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Christmas 2017

Join us at Christmas for Winter Light and festive fun for the whole family. Inside and out this year's decorations are inspired by Waddesdon's real and imagined animals.

Tickets & prices

Most of the 18th-century furnished rooms in the house are ‘put to bed’ for conservation and cleaning from the end of October to March. We open some rooms (including the Bachelors’ Wing) beautifully decorated for Christmas, this year on a theme of an Enchanted Menagerie. We still have house tickets available to pre-book on weekdays between Christmas and New Year. House tickets up until the end of Christmas have now sold out.

Wednesday 13 December
As a result of the snow, please be aware that for your safety some areas of the grounds may need to remain closed. We are also having to take down the Christmas Fair chalets later than planned. We apologise for any disruption this might cause on your visit.

Visiting tips

Parking, shuttle buses and walking

  • You may want to bring a torch too as some parking areas have limited lighting.
  • There are four buses and two big bendy buses (kids love them!) continuously shuttling visitors to the house, but if you would prefer to walk the route is lit all the way.
  • Our new, lit grass path has plastic matting and a woodchip surface. It is steep in places and after recent rain it has become quite muddy so we don’t advise this walk for anyone with a pushchair, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Our bus queue may look long but it really does move quickly.

Staying warm

  • Please wrap up in warm clothes and wear wellies or stout shoes.
  • The Powerhouse, near the Manor Shop hot drinks and snacks kiosk, offers a warm place to sit and snack. You can also find warm covered seating, with sheepskins and blankets in the Wigwam cafe, where we serve hot ‘street-style’ food, cakes and drinks including mulled wine.

What’s the best time to come?

  • Weekends are proving very busy during the Christmas season, if you are able to come on a weekday (Wednesday-Friday) you will find it is far less crowded here. We are open Wed-Sun until 2 Jan (except 24-26 Dec).
  • Waddesdon Imaginarium light show projected onto the front of the house is better the darker it gets, we suggest it’s the last thing on your visit.



£10 adult, £5 child, £25 family.
National Trust and Art Fund members free

Grounds & house

All House tickets must be booked in advance for Enchanted Menagerie, decorated rooms in the house. This year there will be no House tickets for sale on the day. We advise visiting Wed-Fri.

£25 adult, £12.50 child, £62.50 family.
National Trust and Art Fund members £5 adult, £2.50 child, £12.50 family

Unmissable seasonal highlights

Waddesdon Imaginarium

11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, dusk-6pm

From dusk, you can enjoy a new light and sound show projected onto the Manor created by the Guildhall School. Be dazzled by roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks, fluttering clouds of butterflies and moths and spirited 18th-century portraits that lead you through a fantastical visual story of Waddesdon.

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Electric Menagerie

11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, 11am-6pm

Discover American artist Lauren Booth’s Electric Menagerie, light-based artworks throughout the grounds which evoke the Rothschild’s passion for natural history. See Waddesdon’s animals transformed into light, find a giant illuminated dragon, neon goats and parrots and even a flea circus as you explore the Aviary, Stables and grounds.

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Elephant automaton

An Enchanted Menagerie, in the house
From 11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, 11.30am-6pm

This year we celebrate the weird and wonderful animals of Waddesdon. See an elephant parade inspired by an 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with birds and mythical beasts. Please note that tickets must be booked in advance.

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Family fun


Willow Lantern Walk

From 11 Nov – 2 Jan 2018
An illuminated trail down our woodland walk, featuring willow lanterns by local schools and a specially commissioned artwork by light artist Anna Whetstone.

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Letter Writing to Father Christmas

From 11 Nov – 23 Dec
Pop into the Stables and write your letter and Christmas list to Father Christmas.

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Children's House Trail

From 11 Nov – 2 Jan 2018
Included in the children’s house ticket, pick up one of our free trails at the house entrance and have fun discovering unusual aspects of the collections.

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Paddington Children's Afternoon Tea

Paddington Children's Afternoon Tea

Sat 11 Nov – Tue 2 Jan
To celebrate the return of Paddington to the big screen this winter, we have created a limited-edition Paddington Afternoon Tea for your marmalade loving cubs (or kids) to enjoy this Christmas.

View the Paddington tea menu

Winter Light interactive map

Check out our interactive map showing where Lauren Booth’s artworks and other Christmas activities can be seen throughout the grounds.

Explore the map >

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Christmas food and drink

Somewhere warm to sit and snack

young mother and baby

The Powerhouse is a heated indoor space you can take hot drinks and sit inside, feed a young baby or get children out of the cold. Opposite the Manor shop courtyard. Open 11am-6pm.

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Festive afternoon tea in the Manor

11am-5pm, Wed-Sun, Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Savoury treats and sweet fancies served with a glass of prosecco.
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Festive Lunches in the Manor

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the Manor Restaurant this Christmas.



Wigwam café

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Barney Wrobel returns in a bigger and better Wigwam Café, serving street food, hot chocolate, mulled wine and homemade cakes. Last orders 5pm.


The Treaterie

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Head to the Stables courtyard where you’ll find toasted marshmallows and handmade mince pies in the Treaterie. Last orders for waffles 5pm, stick waffles 5pm and pancakes 5.30pm.

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Christmas shopping


Christmas shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

Head to the Coach House at the Stables and find our Christmas shop with fantastic gift ideas and beautiful decorations.


Glow pop-up shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

Visit our pop-up neon shop with glowing gifts and stocking fillers galore from 11 November in the Coach House at the Stables.


Manor shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

You’ll find an exclusive range of bespoke jewellery, homeware, scarves, bags and more which have all been developed from objects in our collection.


Wine shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

Festively decorated and stocked full of great wines for your Christmas and New Year celebrations. Choose from individual bottles to boxed gift cases.


Online shop

If you can’t visit us in person then visit our online shop. With a great selection of unique gift ideas, books, stationery and food items. Together with our impressive range of Waddedson own and guest wines. Perfect for Christmas presents.

Buy gifts and wine online>

Christmas events


Christmas activities

We’ve lots of activities for all ages and tastes with late-night shopping for National Trust members, children’s trail and letter writing to Father Christmas.

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Party the night away

Waddesdon Manor offers a unique atmosphere at Christmas time and the perfect venue for your party, with both the Dairy and Five Arrows Hotel offering Christmas party packages.

More about Christmas parties>

While the main rooms in the house are ‘put to bed’ for winter, we open some rooms beautifully decorated for Christmas. Watch this short video and see the house and grounds sparkle at Christmas.

Putting the house to bed>

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