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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.



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

Grounds & house

Advance booking essential for Enchanted Menagerie, decorated rooms in the house.

£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

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>

Waddesdon Imaginarium

11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, 4.30pm-6pm

From 4.15pm, 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.

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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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Visiting tips

  • wrap up warmly
  • the Powerhouse near the main Manor Shop kiosk offers a warm place to sit and snack
  • if possible bring a torch as some paths have limited lighting, especially if you want to walk back to the car park at dusk to avoid waiting for the shuttle bus. The path is part-lit and can be muddy in places, it takes about 15 minutes to walk
  • make a note of where you park – at busy weekend times we use additional car parking
  • check out our booking details and refund policy >
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Christmas food and drink


Festive afternoon tea in the Manor

Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Savoury treats and sweet fancies served with a glass of prosecco.
£25 Adult, £10.50 Child

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Festive Lunches in the Manor

Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the Manor Restaurant this Christmas.

Christmas lunch set menu PDF



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.


The Treaterie

Sat 11 Nov – Tues 2 Jan

Head to the Stables courtyard where you’ll find toasted marshmallows and handmade mince pies in the Treaterie.

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Christmas shopping


Christmas fair

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 15 Nov – 10 Dec

Our Christmas Fair promises to be more spectacular than ever. For the first time, set against the enchanting backdrop of the floodlit North Front of the Manor. Included in your grounds ticket.

See this year’s stallholders>


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>


Late-night shopping for National Trust members

Wed 15 November
If you’re a National Trust member come and enjoy an evening of late-night shopping for all your Christmas gifts. Receive 10% discount and a glass of wine while you shop.

Don’t forget to bring your membership card.

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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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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.

See all our Christmas activities>


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>