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Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

22 November 2023 to 01 January 2024

Waddesdon Manor
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH
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01296 820414
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Christmas at Waddesdon. Image: Waddesdon Manor Illuminated © National Trust / Hugh Mothersole

About Christmas at Waddesdon

Enjoy Christmas 2023 at Waddesdon Manor!

This Christmas at Waddesdon, be spirited away to a magical wonderland as classic tales come to life with new decorations in the house and dazzling new light displays outside enchant and delight.

£5.00 – £37.50

Tickets required
Christmas Grounds admission or Christmas House & Grounds admission.

Dates:
House & Grounds – Wednesdays to Sundays from 22 November to 31 December 2023, plus Monday 01 Janunary 2024.
Christmas Fair – From 22 November to 17 December.

Times:
Grounds – From noon to 7.00pm with last entry at 6.00pm.
House – From 12.30pm to 7.00pm with last entry at 6.30pm.


Once upon a time at Waddesdon…

This year, the Manor transforms into a fantastical and festive wonderland with new, themed displays in the house and brand-new light projections on the Manor façade inspired by three classic tales. Go on a magical adventure as you enter the wondrous world of Alice in Wonderland, find the Snow Queen’s kingdom and fly with Peter Pan to Neverland.


Unmissable festive highlights

Decorated rooms in the house

Follow a longer route through the Manor’s grandest rooms, exquisitely decorated and including the Bachelor’s Wing for the first time since 2019. Discover the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the magic mirror from the Snow Queen and Captain Hook’s treasure cave as you journey through the pages of these childhood tales reimagined with sparkling installations, immersive soundscapes and mesmerising light displays by Jane Le Bon Creative and intricate sculptures by paper artist Nathan Ward.

Animated light projections

Outside, the Manor’s fairy-tale façade comes to life with spellbinding animated projections, brand new for 2023. See fantastical, festive scenes inspired by this year’s classic tales combined with magical moments featuring unique treasures from Waddesdon’s collection and bringing the Manor’s extraordinary architecture to life. These state-of-the-art, bespoke projections are by celebrated artist Jamie Shiels, who has worked on projects at Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery and the 2012 London Olympics.


Christmas Fair

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with hand-selected stalls all housed in charming wooden chalets, surrounded by twinkling trees.

Open until 17 December, Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 7.00pm


Outdoor illuminations

Light trail

From dusk, follow a new light trail through the Aviary gardens with mesmerising new installations, more interactive elements than ever and seasonal favourites. As music fills the air, walk beneath a glowing canopy of orbs, see twinkling starbursts and spot larger-than-life 3D birds lit with fairy lights. Tap boxes will let you change the colour of the Manor’s South Front, and on the Parterre, giant shooting stars make a perfect picture spot.

In partnership with light art pioneers Luminism.

The Lights that Dance in the Night

Walk through the Coach House at the Stables, and you’ll find artwork created by thousands of local schoolchildren, all inspired by The Lights That Dance in the Night  by Yuval Zommer. You’ll spot willow lanterns of wolves and puffins, created in collaboration with artist Michelle Dufaur, and glittering overhead will be the Aurora Borealis.

The Lights that Dance in the Night. Yuval Zommar. Page 013. Copyright Oxford University Press


Christmas food, drink & shopping

Christmas Fair hot food © Waddesdon

Food Village

The popular Food Village returns this year. Pick up delicious festive food and drink to takeaway and enjoy while exploring the grounds.

Christmas Afternoon Tea © Waddesdon

Festive afternoon teas

Book a delicious, seasonal afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant, lovingly created by talented chefs and packed with festive treats.

Shop wines © Waddesdon

Christmas shopping

Find unique and unusual gifts exclusive to Waddesdon and a selection of wines.


Tickets

£5.00 – £37.50

Tickets required: Christmas Grounds admission or Christmas House & Grounds admission.


Prices

Christmas Grounds Admission:

Grounds open from noon to 7.00pm with last entry at 6.00pm

Off-peak: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 22 November to 17 December, and Wednesday to Sunday 20 December to 01 January

  • Standard adult £22.00 / National Trust adult £11.50
  • Standard child £10.00 / National Trust child £5.00

Peak: Fridays to Sundays from 22 November to 17 December

  • Standard adult £24.00 / National Trust adult £13.50
  • Standard child £12.00 / National Trust child £7.00

Christmas Grounds admission includes:
Christmas Fair (until 17 Dec), Food Village, Light trail, Manor façade projections, The Lights that Dance in the Night at the Coach House Gallery and standard parking in visitor car park.

Christmas House & Grounds Admission:

House open from 12.30pm to 7.00pm with last entry at 6.30pm

Off-peak: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 22 November to 17 December, and Wednesday to Sunday 20 December to 01 January

  • Standard adult £35.50 / National Trust adult £16.50
  • Standard child £16.50 / National Trust child £7.00

Peak: Fridays to Sundays from 22 November to 17 December

  • Standard adult £37.50 / National Trust adult £18.50
  • Standard child £18.50 / National Trust child £9.00

Christmas House & Grounds admission includes:
Decorated rooms in East Wing & Bachelors Wing, Christmas Fair (until 17 Dec), Food Village, Light trail, Manor façade projections, The Lights that Dance in the Night at the Coach House Gallery and standard parking in the visitor car park.


Ticketing information

Pre-booking is essential for all visitors to the grounds and house, including National Trust members.

Please book carefully, as tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.


Parking & buses

  • When you book online, please select one of the parking, shuttle bus or walking options.
  • Walking to the Manor takes about 25-30 mins from the car park, along a lit, hard-surface path which has a steep section
  • Premium Parking spaces can be booked online, £30 per car, these are in the private car park at the top of the hill behind the North fountain, see location on map
  • Bus tickets £2.50 Adult £1.50 Child (3 to 17 years) can be booked online with your admission tickets
  • Bus tickets are valid for all journeys made on the day of your visit
  • Standard visitor car park includes Blue Badge parking
  • Blue Badge holders and their carer must each book a bus ticket (free of charge)
  • Last buses to visitor car park 7.30pm

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)