Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Christmas at Waddesdon is back with magical lights and the gardens aglow. Join us for festive fun with our enchanting outdoor extravaganza that will brighten the end of your year.

Book tickets

Plan your festive day out with family and friends. All tickets must be booked in advance, including for National Trust members.

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 Sat 13 Nov - Thur 23 Dec 2021, 12-7pm (inc Mon 20 & Tue 21 Dec).
Mon 27 Dec - Mon 3 Jan 2022, 2-9pm (inc Tue 28 Dec).

Christmas Grounds admission – Off-Peak: 13-26 Nov, 1-3 and 8-10 Dec 
• £17 Adult, £8.50 Child,
• National Trust: £5 Adult, £2.50 Child

Christmas Grounds admission – Peak: 27-28 Nov, 4-5 and 11 Dec – 3 Jan 
• £19.50 Adult, £9.75 Child,
• National Trust: £7.50 Adult, £3.75 Child

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 (13 Nov - 23 Dec)
  • Winter Light trail
  • Manor illuminations
  • Illuminated River: bridges, boats and beyond trail
  • Exhibition in the Coach House 

Winter Light will continue in the grounds Thur-Sun from 6-23 Jan 2022.

Wander through our playful light trail around the Aviary gardens this Christmas
Aviary tunnel of light at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Wander through our playful light trail around the Aviary gardens this Christmas

Unmissable Christmas highlights

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 rose garden glowing with flowers, giant dandelions and walk through a portal of light.

Manor illuminations

As the sun goes down, watch the spectacle of the Manor's facade illuminated with dancing lights set to sequenced music.

Parterre light show

For the first time ever, see the Parterre illuminated by a dazzling light show, highlighting the geometric shapes of the bedding.

Illuminated River: Bridges, Boats and Beyond trail

Walk down Miss Alice's Drive, from the Woodland Cafe to the Stables to see a display of lanterns and boats decorated by local schoolchildren on a theme of journeys, and our annual schools lightbox competition.

Christmas fair at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Christmas fair at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Christmas fair at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Christmas Fair

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with hand-selected exhibitors all in charming wooden chalets. Find a great selection of unusual Christmas gifts and festive foods. 13 Nov - 23 Dec 2021 (inc Mon 20 & Tue 21 Dec), Wed-Sun, 12noon-7pm.

See what's on offer at the Christmas Fair >

Be dazzled by the Winter Light in the gardens
Winter light at Christmas at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire
Be dazzled by the Winter Light in the gardens

Winter Light at Waddesdon

See Waddesdon's gardens illuminated with light trails, the Parterre aglow for the first time ever, an exhibition at the Stables and the Manor bathed in colour.

Discover Waddesdon's gardens aglow

There's so much to enjoy as a family this Christmas at Waddesdon
Kids running at Christmas at Waddesdon Manor
There's so much to enjoy as a family this Christmas at Waddesdon

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.

Start a tradition today

Treat yourself to one of our delicious handmade mince pies straight from the Manor kitchen
Mince pies at Waddesdon Manor
Treat yourself to one of our delicious handmade mince pies straight from the Manor kitchen

Festive Food at Waddesdon

Make a date with friends over hot chocolate, indulge in an afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant or tuck into a tasty treat from the Woodland Takeaway this Christmas. Join us at Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire for some seasonal fare. 

Seasonal Shopping at Waddesdon

Want something to make your Christmas special? Browse the Manor shop where you can find that perfect gift or decoration to take home with you. Alternatively, indulge in the ultimate festive retail therapy with our Christmas Fair set against the enchanting backdrop of the floodlit Manor.

Winter walks at Waddesdon

Explore the beautiful grounds and beyond at Waddesdon this winter from 6 January. Wrap up warm and burn off some of those festive calories.

Look at our walks in advance

Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors this winter
Winter trees in the gardens of Waddesdon Manor
Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors this winter