Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Exterior lighting on the North Front of Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Come to Waddesdon Manor this christmas and see our amazing exterior lighting scheme National Trust, Waddesdon Manor / Mike Fear

For 2015, here at Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire, we're continuing our magical ‘Winter Light at Waddesdon’ theme that has been so popular with you over the last few years.

From Wednesday 11 November to Sunday 3 January, the gardens and house at Waddesdon Manor will be decorated for Christmas, and you can try some fun family activities or winter walks.

Magical Christmas lights

Outside, artist Bruce Munro will create a large immersive light art installation which will take you on a sensory journey through one of the most beautiful parts of the garden, just beyond the Aviary.  This is the final year of Bruce's residency, so not to be missed. Enjoy as part of your normal admission.  Please note this art installation contains flashing lights.

...---... SOS, Bruce Munro 2015 - a line of illuminated tents winding their way around the gardens
Bruce Munro's light art trail for 2015, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
National Trust / Mark Pickthall

Transformation by Woodroffe Bassett

Projected onto the front of the house too: from dusk, every thirty minutes our dramatic son et lumiere 'Transformation' will bathe the ornate facade in rainbow colours creating a magical display.

New for this year

Two giant sculptures 'Lafite' by artist Joana Vasconcelos, in the form of candlesticks made of wine bottles, will also be illuminated in front of the house.  They are set on a steel armature and lit from within by fibre optic strands.

We have lots more contemporary sculpture and exhibitions

Christmas in the house

11 November until 3 January, Wednesday to Sunday and Mondays 21 and 28, Tuesdays 22 and 29 December.  Closed 24-26 December.  11am-4pm.  Open until 7pm on Christmas later openings.

Inside the house, we're decorating over 15 rooms and interiors on a 'Lights and Legends' theme, and for the first time, the Wine Cellars will be decorated throughout the Christmas season.

Both National Trust members and non-members do need to book to visit the house. Tickets are selling quickly so we recommended you book in advance. You can do this online or call 01296 653226, Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Come to Waddesdon this Christmas and view our beautiful decorations
The white drawing room beautifully decorated for Christmas, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
National Trust / Stuart Bebb

The decorations will reflect myths, stories and rituals from around the world.  From Ancient Greek myths to the natural wonder of the Northern Lights, the stories told come from all around the world. With magical references to childhood favourites Narnia and Peter Pan.  All celebrating light in a magical way at this festive time of year.

Christmas later openings

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 20 November to 3 January

Decorated rooms stay open until 7pm

The decorated rooms in the house and the gardens, shops and wine cellars will be open later until 7pm.  Spend the afternoon viewing the stunning decorations inside, then as the light begins to fade make your way out to the gardens and explore, immersing yourself in the magical light experiences.

Festive food

From 11 November to 3 January

Sample some of our delicious festive food this Christmas.

Try a piece of our handmade Christmas cake from the kitchens at Waddesdon Manor
Christmas cake made in the Manor kitchen at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
National Trust, Waddesdon Manor / Pascale Cumberbatch

Our Christmas menu is available in the Manor restaurant - 2 courses £21.50 per person, 3 courses £24.50 per person, with a choice of starter, main and dessert.  Choose from traditional Norfolk turkey, salmon in parma ham or a vegetarian option of roast peppers with goats cheese and spiced cous cous.  Gluten free and vegetarian options available.  Bookable sittings at 12pm, 12.30pm, 2pm or 2.30pm available, call 01296 653226. 

Take a look at all our Christmas catering options

Or treat yourself with our Lights and Legends afternoon tea served at 4.30pm in the Manor restaurant.  Keep warm under sheepskin rugs outside on the Manor terrace and enjoy handmade mince pies from the Manor kitchens.

Christmas shopping

All our shops will be beautifully decorated for Christmas stocked full of great gift ideas for all the family.   Open 10am-5pm and 10am-7pm on Christmas later openings.

Come to Waddesdon Manor this winter and do all your festive shopping in our christmas pop up shop
Christmas pop up shop at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
National Trust, Waddesdon Manor / Pascale Cumberbatch

You'll find our pop-up Christmas shop at the Stables from 11 November until 23 December.  Choose from inexpensive stocking fillers to unique pieces and one-off vintage items both traditional and contemporary.

Christmas wine

Let Waddesdon's luxury Christmas wine selection take care of all your festive entertaining this year: a mixed case of six bottles put together by our wine experts to see you through the big day from start to finish.  Available from the wine shop or buy online

Christmas fair

This year sees our Christmas fair running for an extra week.  Located against the enchanting, floodlit backdrop of the house it's the ideal place to do all your Christmas shopping.  Opening on 18 November until 6 December, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-5pm, Fridays to Sundays 10am-7pm.    

Browse through more details and which stallholders are attending

Write a letter to Father Christmas

From 11 November until 23 December, 10am-5pm.

Head down towards the Stables and enjoy our children's Christmas activities.  Write a letter to Father Christmas and post it in our special post box.  Free activity, normal admission charges apply.

Decorate a bauble

Come to Waddesdon Manor this Christmas and design and decorate your own bauble
Decorate a Christmas bauble at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

From 21 November to 20 December, Saturday and Sundays 10am-7pm

Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 December, 10am-5pm.

Design and decorate your own Waddesdon souvenir Christmas bauble, ready to hang on your tree.  £3 per child.  Normal admission charges apply.


Meet a Midland-Bernese Carter dog

Visit Waddesdon Manor this christmas and meet a Bernese mountain dog
Midland Bernese Carter dogs at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

On Sunday 6 and 20 December and 3 January 12pm-7pm

Come and say hello to some Midland-Bernese Carter dogs at the Stables this Christmas. In their native Switzerland this breed of friendly dog were used to pull produce in small carts.  Come and learn more about this lovely dog and for a small donation have your photograph taken with one of them.


Winter walks

This winter why not visit the incredible aviary at Waddesdon Manor
The aviary in winter at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
National Trust, Waddesdon Manor / Stuart Bebb

Walk off that lovely Christmas dinner with one of our beautiful walks around the gardens and aviary.  We have walks suitable for all abilities. Baron's walk is a longer walk taking in the wider, less formal areas of garden, therefore suitable for the more adventurous, lasting around 45 minutes.  Our Gardens walk is suitable for all taking in the aviary too, offering splendid views, lasting about 30 minutes. Follow in the footsteps of Miss Alice de Rothschild and discover our woodland trail, starting at the woodland playground, a perfect walk with the children.  Normal admission charges apply.

Download the route for our Baron's Walk

Download the route for our Garden Walk

Download the route for Miss Alice's Woodland Walk
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