Important update - Christmas at Waddesdon.
All tickets Sold Out for Sat 7 Dec 2019. Please only make the journey if you have pre-booked tickets.

Due to our very wet autumn some parking areas are too muddy to use, so over Christmas weekends we are having to limit the number of cars. For remaining Christmas weekends, ALL visitors will need to book their Grounds tickets in advance. This includes National Trust members - who can book for free online.

Whenever you come this Christmas, please wear suitable sturdy and waterproof footwear as there are some unavoidably muddy areas.

What's On



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.

House & Grounds
Please see admission prices below
Christmas Go to... Opening & tickets Visiting tips Christmas highlights Family fun Food & drink/shopping Groups/Christmas Parties Accessibility Top

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.

Christmas tickets

Standard tickets for the decorated rooms in the House are now sold out until 28 December.  We have just released a limited number of exclusive and VIP ‘any time’ House & Grounds tickets. These can be booked online only:

Exclusive weekdays (Wed-Fri) £31* >

VIP weekends (Sat/Sun) £36* >

* Exclusive and VIP tickets are price per person whether adult, senior or child. No discounts apply.

Alternatively, why not plan a visit for the end of the holidays, we’re open every day from 27 Dec to 5 Jan. House & Grounds tickets available from the box office 01296 820414 or book online.

Tickets >

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.


Wear your wellies
It’s been raining so much recently our paths are wet and muddy. We suggest you wear wellies or waterproof shoes to keep your toes dry and toasty.

We’re doing our utmost to park cars in the least muddy areas, but this isn’t possible at the busiest times.

Christmas visiting tips

  • wrap up warmly and wear strong, waterproof outdoor shoes
  • allow at least 40 minutes to reach the house from parking, we suggest 2 hours to see everything either before or after your house time slot. Please note we close at 6pm.
  • if possible bring a torch as some paths have limited lighting
  • the lit woodchip pathway which takes you from the car park is not suitable for pushchairs due to the uneven surface
  • 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
  • we advise car sharing if visiting with family and friends, to make the most out of our car parking spaces
  • please note tickets are non-transferable, so if you are unable to visit contact our box office on 01296 820414

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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, until 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 an archway inspired by Sévres porcelain ship vases and see our schools 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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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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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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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 during weekdays and give something back this festive season.

More about the Foodbank>