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until 3 Jan 2021


Event charge applies to all bookings

Christmas at Waddesdon is back with magical lights and the gardens aglow. Join us for festive fun with our enchanting outdoor extravaganza that will brighten the end of your year. Winter lights and illuminations look their best after dark.

Your Grounds admission ticket for Christmas at Waddesdon includes access to:

  • Christmas Fair (until 23 Dec 12noon-7pm)
  • Winter Light trail (until 7.30pm)
  • Manor illuminations (until 7.30pm)
  • When You Wish Upon a Star trail (until 7.30pm)
  • Parallels immersive performance in the Coach House (12noon-7pm) – closed from 19 Dec due tier 3 restrictions
The House and Cellars will not be open this Christmas due to social distancing.

Now in Tier 4, Waddesdon at Christmas and our Winter Light evenings and dinners in January have been cancelled. Those with booked tickets will be contacted by SeeTickets about their refunds in the next few days. Thank you for your support and patience.

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair at Waddesdon

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with 70 hand-selected stalls all housed in charming wooden chalets, surrounded by twinkling trees. 3-23 Dec 2020, Wed-Sun, 12noon-7pm

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Later opening for Winter Light (until 7.30pm)

Our grounds and light trails are staying open until 7.30pm, so as twilight falls you’ll see the gardens sparkle even more brightly with spectacular light displays bringing our extraordinary landscape to life.

Enjoy the dramatic colour and playful installations as you stroll beneath magically illuminated tree canopies transformed by moving light. From dusk, look out for the valley of flickering flames creating a sea of fire, and dozens of suspended orbs in a walk-through musical light show.


Manor illuminations

As the sun goes down, watch the spectacle of the Manor’s façade illuminated with dancing lights set to sequenced music.


When you wish upon a star

On this trail, walk down Miss Alice’s Drive, from the Woodland Café to the Stables to see a display of lanterns and stars decorated by local schoolchildren on a theme of hope, and our annual schools lightbox competition.


Parallels in the Coach House - closed from 19 Dec due tier 3 restrictions

Encounter Parallels, a light in motion creation of colourful pipes that twist and turn in an immersive performance set to a soundscape, at the Stables, 12noon-7pm.


Baubles at the Stables

Step inside giant twinkling LED baubles and capture a special festive moment. The perfect photo opportunity to share and remember.

Christmas food, drink & shopping (until 7pm)


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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Group visits

We are only able to accommodate Group bookings for Grounds visits on weekdays (Wed-Fri), this Christmas due to Covid-19 measures to cap numbers and limit crowding. Unfortunately, the house and wine cellars will not be open and we are unable to offer any group catering in our Manor Restaurant or Hotel this year. There will be hot take away food available in the Christmas Fair (until 23 Dec) and at our own outlets in the Stables, Woodland Cafe and near the Manor.

Please email [email protected] with details of your group (over 15 guests), date you’d like to visit, phone and email contact details and any catering requests.

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Accessibility at Christmas

Here are a few visiting tips to help you get around during our Christmas opening. Accompanying Carers receive free entry.

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