Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon will be closed completely from 2 Nov – 2 Dec to meet the latest coronavirus regulations. All those with tickets booked for Christmas at Waddesdon during this period, including parking, buses and afternoon teas, will receive an automatic refund from our ticketing partners SeeTickets, and are advised to make a new booking to enjoy Christmas at Waddesdon during December. Waddesdon and the National Trust are unable to help with changes to bookings or refunds.

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

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

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

Begin 2021 with sparkle and bright lights, as we extend our Winter Light programme into the new year for you to enjoy. Take an enchanted journey through Waddesdon's gardens awash with colour and dazzling illuminations. Make your visit even more special with a Winter Light dinner in the historic Manor Restaurant. 7-31 Jan 2021, Thur-Sun. Booking from 24 Nov 2020.

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.

The Five Arrows Hotel at Christmas

Winter Light Package at The Five Arrows Hotel

After your visit to Winter Light at the Manor, enjoy a glass of prosecco, a delicious dinner, overnight stay and full English breakfast at the hotel. Includes entry to Christmas at Waddesdon (Subject to availability).