Christmas 2017 at Waddesdon Manor: 11 November 2017 – 2 January 2018 (markets run from 15 November – 10 December).
If you’re not yet feeling the festive tingles, then get yourself over to Waddesdon Manor and prepare to be dazzled. We went after the sun had gone down and it was magical, if you can make sure you take the kids down there once it’s dark (not too bad now with these short days!)
As soon as you step foot off the courtesy bus at the North Fountain you’ll be transported into a wonderland of incredible lights, sounds and smells. The grounds in front of the House have this year been used for the Christmas markets. The little wooden chalet stalls (of which there are over 80), are packed with goodies if you’re looking to pick up some Christmas presents, or fancy treating yourself. And why not?! There are also stalls selling handmade decorations, beautiful homeware and artisan foods, as well as yummy nibbles and drinks so bring some cash and an empty tummy. The Christmas market runs from 15 November – 10 December 2017.
The bit you really don’t want to miss, and which will blow your Christmas socks off, is the light show Waddesdon Imaginarium. This starts at 4.15pm lasting for 10 minutes and runs every 15 minutes. It’s honestly one of the most spectacular light shows I’ve seen. The show and the music accompanying it has been produced by students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Prepare to be amazed as you watch images of birds, clocks, animals and winter snow scenes projected onto the front of the Manor, all to an outstanding soundtrack.
Here’s a quick sneak peek
We had a tour of the House and were blown away by the extravagant and eclectic decorations inside. The theme this year is Enchanted Menagerie which celebrates all of Waddesdon’s actual and imagined animals. Each room and corridor has a different theme, you’ll see spectacular Christmas trees and displays using feathers, jewel encrusted animal decorations, birds, butterflies, a life-size zebra, and even a festive parrot. There’s a free trail available for children, so pick up your sheet at the entrance. The house is open from 11.30am – 6.00pm, with last entry at 5.30pm. Entry to the House is for ticket holders only and tickets need to be booked in advance, click here to book.
Take a walk round by the Aviary and the Stables to see the gardens like never before, with beautiful light work by American artist Lauren Booth. From neon parrots to a suspended dove and a giant illuminated dragon, Eclectic Menagerie is a sight not to miss. There’s also a free Willow Lantern Illuminated Trail for children through the woodland walk. This takes place from 4.00 – 6.00pm. All the lanterns have been made by children from local schools, and don’t miss the specially commissioned artwork by light artist Anna Whetstone entitled ‘From Little Acorns Mighty Oaks Do Grow’. This is an archway of individually lit metal oak leaves engraved by children with their name and their hope for the future.
There’s so much more going on too, including Letter Writing to Father Christmas and a Paddington Bear themed children’s afternoon tea. You can find out more and how to book these by clicking here.
Bravo, Waddesdon Manor, this is a Christmas experience not to be missed and we’ll certainly be returning again next year.
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00am – 6.00pm. The House is open 11.30am – 6.00pm. Closed 24 – 26 December.
Entry to Waddesdon Manor is free to National Trust members and under 5’s.
Non-National Trust entry to the grounds only – adults £10.00, children £5.00
Non-National Trust entry to the grounds and the House – adults £25.00, children £12.50
National Trust members entry to the House – adults £5.00, children £2.50
Advance booking is essential if you want to visit the house.
Address: Waddesdon Manor, Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
For more information on times, prices and to book online, click here. Please check all details before travelling in case of changes or cancellations. Details correct as of 16 November 2017.
We really hope you enjoyed this post. For more information on days out and what’s on this Christmas with the kiddies, click here.