Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Christmas at Waddesdon is regrettably cancelled and Waddesdon will be closed until 6 January 2021.

Join us for festive fun with our enchanting outdoor extravaganza that will brighten the end of your year.

This year we're open from 12noon to 7.30pm, so as twilight falls see the gardens sparkle even more brightly with spectacular light displays bringing our extraordinary landscape to life. 

The Winter Light trail will transform the Pleasure Grounds with dramatic colour and playful installations. Stroll under the stars beneath magically illuminated tree canopies transformed by moving light.  See the Manor’s facade bathed in light set to music .

Open Wednesday to Sunday, Thur 3 Dec 2020 - Sun 3 Jan 2021


National Trust members
£5 adult, £2.50 child

£16 adult, £8 child
£40 family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)


National Trust members
£7.50 adult, £3.75 child

£18.50 adult, £9.25 child
£46.25 family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)

Grounds tickets must be booked in advance, including National Trust members. The House and Cellars will not be open this Christmas due to social distancing.

Your Grounds admission ticket for Christmas at Waddesdon includes access to:

  • Christmas Fair
  • Winter Light trail
  • Manor illuminations
  • When You Wish Upon a Star trail
  • Parallels immersive performance in the Coach House - closed from 19 Dec due to tier 3 restrictions

As a thank you for your understanding that Christmas will be a little different this year, we are giving a £5 adult (£2.50 child) voucher to redeem in Waddesdon's own onsite catering or retail outlets during your visit.

Step inside a giant LED bauble and capture the perfect festive moment.
See two giant LED baubles at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire
Step inside a giant LED bauble and capture the perfect festive moment.

Unmissable Christmas highlights

Parallels, Coach House at the Stables, 12noon-7pm - closed from 19 Dec due to tier 3 restrictions

Arrive at the Stables and walk through the Coach House where you’ll encounter Parallels, a light in motion creation of colourful pipes that twist and turn in an immersive performance set to a soundscape. Step inside the giant twinkling LED baubles and capture a special festive moment to remember and share.

Winter light trail

From dusk, follow the illuminated light trail and see trees and shrubs lit up in a rainbow of colours. Look out for the valley of flickering flames creating a sea of fire, and dozens of suspended orbs in a walk-through musical light show.

When you wish upon a star

Walk down Miss Alice's Drive, from the Woodland Cafe to the Stables to see a display of lanterns and stars decorated by local schoolchildren on a theme of hope, and our annual schools lightbox competition.

Christmas fair at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Christmas Fair 

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with 70 hand-selected exhibitors all in charming wooden chalets. Find a great selection of unusual Christmas gifts and festive foods. 3 - 23 Dec 2020 (incl. Mon 21 & Tue 22 Dec), Wed-Sun, 12noon-7pm.

Winter light at Christmas at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Winter Light at Waddesdon 

See Waddesdon's gardens illuminated with light trails, a light in motion installation at the Stables and festive Christmas trees. 3 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021, Wed-Sun, 12noon-7.30pm.

Kids running at Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Get the family together this Christmas at Waddesdon 

Create treasured memories by attending a family event or just soak up the magic of Christmas at Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire.

Winter Light Trail at Waddesdon, A Rothschild House & Gardens in Buckinghamshire

Winter Light

For local exercise in the fresh air, we will be opening Waddesdon’s grounds from 6 January. To add a touch of sparkle to your visit, during January visitors may also enjoy the When You Wish Upon A Star trail down Miss Alice’s Drive, and the Giant Pea-light Baubles at the Stables throughout the day. From dusk, our Winter Light trail and Manor façade illuminations will brighten up your visit.

Winter trees in the gardens of Waddesdon Manor

Winter walks at Waddesdon

Explore the beautiful grounds and beyond at Waddesdon this winter from 6 January. Wrap up warm and burn off some of those festive calories.