Waddesdon Christmas Fair.

The programme for Waddesdon Manor’s Christmas celebrations has been revealed and includes festive shopping, biscuit-inspired displays, winter light displays, a light and sound show and a Christmas Fair.

The programme of festive events will take place each Wednesday to Sunday (excluding 24th to 26th December) from 9th November until 2nd January 2017.

25 years since its conception, artist Bruce Munro’s light display, Field of Light, will showcase 9,000 slender stems topped with frosted glass spheres in the Aviary Glade. The spheres, illuminated by optical fibre, will ‘bloom’ as darkness falls taking groups on a sensory journey through the gardens.

Light and sound show, Dazzle@Waddesdon, will also animate the house from dusk each day with a rainbow coloured light show occurring every 15 minutes.

In the Coach House Gallery at the Stables, a dolls house model of Waddesdon constructed entirely from gingerbread will be on display. The creation, which will be made by bakers, the Biscuiteers, will be over two metres in size and will capture intricate details of the rooms, such as its paintings, furniture and ceramics, which will be modelled in icing.

The creation is set to take over 500 hours and use 240 eggs and 216kg of icing.

Meanwhile, Waddesdon’s Christmas Fair from 16th November to 11th December will feature 60 exhibitors offering a selection of Christmas gifts and festive foods from local artisan producers as well as independent traders from around the country. 

There will also be Waddesdon’s Manor Shop and Wine Shop, as well as two seasonal pop-up shops at the stables.

About Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor was built in 1874 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his collection of art treasures and to entertain.

The house is now managed by The Rothschild Foundation, under the chairmanchip of Lord Rothschild.

For more information visit www.waddesdon.org.uk.

Photo credit: Stuart Bebb (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor.