekday, Wed-Fri
- you can find warm covered seating in the Wigwam café
- find additional sheltered outdoor seating at the Stables
- discover take-away food at the Treaterie
- our Winter Light programme of illuminated trails and light shows are better the darker it gets
- make a note of where you park so you can find your car in the dark
Unmissable festive highlights
Dazzling decorations and sparkling trees inspired by traditional carols and contemporary Christmas songs. From the Holly and the Ivy to Irving Berlin and a cascade of vinyl Christmas hits.
Advance booking of timed tickets is essential for all visitors including NT members.
Walk through the Coach House at the Stables and you’ll see an amazing kinetic light installation.
Every few minutes, dozens of orbs of light will fall and rise from the ceiling to the floor, set to a soundscape.
Follow our illuminated Winter Light trail where trees and bushes are lit up in a rainbow of colours.
Coloured light splays across the Manor’s architecture. Enjoy two unique light shows set to festive music.
See two giant sparkling LED baubles. Step inside and capture a special festive moment. The perfect photo opportunity.
Can you help Mimi conduct an orchestra? Find hidden instruments created by the Biscuiteers around the house.
Join us at the Stables to write your letter and Christmas list to Father Christmas.
Make your very own lantern to hang on your Christmas tree, in the Coach House.
Walk through the archway inspired by Sévres porcelain ship vases and see our Christmas lantern display.
Christmas food & drink, and shopping
From dusk: light trail, Manor illuminations, Coach House light installation
£11 Adult, £5.50 Child, £27.50 Family
National Trust members: Free
(Family: up to 2 adults + 3 children)
11.30am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm (pre-booking required)
Decorated rooms in the East Wing & Bachelors’ Wing
Wed-Fri: £26 Adult, £14 Child, £66 Family
National Trust: £5 Adult, £2.50 Child, £12.50 Family
Sat-Sun: £28.50 Adult, £15.25 Child, £72.25 Family
National Trust: £7.50 Adult, £3.75 Child, £18.75 Family