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Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

13 November 2021 to 03 January 2022

Christmas 2020 at Waddesdon Manor. Image: Waddesdon Manor Illuminated. National Trust / Hugh Mothersole
Image: Waddesdon Manor illuminated. National Trust / Hugh Mothersole

About Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Enjoy Christmas 2021 at Waddesdon Manor!

Christmas at Waddesdon will be back with magical lights and the gardens aglow. Enjoy some festive fun with an enchanting outdoor extravaganza that will brighten the end of your year.

Wednesdays to Sundays from 13 November to Thursday 23 December 2021 from noon to 7.30pm.

Also on Monday 27 December and Monday 03 January 2022 from 2.00pm to 9.00pm.

Closed 24 to 26 December.

The 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

This is an outdoor event, the House and Cellars will not be open.

Unmissable festive highlights

Christmas 2019 at Waddesdon Manor - Christmas Fair

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.

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Open from 13 November to 23 December 2021, Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 7.00pm

Winter Light

As twilight falls see the gardens sparkle brightly with spectacular light displays bringing our extraordinary landscape to life, in partnership with Luminism.

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

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor - Manor illuminations

Manor illuminations

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

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor - Winter Light trail

Winter light trail

From dusk, enjoy dramatic colour and playful installations as you stroll beneath magically illuminated tree canopies. Look out for the rose garden glowing with flowers, an interactive area with bubble tubes, giant dandelions and walk through a tunnel of light loops.

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor - Illuminated River and light works by Leo Villareal

Illuminated river and light works by Leo Villareal

In celebration of the completion of the Illuminated River project, initiated and supported by the Rothschild Foundation, Waddesdon is mounting an exhibition of work by the artist of the project, Leo Villareal alongside a display showing how this long-term art installation is transforming the Thames at night with an orchestrated series of light works that span nine bridges in central London.

Leo Villareal created subtly moving sequences of LED light to unify the Thames bridges making them into the longest piece of public art in the world, drawing inspiration from the spirit and history of the river and from the architectural and engineering heritage of its bridges.

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor - Illuminated River: Bridges, Boats and Beyond

Baubles at the Stables

On this trail, walk down Miss Alice’s Drive, from the Woodland Café 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 food, drink & shopping

Christmas 2020 at Waddesdon - Christmas food and drink

Christmas food and drink

There’s plenty of options for eating and drinking this Christmas.

See Christmas food and drink

Christmas 2020 at Waddesdon - Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping

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

See Christmas shopping


13 November
03 January 2022
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Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury
Waddesdon Manor
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH
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