Winter Light Trail at Waddesdon

Walking trail

Stroll through the Aviary, past the Manor façade and across the illuminated Woodland Walk to the Stables, where giant glowing baubles and a light-in-motion installation in the Coach House gallery awaits.

Winter Light Christmas decorations at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire


Winter Light trail map at Waddesdon


North Fountain


1. Welcome to Winter Light: The whole family will enjoy following our illuminated light trail around Waddesdon’s Pleasure Grounds. Begin walking through the illuminated sign as you leave the shuttle bus at the North Front fountain. Follow the LED archway of sparkling dormant trunks to the illuminated ‘La Carosse’ sculpture, shrouded with ripples of moving light. Follow the path around to your right. Please do not touch the installations.

Winter Light trail with illuminated tree trunks


2. Reflections: Don’t forget to look up! Catch glinting mirror balls high in the tree canopy, reflecting brilliant hues of gold, orange and red. Next you will come across the ‘circle of light’, featuring vertical pipes of light dancing in sequence around circular bedding.

Disco balls in the trees sparkle as part of the Winter Light Trail


3. Vine Bridge: Take the right fork in the path, towards Tay Bridge. Like illuminated jungle vines, hundreds of lit fibres will hang from a tree at the top of the ravine, projecting a delicate blanket of light. As you pass beyond our snake-like shrubberies, discover a series of melodious trees and interactive ‘tap boxes’, allowing our younger guests to orchestrate their own colour combinations as bursts of bright smoke.

Pass by our snake-like shrubberies dotted with lights


4. Marble Valley: The Pleasure Grounds light trail culminates with Marble Valley, in which globes of light produce the appearance of cascading down the hillside.

Lights shaped like marbles cascade down the valley at Waddesdon


5. Manor Illuminations: Enjoy how the Manor’s façade comes to life as coloured lights set to festive music, play across the architecture highlighting its distinctive decorative features. Two unique shows will alternate every 5 minutes. Festoon lighting will guide you through the Christmas market, set against the backdrop of Lafite, Joana Vasconcelos’ giant candlestick sculptures, illuminated in spotlights.

Outdoor Christmas light at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire


6. Kitchen Drive: Stroll down kitchen drive, beneath the illuminated treeline swathed in an array of magical patterns. Upon reaching the Summer House, find some interactive ‘tap’ boxes offering you the opportunity to choreograph the surrounding trees colours.

Kitchen Drive at Waddesdon Manor


7. I Saw Three Ships: Take a musical meander through the impressive archway, inspired by the Sèvres porcelain ship vases in the House, and the festive carol ‘I saw three ships’. For more information see, Please keep to the marked paths and do not touch the installation.

Three sevres ship vases at Waddesdon Manor


8. Illuminated Woodland Trail: Follow Miss Alice’s Drive to discover the many Christmas carol-themed light boxes created by 20 local schools. Remember to vote for your favourite design! You will also come across a series of lanterns, again produced by school children from 15 local primary schools. To see which schools have been involved, see Please keep to the marked paths and do not touch the installation.

Illuminated woodland walk at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire


9. Stables: Arrive at the Stables and walk through the Coach House gallery where you’ll see an amazing light installation. As you wander through, dozens of orbs of light will rise and fall from the ceiling to the floor, set to a soundscape. The illuminated kinetic orbs will change in time to the audio setting. New for this year are giant fairy-light baubles at the Stables Courtyard, providing a unique Instagram frame. Please keep to the marked paths and do not touch the installation.

Christmas at Waddesdon, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire



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Winter Light Trail at Waddesdon

How to get here

Pleasure Ground's entrance
By road

If you a re approaching on the M40 (westbound) take exit 7 via Thame and follow the A418 into Aylesbury, then A41 from Aylesbury to Waddesdon Village. If you are approaching from the M40 (eastbound) take exit 9 via Bicester, then from Bicester follow the A41 to Waddesdon Village. The Manor is signposted from the village.

Parking is free of charge, you will be directed to the Visitor car park on arrival by our signs to then take the Shuttle Bus to the Manor.

SatNav: Enter Silk Street and HP18 0JH

*Please note: Parking differs during Christmas weekends. Read more here >

Winter Light Trail at Waddesdon

Facilities and access

  • Toilets and baby change at the Welcome Pavilion.