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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.

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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

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Unmissable festive highlights


Decorated rooms, East Wing & Bachelors' Wing

11.30am-6pm, until 5 Jan 2020 (some rooms decorated, the rest of the house is 'put to bed' for conservation and cleaning)

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.


Light in motion

11am-6pm, until 5 Jan 2020

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.


Winter Light trail

From dusk-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

Follow our illuminated Winter Light trail where trees and bushes are lit up in a rainbow of colours.


Manor illuminations

From dusk-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 5 Jan 2020

Coloured light splays across the Manor’s architecture. Enjoy two unique light shows set to festive music.


Baubles at the Stables

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Nov - 5 Jan 2020

See two giant sparkling LED baubles. Step inside and capture a special festive moment. The perfect photo opportunity.


Christmas Fair

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 22 Dec 2019

Shop from our hand-selected exhibitors all housed in charming wooden chalets.

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Family Fun


Children's House Trail

11.30am-6pm, until 5 Jan 2020. Free with children's house ticket.

Can you help Mimi conduct an orchestra? Find hidden instruments created by the Biscuiteers around the house.


Letters to Father Christmas

11am-6pm, weekends only until Sun 22 Dec 2019. £1 per letter, cash on the day

Join us at the Stables to write your letter and Christmas list to Father Christmas.


Lantern Making

11am-6pm, weekends only until Sun 22 Dec 2019. £4 per child, spaces limited.

Make your very own lantern to hang on your Christmas tree, in the Coach House.


Illuminated Woodland Trail & I Saw Three Ships by light artist Anna Whetstone

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

Walk through the archway inspired by Sévres porcelain ship vases and see our Christmas lantern display.

Christmas food & drink, and shopping


Christmas Food and Drink

We’ve plenty of options for eating and drinking this Christmas.

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Christmas shopping

Find unique and unusual gifts exclusive to Waddesdon and a selection of wines.

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Christmas tickets

Weekend tickets for decorated rooms sold out to 22 Dec. Tickets still available for Sat 28 & Sun 29 Dec and 4 & 5 Jan. Why not book for a weekday?

Hear about special release weekend tickets here>


Bringing a group

Bring along a group of friends, club or organisation to visit Waddesdon this Christmas. 15 or more people, paid 14 days before your visit qualify for our group rate.

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Party the night away

Both the Dairy and Five Arrows Hotel offer a unique atmosphere for a Christmas party. With several party packages to choose from, come and celebrate Christmas with us.

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Aylesbury foodbank collection

We’ll be collecting for the local Aylesbury foodbank this Christmas. If you can bring any non-perishable food items to Waddesdon and give something back this festive season.

More about the Foodbank>