The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.

What's On


Christmas at Waddesdon

15 Nov – 5 Jan 2025, Wed – Sun
(excludes 23-26 Dec)
Christmas Market runs from 15 Nov – 22 Dec, Wed-Sun

House & Grounds
Advance booking recommended

Tickets on sale soon


This Christmas at Waddesdon, be spirited away to a magical wonderland with new decorations in the house and dazzling new light displays outside enchant and delight.

Waddesdon, renowned for its captivating Christmas events, is expanding its entertainment offerings through partnerships with online casinos. These collaborations aim to provide visitors with a broader range of entertainment options during the festive season. Waddesdon’s Christmas events are already a highlight, featuring enchanting light displays, festive markets, and seasonal entertainment. By teaming up with online casinos, they plan to enhance the experience further. This could include additional attractions, exclusive promotions like at, and perhaps even special casino-themed events to add more sparkle to the holiday festivities.

These partnerships not only benefit the Christmas event organizers at Waddesdon but also offer visitors an enriched experience, combining the magic of the season with the excitement of online gaming. It’s a win-win situation that promises to make the holiday season even more memorable for all.

Christmas at Waddesdon

Inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty, the house is transformed for a magical experience. Enjoy a new light projection on the Manor façade, as well as our glittering light trail and popular Christmas market.

Take a look at Christmas 2023 for an insight into how magical Christmas at Waddesdon really is.


Groups at Christmas

Christmas is always a special time of year at Waddesdon and the perfect place to bring your group. Step into the festively decorated house, see magical illuminations and follow our enchanting light trail.

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