Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor illuminated in pink at Christmas time

Get into the festive spirit with a sparkling Christmas at Waddesdon. Create festive memories as you watch with family and friends as we illuminate the gardens or you browse the Christmas Fair to find that unique gift.

It wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to Waddesdon, and this year we're adding a touch of sparkle to your festivities. From 9 November the festive season will be in full swing with Christmas lights in the grounds, decorated rooms in the house and a new gingerbread Manor exhibition in the Coach House gallery.

Throughout the season there will be delicious festive foods in all our food outlets including our new Wigwam cafe serving seasonal street food, hot chocolate and homemade cakes to warm you through.

The Christmas Fair set against the enchanting backdrop of the floodlit Manor is already a tradition for many, so soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas and seek out high quality gifts for your loved ones to share this year.

Christmas at Waddesdon runs from Wednesday 9 November to Monday 2 January; open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm. Closed 24-26 December. Open additionally on Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January.

Magical Christmas lights

Get into the festive spirit with a visit to the magical house and gardens all trimmed for Christmas with magnificent trees and decorations. Wrap up warm and enjoy the dazzling light dsplays to be found in the gardens as part of our annual Winter Light programme.

Field of Light by Bruce Munro

Outside, artist Bruce Munro will create a large immersive light art installation made up of 9,000 glowing spheres which will take you on a sensory journey through one of the most beautiful parts of the garden, just beyond the Aviary. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Bruce Munro's 'Field of Light', so an experience not to be missed. Enjoy as part of your normal admission.

Bruce Munro's 'Field of Light' will illuminate Waddesdon's gardens
Bruce Munro's River of Light illuminates the gardens at Waddesdon

Dazzle@Waddesdon by Woodroffe Bassett

From dusk experience a new light and sound show as it animates the ornate facade of the house with rainbow colours. A four minute performance will run every fifteen minutes creating a magical display and has been designed specifically for Waddesdon by the renowned duo Woodroffe Bassett design.

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

The Manor dressed for Christmas

Step into the house which has been transformed into a spectacular palace for Christmas. Discover Magical Materials themed decorated rooms, inspired by the rare and exotic pieces in Waddesdon's collection - glass, porcelain, precious metals and minerals.

9 November until 2 January, Wednesday to Sunday. Closed 24-26 December. 11.30am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm. Advance booking essential.

Both National Trust members and non-members need to book to visit the house. Tickets are selling quickly so we recommend you book in advance. You can do this online or call 01296 820414.

Discover the decorations that adorn the house with a magical materials theme
The Blue Dining Room at Waddesdon Manor dressed for Christmas

A Treat for the eyes

This year come and see the Manor recreated entirely in gingerbread by the Biscuiteers Baking Company Ltd. On display in the Coach House gallery from 9 November until 19 March, the model is over two metres in size and recreates the rich details of some of Waddesdon's most beautiful rooms, including its paintings, furniture and ceramics, modelled in icing.

Spot hand-iced biscuit bauble tree decorations in the house too, with the opportunity to take home your very own Biscuiteer bauble biscuit from our gift shop.

Come and see rich details of Waddesdon's architecture and interiors recreated in gingerbread and icing
The Biscuiteers gingerbread model of Waddesdon Manor
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 trees in the gardens of Waddesdon Manor

Walk through a Waddesdon winter wonderland 

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