Christmas is a VERY big deal at Waddesdon Manor. They’ve now even won the award for Best Christmas Experience! If you living within driving distance I highly recommend that you visit. The Christmas events at Waddesdon Manor haven’t started yet but the house tickets tend to sell out well in advance so I recommend you book now.
As soon as it opens I’ll be posting my review of this year’s Christmas market, events and trails on this post. In the mean time have a look at the post from last year by clicking this link.
Christmas Events at Waddesdon Manor in 2019
As well as the decorated rooms and trees in the house (house tickets required, including for members) there is a free children’s trail. There is also going to be a light installation in the Coach house called Light in motion (included with admission). In the gardens there is a winter light trail from dusk until 6pm (included with admission, dogs welcome).
The house itself is light up to music from dusk each day, and this year there are TWO shows. Here’s a snippet from last year. In 2018 there was an additional, more dramatic, display against the wall of the stables but I’m not sure if that’s happening again this year. In 2017 the show was against the main house and it was fantastic. I hope that’s what they’re doing this year. There will also be two giant LED baubles in the stables for a truly festive photo opportunity.
Waddesdon Manor are doing another Christmas illuminated woodland trail in 2019. This year it will be carol themed and will help raise money for local schools. This will be on Miss Alice’s Drive and is included with admission.
The Christmas Market
The amazing Christmas market runs from 11am – 6pm 16th November until 22nd December. The stalls may vary across the month so it’s worth popping back. (entry included with admission). Stalls typically include clothes, crafts, beauty products, cheeses, meats, jams & preserves, hot and cold food & drinks and lots of ideas for Christmas presents.
Food and drink at Waddesdon Manor at Christmas
Whilst food and drink has never been a problem at Waddesdon Manor (there are several different places dotted all around), it’s positively full of treats at Christmas! The winter wigwam is back for 2019 near the summer house. There’s more formal Christmas dining in the manor restaurant, including their lovely afternoon tea. We did the children’s afternoon tea a couple of years ago and it was really good. There is also the stables cafe, a coffee cart and the Treaterie.
Don’t forget allllllll the food and drink stalls in the Christmas market. There’s usually a really good burger hut, lots of mulled wine and plenty more. You definitely won’t go hungry!
Sat 16 Nov 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020, Wed-Sun
Open: Mon 30 & Tue 31 Dec
Closed: Mon 23 – Thurs 26 Dec
Grounds: 11am-6pm. House: 11.30am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm.
Ground tickets only (including the Christmas market)
£11 Adult, £5.50 Child, £27.50 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children). National Trust members: Free. Pre-booking is not required but entry may be quicker if you already have your ticket.
House tickets – pre-booking is strongly recommended. You’ve previously been able to buy a few tickets on the door but these tend to see out within minutes of opening. I’m not sure if they’ll be offering this again in 2019
Wed-Fri: £26 Adult, £14 Child, £66 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)
National Trust: £5 Adult, £2.50 Child, £12.50 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)
Sat-Sun: £28.50 Adult, £15.25 Child, £72.25 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)
National Trust: £7.50 Adult, £3.75 Child, £18.75 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)