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Christmas Carnival

Thur 27 Dec until Wed 2 Jan 2019
Grounds: 11am-6pm. House: 11.30am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm
Open Mon 31 Dec & Tue 1 Jan

House & Grounds

This is a past event. Dates and prices will be released for Christmas 2019 later on this year.

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Christmas 2019 details available later in the year.

Both inside and out, the displays take inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s treasured artworks – from sumptuous feasts, lavish gifts and masked balls to theatre, fancy dress and fairy tales – there is something for everyone at the Christmas Carnival.

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 new light show created by the Guildhall School, projected onto the Stables and inspired by the objects, architecture and gardens of Waddesdon. Beyond the Aviary you’ll discover a light trail that playfully combines colour, sound and movement, and the Manor’s facade will also be bathed in light.

House Tickets

Pre-booking essential. Limited availability 29-31 Dec & 1-2 Jan 2019
All other house tickets Sold Out

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(Some rooms beautifully decorated, the rest of the house is ‘put to bed’ for conservation and cleaning)

Christmas grounds map

Download our Christmas map before your visit to help you navigate the grounds.

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Winter light trail map>

Unmissable Christmas Carnival highlights


Decorated rooms, East Wing & Bachelors' Wing

11.30am-6pm, until 2 Jan 2019

This year the house decorations have taken inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s treasured artworks. You’ll find dazzling decorations and trees sparkling with lights.

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)


Guildhall School 3D light projections

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Arrive at the Stables and walk through our tunnel of light, be met by beautiful light animations projected onto the walls (from dusk), and then follow the festoon lit playground path back to the Manor, with sounds accompanying your journey. All created by students from the Guildhall School.



Aviary garden light trail

From dusk-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

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.


Woodland Theatre Trail

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Take a wander down Miss Alice’s Drive to see the beautiful pantomime-themed artwork created by local schools and see how many of these theatrical creations you recognise. Voting for your favourite closes Fri 21 Dec.

Take a peek at or magical lighting displays at the Stables

The whole day was absolutely wonderful. The Manor is truly an exquisite masterpiece. The lighting display around the aviary was breath-taking.

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Bringing your dog at Christmas

At Christmas, dogs are allowed anywhere in the grounds (including the Christmas fair) with the exception of the Aviary, Parterre, Woodland Playground and the Tunnel of Light. Please check out our doggy do’s and don’ts.

See Bringing your dog>

Family fun


Manor illuminations

From dusk-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

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. All set to festive music.


Children's House trail

11.30am-6pm, until 2 Jan 2019

Pick up one of our free Christmas Carnival trails at the house entrance and all the family can join in the fun discovering unusual aspects of the collection. Free with children’s house tickets.

See all our Christmas activities>

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Christmas food and drink

We’ve plenty of places for you to eat this Christmas, with take-away options, seating indoors and outdoors, homemade stews and sweet treats.


Christmas lunches in the Manor

12pm-2.30pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the Manor Restaurant this Christmas.

Manor Christmas lunch menu>


Christmas afternoon tea in the Manor

12pm-4.30pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Savoury treats and delicious sweet fancies, created in-house by Craig, our talented head pâtissier, served with a glass of prosecco.

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Winter Wigwam

11am-5pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Snuggle up in our Winter Wigwam with sheepskin rugs and wool blankets. Be warmed by one of our hearty seasonal hot pots, made in house by our Chefs, choose from beef stew, vegan curry and options for the kids.

See the Wigwam menu>


Children's Christmas lunches in the Manor

12pm-2.30pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

The whole family can join in and enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the Manor Restaurant this Christmas.

Manor Children’s Christmas lunch menu>


Poupon's children's afternoon tea

12pm-4.30pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Treat the kids to their own special afternoon tea inspired by ‘Poupon’ Baron Ferdinand’s beloved black poodle.

Poupon’s children’s afternoon tea >

At the Stables


Stables Café

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Near to the Woodland Playground, just a short walk from the Manor, the Stables Café is informal and ideal for families. You can choose to sit indoors in our light and airy space, or brave the winter weather and eat outdoors in the Courtyard, snuggled under warm blankets and sheepskin rugs.

Stables Christmas menu>

Stables Take-Away menu>

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The Treaterie

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

You’ll find selection of seasonal hot pots, soup, festive cakes, mulled wine and goodies for children.

The Treaterie menu>

The afternoon tea was delicious, I had taken a friend for her 80th birthday and we were not disappointed the food and service was first class.

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Christmas baubles in the manor shop

Christmas shopping


Manor shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

You’ll find an exclusive range of bespoke jewellery, homeware, scarves, bags and more which have all been developed from objects in our collection.


Wine shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Festively decorated and stocked full of great wines for your Christmas and New Year celebrations. Choose from individual bottles to boxed gift cases.


Online shop

Always open

A great selection of unique gift ideas, food items, stationery and books. Together with our impressive range of Waddesdon own and guest wines. Perfect for Christmas presents.

Buy gifts and wine online>

Party the night away


We offer a unique atmosphere at Christmas time and the perfect venue for your party, with both the Dairy and Five Arrows Hotel offering Christmas party packages.

More about Christmas parties>

Become a member of the National Trust at Waddesdon

When booking your ticket to Waddesdon online, you now have the option to become a member of the National Trust.

Receive free entry to over 500 special places including Waddesdon, free parking at most National Trust car parks, National Trust handbook full of ideas to plan a visit, National Trust magazine three times a year and regular newsletters to your inbox.

Here’s how:

  • first select the date you’d like to visit Waddesdon
  • at ‘Step 1’, click ‘show all ticket types’
  • choose ‘Join the National Trust on the day’, with options for both adult and child
  • proceed with your booking journey
  • on the day of your visit, upon completion of your membership form at our Welcome Pavilion, you’ll become a National Trust member

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