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Cotswold Christmas breaks

Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2021
Christmas Market

Add a little seasonal sparkle and festive cheer to your Yuletide celebrations with a foray into one of the many Cotswold Christmas experiences taking place. 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 roundup of our favourite Cotswold Christmas events below. 

Adam Henson’s farm park enchanted light trail

26 November 2021 – 1 January 2022

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 The Cotswold Farm Park: Temple Guiting Cottage, Teagles Cottage, 1 Horseshoe Cottages, Poppy Cottage

Blenheim Palace illuminated Christmas lights trail

19 November 2021 – 2 January 2022

Christmas at Blenheim Palace is a magical experience for all ages. Wander along the after-dark illuminated trail where the picture-perfect gardens are adorned with glittering tunnels of light and trees are flooded in colour. Be mesmerised by the flickering flames in the fire garden 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

Broadway Christmas shopping evenings

26 November 2021 and 3rd December 2021

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. Shops 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

Cirencester Christmas market

20 November 2021 – 28 November 2021

Begin (or if you are exceptionally organised, finish) your Christmas shopping at the Cirencester Christmas Market. Open daily between 9am and 4pm for one week, 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, Lakeside

Daylesford Christmas fayre

8 November 2021 – 11 November 2021

Daylesford Farm 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 Daylesford Christmas fayre takes place in November and raises funds in support of Well-child. With 200 stalls in three 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 Daylesford: Brock Cottage, Monument Cottage, Poppy Cottage

Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas market and lights switch on

27 November 2021

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 9am 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 a 5pm.

Cottages near Moreton-in-Marsh: Bay Tree Cottage, Pilgrim Cottage, Thatch Cottage

Stow-on-the-Wold Christmas tree festival

9 December 2021 – 12 December 2021

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: 1 Horseshoe Cottages, Little Elms, Temple Guiting Cottage

Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas market

9 December 2021 – 12 December 2021

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, Cider House, Swifts Retreat

Sudeley Castle spectacle of light

26 November 2021 – 30 December 2021 (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 decadent 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

Tetbury Christmas craft fayre

 4 December 2021 – 5 December 2021

Taking place over two days in early December, the Tetbury Christmas craft fayre is held in the 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: Hayloft at Newbarn Farm, New Church Cottage, The Leat at Wynyard Mill

Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas

26 November 2021 – 21 December 2021 (selected dates)

Enjoy a multi-sensory immersive experience amongst the trees at Westonbirt Arboretum. A ferocious storm has separated Father Christmas from his reindeer and your help is needed to reunite them! Set out on a magical adventure through the illuminated pathways, wonderful light displays, and enchanting spectacles as you seek the elusive reindeer. There are Christmas Villages to explore both pre and post the trail.

Cottages near Westonbirt Arboretum: 27 Horsefair, Grindstone Mill, Hillside Cottage, Matara Lodge

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