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Christmas at Waddesdon

15 Nov – 5 Jan, Wed – Sun (plus Mon 30 & Tues 31 Dec)
(excludes Mon 23 – Thu 26 Dec)

Grounds: 12noon – 7pm (last entry 6pm), House: 12.30pm – 7pm (last entry 6.20pm)

Late night openings – Friday 22 & 29 Nov and 6, 13 & 20 Dec
Grounds: 12noon–9pm (last entry 8pm, House: 12.30pm–8pm (last entry 7.20pm)

Christmas Fair and Food Village runs until 22 Dec (12noon – 7pm)

House & Grounds
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This Christmas be spirited away to a magical wonderland at Waddesdon. The Manor and grounds will once again come alive with new displays and decorations to surprise and delight you and your family, for our most enchanting Christmas experience.

Inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty, Waddesdon is set to be transformed for a magical festive experience. Enjoy beautifully decorated interiors, new light projections on the Manor façade, a glittering light trail in the gardens and the return of the ever-popular Christmas market.

Take a peek at our trailer for a taste of Christmas at Waddesdon

Sleeping Beauty Panel by Leon Bakst

Inspired by the Tale of Sleeping Beauty

Taking a set of paintings by Russian designer Léon Bakst of the Sleeping Beauty story as inspiration, this much-loved fairytale is bought to life in the House. One of this year’s highlights is an installation by theatre designer Tom Piper MBE, in the White Drawing Room, responding to the Bakst paintings.

Outdoor Light Trail and Illuminations

Outside, experience the architecture and setting as never before as the Sleeping Beauty story is celebrated with projections on the Manor façade.
Through the grounds the spectacular landscape is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour, lights and music.

Daffodil Valley illuminated with purple and green lights for Christmas 2023
Christmas Fair at Waddesdon by night

Christmas Fair 2024 (15 Nov – 22 Dec)

Our popular Christmas Fair is also back, guaranteeing a festive shopping experience that’s not to be missed. Revel in the sights, scents and sounds of Christmas as you wander amongst specially selected artisan stalls, housed in charming wooden chalets.


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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Applications for the Fair are now open. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please fill in this form.

For other enquiries, please contact christmasfair@waddesdon.org.uk