Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Get into the festive spirit with animal magic and winter light this 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.

Inside and out this year's Christmas Winter Light programme and decorations are inspired by Waddesdon's real and imagined animals.

From 11 November the festive season will be in full swing with Christmas lights in the grounds, decorated rooms in the house and a new light and sound show projected onto the Manor. Throughout the season there will be delicious festive foods in all our food outlets and the Christmas Fair, already a tradition for many, is a fantastic way to start the festive celebrations.

Your visit

Our festive opening is a very popular time of year. If you are able to come on a weekday (Wed, Thur or Fri) you will find it less busy than at the weekend.

We strongly advise you to wrap up warmly, and if possible bring a torch as some paths have limited lighting, especially if you want to walk back to the car park to avoid waiting for the shuttle bus. The path is partially-lit and can be muddy in places, it takes about 15 minutes to walk. During busy times at the weekends we are using 'overflow' car parking; please make a note of where you park.

Because of the cold weather we have made room in the Power House for visitors wanting to sit in the warm and eat and drink snacks from the Manor courtyard kiosk.

House tickets

Advance booking only for Enchanted Menagerie decorated rooms in the House. Online booking will be available towards the end of August. Note: a limited number of rooms in the house are decorated for Christmas, while others are closed for conservation and cleaning.

Grounds & House prices

National Trust members £5 Adult, £2.50 Child, £12.50 Family (non National Trust members £25 Adult, £12.50 Child, £62.50 Family).

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Decorated rooms in the House at Christmas at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

An Enchanted Menagerie

This year in the House 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. Advance booking for House tickets is essential.

Winter Light

The christmas fair at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

The Christmas fair at Waddesdon

Opening on 15 November and running until 10 December, the Christmas Fair promises to be more spectacular than ever for the first time situated in front of the Manor. There will be a great selection of unusual Christmas gifts and festive foods. Normal garden admission applies.

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

Winter walks at Waddesdon 

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