Christmas in Buckinghamshire

This article was for Christmas 2020, we'll update nearer the time for Christmas 2021

We're looking forward to Christmas in Buckinghamshire more than ever this year. The comfort of Christmas traditions are just what we need - warm festive cheer with a sprinkle of sparkle.

New for 2020, we have a Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail at Hughenden, Stowe and Cliveden. Follow the trail in the garden and solve the clues to help Peter and his friends get set for winter.

We'll have all the traditional decorations, twinkling trees and seasonal treats to enjoy, plus the spectacle of Waddesdon's market and illuminations. Every time you visit you're helping to look after these special places.

Hughenden's drawing room decked for Christmas


Discover a nature inspired Christmas at Hughenden this winter. With natural decorations and handmade baubles, we’re celebrating all things green. In the Manor (Government guidance permitting) we're re-creating our favourite trees from past Christmases, while outside, the gardens are given a festive touch. Families can enjoy getting closer to nature on Peter Rabbit’s winter adventure.

The Temple of Ancient Virtue at Stowe, dressed for Christmas


The garden glistens with crisp frost in winter and the mist drifting across the lakes makes Stowe all the more mysterious and magical. Join Peter Rabbit™ and his friends to discover the garden on a trail throughout December. There are also festive delights in the café and Christmas shopping in the shop.

Cliveden's Parterre on a winter's morning


A frosty walk through majestic woodlands at Cliveden reveals previously undiscovered vistas through the leafless trees. Or enjoy a takeaway hot chocolate outside the Sounding Chamber while listening to festive choral music recorded by local choirs.

Outdoor Christmas light at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire


There are magical lights at Waddesdon and the gardens are aglow. From 3 Dec 2020 to 3 Jan 2021 walk the Winter Light trail around the Pleasure Grounds, encounter an installation of colourful light pipes at the Stables, tuck into festive afternoon teas and shop for handmade gifts at the Christmas Fair. Pre-booking is essential.

A festive wreath on the door and warm glow through a window.

Canons Ashby 

Government guidance permitting, a festive wander through the historic house will be a feast for the eyes at Canons Ashby with lots of traditional Christmas decorations. Outside, there's a Christmas Star Trail to run off the energy of excited kids. Christmas runs from 3-23 December at Canons Ashby

Visitors make paper chains near the Christmas tree at Attingham Park

Christmas crafts how to guides 

From paper chains and pine cones to scented orange slices, keep little fingers busy and learn how to make traditional decorations for a greener Christmas. Get handy tips on making your wreath and watch our wreath-making masterclass video.