The Festive month is already upon us and the advent calendars are already well under deconstruction by the kids, and so signals the start of the season where parents everywhere have a new morning routine of explaining that
“No, you can’t eat all the chocolates now and Yes, you can only have one chocolate each day and No, I don’t think that door did accidentally open by itself……”
So to celebrate a month of twinkling lights, familiar music and spicy scents to brighten up the dark evenings here’s a rundown of what’s happening across the beautiful Cotswolds and our adjoining counties for you to enjoy!
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Bath – Christmas Market & Procession

Best time of year.. Bath Christmas market #bathchristmasmarket #bath #christmas

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  ♥ As always Bath takes Christmas head on with Twinkling Lights and Themed Decorations – This year they’re going with the Enchanted Forest and many mythical creatures will be in full dress and filing down the streets with  The Holburne Museum Lantern Procession.
♥ The Bath Christmas Market runs from November 26 to December 13, with a huge 170 traditional stalls, Santa will be in his Grotto, you can skate on the ice rink and the famous Après Ski Bar will be super packed for good reason!

Bourton on the Water – Christmas Evening Lights Switch On

Bourton on the water at Christmas - Magical

Bourton on the water at Christmas – Magical – Found on Flickr – credit davek33 – See full post here

♥ The First Friday in December will see the switching on of the lights on the tree in the River Windrush by Adam Henson of Cotswold Farm Park at 6.30pm and the High Street will be shut to traffic for the whole event, leaving you plenty of time to take in the gorgeous twinkling lights reflected on the pretty River Windrush and enjoy a few mince pies as well as grabbing something lovely to add to your Christmas shopping from the fair running from 4-9pm. Oh…and did we mention Santa will be dropping in!!

Broadway Village – Late Night Christmas Shopping


  ♥ Broadway opens it’s doors late for Christmas Shopping on 27th November and 4th December, with carole singing and sparkly Christmas lights you’ll not be able to leave anything other than super excited for Christmas. The independent shops and tea rooms, plus pubs and restaurants are a real delight here in Broadway, all opening until 8.30 or later.  

Cheltenham – Christmas Market and More


♥ The well loved and buzzing Cheltenham Christmas Market will run from December 3rd to the 20th, taking up the whole of the promenade. There’s around 40 stalls selling traditional homemade gifts and food and drinks, many of which are beautifully packaged and perfect for stocking fillers! Mulled wine and mince pies are a definite!
♥ Father Christmas will switch on the lights in Cheltenham town centre this year!

Chipping Norton

Getting Festive! @simonsmithhair #ChippingNorton #Cotswolds #Festivities A photo posted by Grace Galer (@gracegaler) on

  ♥ The first Friday of the month is a busy one in The Cotswolds as Chippy kicks off on the 4th December. Great stuff with free parking, late-night shopping, carol singing and a hog roast. Celebrity outdoor enthusiast Ben Fogle will be judging some fun festive competitions, with ‘Best dressed shop window’ and ‘Best shopkeeper’s Christmas jumper’ amongst others!  



Nordic Santas back in stock! at #giftcirencester. 🎅 #cirencester #cirencestershopping #tetbury #swindon #stroud #cotswolds

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♥  The light up is on 28th November 28 brought to life with live music, delicious food stalls and a celebrity lights-on ceremony.
♥  Head back for the 4th to the 7th December when The Corinium Museum will be hosting a Christmas Craft Fair where you can choose from many carefully handcrafted gifts from local creatives 
♥ Head over on 21st December for the Cirencester Christmas Spectacular! 6.30pm Bingham Hall – promises to be a fabulous performance – the crew are working hard to ensure you love every moment – book here


The first of many Christmas wreaths have begun! #rustic #christmasdecor #florist #wreath A photo posted by Daisy Belle (@daisybellefloraldesign) on

