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.
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.