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Christmas events in the Cotswolds

Posted: Mon, 27th Nov 2023
Christmas Market

Add a little seasonal sparkle and festive cheer to your Yuletide celebrations with a foray into one of the many Christmas events taking place in the Cotswolds. Wrap up warm for a wander through the treasure-laden stalls of a Cotswold Christmas market or follow an enchanted trail of twinkling lights through a winter wonderland. Warm up with a dreamy hot chocolate or a steaming mug of spicy mulled wine, accompanied by a crumbly mince pie or two, of course.

If you’ve already booked one of our beautiful boltholes for a Cotswold Christmas break or are still looking for the perfect winter weekend retreat, you’ll find a round-up of our favourite Cotswold Christmas events below. 

Enchanted Light Trail at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Until 31 December 2023

This is a magical treat for the whole family, both young and old. Explore the farm park after hours, let your little ones feed the farm animals their night-time snack and then follow the enchanted light trail around the paddocks. Dotted along the paths are crackling fire pits (where you can toast a cheeky marshmallow) and wonderful photo opportunities. Indulge in some festive food and drink and splurge a little in the gift shop on unique Christmas gifts.

Cottages near Cotswold Farm Park: Temple Guiting Cottage, Teagles Cottage, Kimkeri, Poppy Cottage

Christmas at Blenheim Palace

17 November 2023 – 1 January 2024

Christmas at Blenheim Palace is a magical experience for all ages. Explore the palace transformed to retell the classic fairytale of Sleeping Beauty or wander along the after-dark illuminated light trail where the picture-perfect gardens are adorned with glittering tunnels of light and trees are flooded in colour. New this year on the trail are giant chandeliers, a heart arch walk and water fountain show – a stunning combination of light and water shooting into the air in time to music. Be mesmerised by the floating candles before warming up with a hot chocolate from the Christmas Market.

Cottages near Blenheim Palace: Apple Store Cottage, Brown’s CottageHayloft at Newbarn Farm, Tachbrook

Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light

24 November 2023 – 30 December 2023 (selected dates)

This magical after-dark experience takes place in the spectacular grounds of Sudeley Castle. Follow the illuminated trail through the magical gardens, see sparkling water features and the mesmerising carpet of colour. Festive warmers of spiced mulled wine and hot chocolate are available to sip as you wander, then afterwards treat yourself to doughnuts on the castle terrace.

Cottages near Sudeley Castle: Sudeley Castle Guest Cottage, Barebones Farm, Mercia House, Outbak Shepherds Hut

Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas

24 November 2023 – 23 December 2023 (selected evenings)

Enjoy a multi-sensory immersive experience among the trees at Westonbirt Arboretum. Set out on a magical adventure through the illuminated pathways, wonderful light displays and enchanting spectacles, an unforgettable experience for all the family. There are Christmas Villages to explore both pre and post the trail.

Cottages near Westonbirt Arboretum: 27 Horsefair, Grindstone Mill, Barns Lee

The Enchanted Garden by Night

7 December 2023 – 6 January 2024 (selected dates)

New this year is the chance to see the willow-sculpted friends at Painswick Rococo Garden charmingly lit up by night. Meet dancing fairies, magical unicorns and friendly dragons, all illuminated against the backdrop of this beautiful garden. Enjoy delicious seasonal treats and winter warmers including marshmallow-topped hot chocolate and mulled wine and pop into the shop for locally sourced gifts.

Cottages near Painswick: Stable Cottage at Freams Farm, Court Cottage, Locks Cottage

Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market

7 – 10 December 2023

Get into the festive spirit with a wander around the much-loved Victorian Christmas market. This themed, award-winning event sees stallholders dressed in Victorian costumes, fabulous food stalls and street entertainment, including a traditional funfair with a vintage carousel. If this doesn’t get you into the festive spirit, nothing will!

Cottages near Stratford-upon-Avon: 33 Percy Street, Trinity Cottage, Swifts Retreat

Broadway Late Night Christmas Shopping evenings

24 November 2023 and 1st December 2023

The stunning village of Broadway is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland for its two festive late-night shopping evenings. You’ll feel as though you have stepped back in time as you wander beneath the traditional fairy lights strung from the branches of the chestnut trees lining the main street, illuminating the timeless, Georgian architecture. Shop fronts are ablaze with lights and the streets are filled with music, festive food and mulled wine.

Cottages near Broadway: Box Cottage, Swallows Rest, Old Fox Cottage

Tetbury Christmas Craft Fair

 2 December 2023

Taking place in early December, the Tetbury Christmas Craft Fair is held in the Tetbury Goods Shed and features a wonderful array of work by local craftspeople. Stalls include books, jewellery, pottery, needlework, quilting and tapestry, plus artists and glass workers. It’s a fabulous place to pick up unusual and unique Christmas gifts.

Cottages near Tetbury: Hillside Cottage, New Church Cottage, Christmas Cottage

Stow-on-the-Wold Christmas Tree Festival

7 – 10 December 2023

The Stow-on-the-Wold Christmas Tree Festival is a wonderful community event with a colourful display of Christmas trees decorated by children and organisations in the town adorning St Edward’s Church. Afterwards, shop for Christmas goodies in the independent boutiques and shops of Stow. 

Cottages near Stow-on-the-Wold: Stow House, Thimble Cottage, Yew Tree Cottage

Cirencester Christmas market

25 and 26 November 2023

Begin (or if you are exceptionally organised, finish) your Christmas shopping at the Cirencester Advent Market. This is sure to get the festive feelings flowing as you browse the stalls showcasing candles, homewares, local artists, handcrafted wooden toys and beautiful jewellery to a background of live music and carol singers. There will be plenty of festive food to keep you going as you shop.

Cottages near Cirencester: Cotswold Cottage, Field View, Fisherman’s Cottage

The Christmas Cotswold Fair

6 – 9 November 2023

The Christmas Cotswold Fair is the perfect place to pick up Christmas treats for your nearest and dearest and there is much to browse, all under one roof. The Christmas Cotswold Fair takes place in November at Evenlode Grounds and raises funds for WellChild. With 220 stalls in marquees offering an incredible array of products, you are sure to find something for even the most difficult of people to buy for. 

Cottages near Moreton-in-Marsh: Pineapple Spa Cottage, Little Elms, Poppy Cottage

Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas market and lights switch on

25 November 2023

Although only a one-day event, if you are close by a visit to the Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas market will fill you with festive cheer. The market opens at 9.30am with around 80 traders offering a fabulous array of gifts, foodstuffs and treasures. Father Christmas pays a visit from midday onwards and the event culminates with the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm.

Cottages near Moreton-in-Marsh: Teagles Cottage, Pilgrim Cottage, Thatch Cottage

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