♥ Head over for Dursley’s Christmas lights switch on on 27th November and enjoy an evening of festive entertainment, local shopping and Christmas market stalls. The event will start at 4.30pm and will continue until 10.30pm.
♥  Slimbridge brings Christmas to the bird park whilst doing it’s bit for nature with Floodlit Swan Suppers plus creative arts and crafts and Santa will be here from 12th to 23rd December you can read the full timetable here  


#cold #evesham #lights #trees #park #river #riveravon #dark #night

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♥ So they started really early in Evesham 21st November for the light switch-on. 
♥ Evesham’s traditional Christmas market will be lit beautifully from that early switch on and will be on the High Street from 7th to 9th December, forget the diet for this month and enjoy the seasonal foods on offer plus collect your stocking fillers with handcrafted gifts and festive decorations 

Forest of Dean


♥ GB paratriathlete Andy Lewis was starting early over in the Forest, he was there to switch the lights on in Lydney on November 28.
♥ Puzzlewood is just magical and even more so at this time of year when Father Christmas and his elves will be wandering the woods during the weekends of 5th-6th, 12th-13th and 19th-24th December. ♥ Santa Special on the railway?? Head over to Dean Forest Railway from the 4th December right up until Christmas Eve. Santa will be there and kids can enjoy a mince pie and a visit.


♥ The Gloucester Waterways Museum has a very special 
Santa Cruise, daily from 12th – 24th December. Grown ups can enjoy a mince pie with mulled wine whilst Santa shares gifts for the smaller family members.  



♥ Too lovely to miss – lights switch on 4th December  with food and festivities on the gorgeous High Street.
♥ Kenilworth Castle is very festive this year starting with a weekend of fun from 12th – 13th December followed up with Carols on 19th December.  


♥ Carols around the Tree in Kingham – what’s not to love!! Monday 7th December  at 7pm by Churchill Fountain and Sunday 13th December  at 4.45pm on Kingham Green.  



Good morning #MalvernHills – great photo via @PeterLeadbetter A photo posted by TheMalvernHills (@themalvernhills) on

♥ Malvern Vintage and Retro Fair is 5th December on Abbey Road 10-4
♥ Malvern Theatre is playing a Christmas Carol from 9th to 16th December
♥ Peter Pan is this years Pantomime – we’re booked and can’t wait!! Runs from 10th December through to 3rd January
♥ Lots and lots of lights, views and gorgeous independent Boutique shops and coffee houses to replenish and refueld during your shopping trips!

Moreton in Marsh

♥ Moreton in Marsh got done early with 60 plus stalls at the annual Christmas Market on November 28, come and enjoy the lights now they’re up and lighting the dark evenings it’s such a beautiful place to visit.  


Come to The Ox House and enjoy our Christmas wines ❄️⛄️🍷#festive A photo posted by The Ox House (@northleach_wine_company) on
♥ Lights were lit 28th November so everywhere will be looking and feeling lovely and festive ♥ Head over on 5th December for a Christmas food and craft market – lots of mulled win to keep you warm!


Christmas is coming 🎄🎁🎅 #christmas#christmastree#oxfordchristmas#holidays

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  ♥ Oxford was blessed with a beautiful lantern procession on 22nd  November and continues to share Christmas cheer throughout December in the many local and independent shops, a really fun atmosphere and beautiful surroundings!


♥ Painswicks Christmas Fair promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s with stalls, refreshments, games and entertainment, there will be something for everyone on 4th December 3-5pm


♥ Worcester Male Voice Choir will sing at Pershore Abbey on 5th December – book here ♥ Pershore Christmas Market is in Broad Street on 13th December – well worth a visit in sparkly surroundings as the lights are already lit!

Royal Leamington Spa

♥ Not to be missed – Lantern parade taking place on 6th December from 4-6pm accompanied by Carol Singing and the Spa Brass Band. Arrive early its going to be busy!

Shipston on Stour

♥ A look back in time with  a Victorian Market on December 4th from 6-8pm, accompanied by carols, refreshment and a visit from Santa!

