Waddesdon Manor

22 November 2023 to 1 January 2024 Waddesdon Manor

This Christmas at Waddesdon, be spirited away to a magical wonderland as childhood tales come to life in the house and new light displays outside enchant and delight. Visitors will be immersed in a magical world thanks to the exceptional collaboration of a group of passionate creative artists who are all coming together in Buckinghamshire to create a unique, joyful experience like nowhere else.

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. Watch the fairytale château come alive whilst bringing the Manor’s extraordinary architecture to life.

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.

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 popular Food Village returns this year. Pick up delicious festive food and drink to takeaway and enjoy while exploring the grounds, from 22 Novovember – 1 January. Enjoy a scrumptious Christmas Afternoon Tea, Wednesday – Sunday, 22 November – 31 December (plus Monday 1 January), 12.30-5pm in the Manor Restaurant.

Why not visit the spectacular Christmas Fair, Wednesday – Sunday, 22 November – 17 December. Set against the backdrop of the floodlit North Front of the Manor with its 20ft Christmas trees, soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with hand-selected stalls all housed in charming wooden chalets, surrounded by twinkling trees.

Spend a magical day out at Waddesdon this Christmas.

Further Information:  What’s on – Waddesdon Manor