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.

This article is about Christmas 2016, please check back later in the year for details of Christmas 2017.

Our festive opening has been very popular this 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 tickets to visit the decorated rooms inside the house are now sold out, however 300 tickets are available from the onsite ticket office from 11am each day on a first come basis. Note: a limited number of rooms in the house are decorated for Christmas, while others are closed for conservation and cleaning.

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.

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 displays 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. The house will fully reopen on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

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. Part of your grounds admission.
The Biscuiteers gingerbread model of Waddesdon Manor
Christmas Fair at Waddesdon Manor

The Christmas fair at Waddesdon

Opening on 16 November and running until 11 December, the Waddesdon Christmas fair offers a great selection of unusual Christmas gifts and festive foods. Normal garden admission applies.

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.