Groups can now book tickets for Waddesdon Manor’s Christmas Winter Light event with discounts available. 

Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

Source: © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor/Hugh Mothersole

Groups can book their spot at Waddesdon Manor’s Winter Light event.

The team at Waddesdon Manor are accepting group bookings for trips Wednesday-Friday, due to restricted numbers and to avoid crowds, and are asking groups of 15 or more interested in the Christmas season to make an enquiry first by emailing them.

The Winter Light event, which includes an ‘extravaganza of magical lights and a 30-day long Christmas Fair’, gets under way on Saturday 14th November and runs until Sunday 3rd January 2021.

Pippa Shirley, head of collections & gardens, said: “Christmas is a magical time at Waddesdon, and this year, we are focusing on making the most of our extraordinary landscape and buildings for visitors to enjoy outdoors without crowding.

Aviary gardens light trail at Waddesdon Manor

Source: © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor/Hugh Mothersole

The estate will be lit up for the season.

“The Manor looks like a fairy-tale castle at the best of times, and at Christmas it is truly enchanting. We’re looking forward to welcoming families and children to enjoy the unique atmosphere, sparkle, glamour and fun of Waddesdon at this festive time of year.”

More about the Winter Light event

Opening hours will be midday until 7.30pm to allow more visitors to see the gardens light up as darkness falls.

The outdoor display will use a variety of state-of-the-art effects, combined with light installations to offer groups a different perspective of the estate. Guests can also see the façade of the Manor illuminated with dancing lights set to music.

Waddesdon Manor has had many Christmas displays through the years. Here’s a reminder of its 2018 event:

Other aspects of the light display include dozens of suspended orbs in a sequenced walk-through musical light show, an illuminated route with work created by children from around 35 local schools on a theme of ‘when you wish upon a star’, and a light in motion creation of colourful pipes that twist and turn in an installation set to a soundscape. 

More than 80 artisan stalls selling handmade gifts, decorations and food will make up the Christmas Fair which runs from 14th November until 23rd December.

The house will remain shut this Christmas due to social distancing protocols. All visits must be pre-booked.

All groups should make their enquiries by emailing You can find more information by visiting