Stow on The Wold

Santa’s Grotto ❄ #FossewayGardenCentre #SoPretty #ChristmasIsComing #FeelingFestive . A photo posted by Alice Currill (@alicekate90) on
♥ Stows Christmas Tree Festival is on December 2, when the town lights are switched on. And at 6pm, the grand opening of the 2015 Tree Festival will take place at St Edwards Church. ♥ On the 5th December Santa will be in his Grotto at the very beautiful St Edwards church where there will also be face-painting

Stratford Upon Avon

  ♥ Stratford is pretty well known for it’s Christmas light display which goes live November 26 and will be there to enjoy throughout the festive season. ♥ Take in some Culture and learn a little more about the Christmases of the last five centuries in the Shakespeare Houses starting on 5th December and running right through until 6th January 2016. ♥ Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 26th November to 19th December The Shakespeare’s Birthplace will host a sparkling Lightshow!


#stroud #Christmas #trees A photo posted by Karen Bowers (@onewomansview) on
♥  The Christmas Tree Festival is now in it’s 10th year and is no less enjoyable, kicking off with the lights switching on 29th November ♥ Double the fun this year with be two Christmas Farmer’s Markets Stroud this year – the first is 19th December  and again on 23rd December for those last minute gifts and of course you can choose from the finest local produce for the Christmas Day Dinner ♥ Stroud will also be opening it’s annual Goodwill Evening on 4th December from 5-9pm. Head to Santa’s workshop, late-night shop your way around, or get involved with some festive arts and crafts.


#Cinderella #pantomime #ohyesitis

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♥ The absolutely gorgeous Festival of Light takes place in Tewkesbury every year, and leaves the whole area glowing for the festive season ♥ Enjoy this atmosphere at Tewkesbury Farmers Market and Craft Fair on 12th December at Abbey Lawns Car Park, Gander Lane from 9am to 1.30pm


My town does christmas well. #instacollage #warwick #warwickvictorianevening #christmaslights #christmas A photo posted by Anna Katherine Laycock (@annakatherinel) on
♥ Warwick Castle – could you think of a more gorgeous spot at Christmas!!? Enjoy a festive evening tour of the Castle on 13th December and 22nd-23rd December or if you’re more of a morning person – head over for breakfast with Santa every Saturday throughout December and every day from 21st-23rd.  


#westonbirtarboretum #enchanted #Christmas

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  ♥ Westonbirt Arboretum is hosting the Enchanted Christmas, celebrating the beauty of Westonbirt’s trees. Walk a mile long, beautifully illuminated trail where Father Christmas and his wife will be handing out gifts and telling seasonal stories. Running from 27th November until 20th December and opening daily from 5pm-7.30pm you’ve time to enjoy this gorgeous early evening!


♥ This Christmas Festival is absolutely overflowing with music, food and gift stalls and entertainment and is taking place in Winchcombe on the 1st. About 40 stallholders will be setting up in the town centre for the evening and there will be seasonal, live entertainment. North Street will close to traffic and the Abbey Terrace car park will be closed to host activities, stalls and entertainment.


#strattonAudley #christmas #christmasgifts

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♥ A Night of a Thousand Candles Festival takes place on Saturday 28th November with music, mulled wine and roasted Chestnuts. The town itself is a beautiful place to shop, with gorgeous historic buildings and independent shops – even if you’re busy at one of the other events across The Cotswolds for this one – drop in and have a wander throughout December!  


♥ A place close to my heart, gorgeous and steeped in History Worcester is absolutely thriving from November 26, as the Victorian Christmas Fayre visits again. Row after row of stalls, fun, food and a great atmosphere with music and artists to brighten your visit and bring out the Christmas cheer!
Phew, that’s quite a roundup! I think we can be happy in the knowledge that The Cotswolds knows exactly how to do Christmas! And this is not everything by a long shot – there’s so much choice at 28 I thought there was a worry you’d have to turn to more mulled wine to make it through so thought I best stop there.
Do you know somewhere in the Cotwolds that’s truly making Christmas special? Drop us a line and we’ll feature your local event too! Collected and shared with love by Elaine from Live Love Cotswolds.