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Christmas 2019 at Waddesdon Manor
16 November 2019 - 5 January 2020
About Christmas 2019 at Waddesdon Manor
Enjoy Christmas 2019 at Waddesdon Manor!
This year, displays in the House will explore Waddesdon’s connection to the world of music with a festive twist, from traditional Christmas carols to Christmas hits. Outside, witness the gardens illuminated with sparkling lights and colour.
Bring the family and share a festive day out gazing at the decorated house, indulging in celebratory foods and shopping for gifts.
From dusk, the grounds will come to life with a light trail around the Aviary that playfully combines colour, sound and movement. The Manor’s facade will also be bathed in light with two unique shows.
Unmissable festive highlights
Decorated rooms, East Wing & Bachelors' Wing
This year the House decorations have taken inspiration from traditional carols to contemporary Christmas songs, from The Holly and the Ivy to Irving Berlin and a cascade of vinyl Christmas hits. You’ll find dazzling decorations and trees sparkling with lights.
Good to know: Timed tickets and advance booking essential for all visitors including NT members. Some rooms beautifully decorated, the rest of the house is ‘put to bed’ for conservation and cleaning.
Light in motion
Arrive at the Stables and walk through the Coach House where you’ll see an amazing light installation.
As you wander through, dozens of orbs of light will rise and fall from the floor to the ceiling, set to a soundscape. The illuminated kinetic orbs will change in time to the audio setting.
Aviary garden light trail
The whole family will enjoy following our illuminated light trail. See the trees and bushes lit up with a rainbow of colours. Walk through a brightly sparkling portal and see glitter balls and wine bottles hanging from branches.
Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with our hand-selected exhibitors all housed in charming wooden chalets.
Find out more about the Christmas Fair >
As daylight fades to dusk, the Manor’s facade will come to life as coloured light splay across the architecture highlighting Waddesdon’s distinctive decorative features. This year enjoy two unique shows set to festive music.
Baubles at the Stables
In the Stables courtyard, two giant LED baubles will add some sparkle and provide a great photo opportunity. Step inside these dazzling baubles to capture a special festive experience.
Letters to Father Christmas
Join us at the Stables to write your letter and Christmas list to Father Christmas. Pop it in the special letterbox and we’ll make sure it gets delivered. You may even get a reply.
£1 per letter, cash on the day
Get creative in the Coach House at the Stables. Make your very own lantern to hang on your Christmas tree. Pre-packaged lantern-making kits will be available to buy and take home. Spaces are limited, £4 per child.
I Saw Three Ships by light artist Anna Whetstone
Take a musical meander through the archway at the start of the woodland walk. Inspired by the Sévres porcelain ship vases in the House. You’ll see our Christmas lantern display. Each one made by local schools. Vote for your favourite.
Take a wander down Miss Alice’s Drive to see the beautiful Christmas carol-themed artwork and decorated lanterns created by local schools and see how many of these creations you recognise.
Children's House Trail
Pick up one of our free Christmas trails at the house entrance and all the family can join in the fun discovering about the collection. Free with children’s house tickets.
Christmas Pop-up Shop
Head to the Powerhouse where you’ll find decorations, gifts, homeware and a great range of stocking fillers.