The house and grounds are completely sold out on Saturdays and Sundays between 2 and 17 December. There is good availability on other dates.

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Christmas at Waddesdon

Wed 22 Nov – Mon 1 Jan 2024, Wed-Sun plus Mon 1 Jan

Christmas Fair 22 Nov – 17 Dec

Grounds 12-7pm (last entry 6pm), House 12.30-7pm (last entry 6.30pm)

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This Christmas at Waddesdon, be spirited away to a magical wonderland as classic tales come to life 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.

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Once upon a time at Waddesdon...

This year the Manor transforms into a fantastical and festive wonderland with new, themed displays in the house and brand-new light projections on the Manor façade inspired by three classic tales. Go on a magical adventure as you enter the wondrous world of Alice in Wonderland, find the Snow Queen’s kingdom and fly with Peter Pan to Neverland.

This Christmas in Waddesdon, online casino players can venture into a magical wonderland where classic fairy tales come to life with new decorations around the house and dazzling new light displays outside. This year the estate is being transformed into a fantastical and festive wonderland with new themed displays in the house and brand new light projections on the front of the estate and everyone in Waddesdon will be able to try their luck at the win palace casino. In addition, online casino players will go on a magical adventure, entering the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland and finding the kingdom of the Snow Queen.
Christmas at Waddesdon 2023 Peter Pan 2 (c) Waddesdon, A Rothschild House and Garden. Photo by Tom Le Bon.

Decorated rooms in the house

Follow a longer route through the Manor’s grandest rooms, exquisitely decorated and including the Bachelor’s Wing for the first time since 2019. Discover the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the magic mirror from the Snow Queen and Captain Hook’s treasure cave as you journey through the pages of these childhood tales reimagined with sparkling installations, immersive soundscapes and mesmerising light displays by Jane Le Bon Creative and intricate sculptures by paper artist Nathan Ward.

Guildhall School projection 2017

Animated light projections

Outside, the Manor’s fairy-tale façade comes to life with spellbinding animated projections, brand new for 2023. See fantastical, festive scenes inspired by this year’s classic tales combined with magical moments featuring unique treasures from Waddesdon’s collection and bringing the Manor’s extraordinary architecture to life. These state of the art, bespoke projections are by celebrated artist Jamie Shiels who has worked on projects at Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery and the 2012 London Olympics.


Christmas Fair

Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas with hand-selected stalls all housed in charming wooden chalets, surrounded by twinkling trees. Until 17 December.

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Outdoor illuminations

Valley of orbs Winter Light Chris Lacey 2100 x 1313

Light trail

From dusk, follow a new light trail through the Aviary gardens with mesmerising new installations, more interactive elements than ever and seasonal favourites. As music fills the air, walk beneath a glowing canopy of orbs, see twinkling starbursts and spot larger-than-life 3D birds lit with fairy lights. Tap boxes will let you change the colour of the Manor’s South Front and on the Parterre, giant shooting stars make a perfect picture spot. In partnership with light art pioneers Luminism.


The Lights that Dance in the Night

Walk through the Coach House at the Stables and you’ll find artwork created by thousands of local schoolchildren, all inspired by The Lights That Dance in the Night  by Yuval Zommer. You’ll spot willow lanterns of wolves and puffins, created in collaboration with artist Michelle Dufaur, and glittering overhead will be the Aurora Borealis.


Christmas food, drink & shopping

Christmas Fair hot food, Christmas at Waddesdon 2020 (c) Waddesdon, A Rothschild House & Gardens

Food Village

The popular Food Village returns this year. Pick up delicious festive food and drink to takeaway and enjoy while exploring the grounds. From 22 Nov – 1 Jan.

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Festive afternoon teas

Book a delicious, seasonal afternoon tea including mince pies and turkey & cranberry sandwiches at the beautifully decorated Manor Restaurant. Lovingly created by our talented chefs and packed with festive treats.

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Gift & Wine Shop

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

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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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The Five Arrows at Christmas

Gather with friends and family for a festive celebration you will never forget. The Five Arrows offers the perfect festive staycation and nostalgia of Christmas.

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