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Christmas markets in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 12:40 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:26 19 September 2017

Bath Christmas market (c) antb / Shutterstock

Bath Christmas market (c) antb / Shutterstock

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From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas Fayres and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in and around the Cotswolds this season

Bath

From Thursday November 23 the Christmas lights of Bath will be twinkling once again. Enjoy a host of entertainment, including carol singers, children’s entertainers and musicians, while you peruse the Christmas market stalls.

Bath’s Christmas market will be open November 23 to Sunday December 10 and offer over 170 traditional stalls, Santa’s Grotto, an ice rink and an Après Ski Bar.

Bourton-on-the-Water

The date for Bourton-on-the-Water’s lights-on extravaganza and late-night shopping event is yet to be confirmed.

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Broadway

Broadway will be open for late night shopping Friday November 24 and Friday December 1, so soak up the festive season with carol singers, street entertainers and hundreds of twinkling Christmas lights. There’s an abundance of independent shops, local tea rooms, pubs and restaurants to visit – all of which will be open 5.30pm until 8.30pm or later.

Treat yourself to a mulled wine and a warm mince pie while you enjoy the festivities in the charming Cotswold village.

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Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s beloved Christmas Market will take place from Thursday November 23 to Saturday December 16. Visitors can expect mugs of hot mulled cider and wine and warm winter baps, all the while browsing over 40 stalls selling traditional homemade gifts, knick knacks and lots of tasty and unusual food and drink.

There will also be a Christmas Market hosted at Cheltenham Ladies College on Saturday November 4 and Sunday November 5 promising a day of festive fun and shopping including the chance to buy decorations, luxury clothing, local food and drink and more.

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Chipping Campden

Picture-perfect Chipping Campden will host its exciting annual Christmas Market and festive lights switch-on on Saturday December 2. A number of stalls will be in attendance for unique gifts alongside a bevy of local entertainment and choir performances. The tree will be lit up at 4.30pm and the town’s lights will be switched on 30 minutes later.

Chipping Norton

The wonderful market town of Chipping Norton will gear up for its celebration of festivities again this year. The date is yet to be confirmed.

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Cirencester

Festive celebrations will begin in Cirencester on Saturday December 2 with the annual Sparkles Advent Festival & Market, with a light switch-on, usually with a celebrity guest in attendance, live music, plenty of delicious food stalls, fireworks and fair rides.

There will also be a special Cirencester Sparkles Christmas Weekend Market in and around the newly revamped Cirencester market place on Saturday December 16 and Sunday December 17.

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Dursley

Embrace the festivities in Dursley which will host the annual light switch-on and an array of Christmas themed stalls, music, fairground rides and fireworks, all taking place on Friday November 24 from 4pm, with the light switch-on scheduled for 5.30pm.

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Evesham

Festive fun in Evesham begins this year on Saturday November 25 with the countdown for the light switch-on beginning at 5.30pm. From 12pm, the town will be bursting with Christmas cheer: Christmas carols and live music can be enjoyed throughout the day, alongside a market hosted in the High Street and Bridge Street, all before Father Christmas arrives with his reindeer at 3pm.

Following the Christmas lights switch-on, visitors can enjoy a fireworks extravaganza and a Rock ‘n’ Rollin’ Christmas sing-a-long.

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Fairford

Fairford’s Market Place will play host to a Christmas market full stalls selling a variety of festive foodie treats and unique gifts.

Get into the festive spirit on Friday December 1 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm where, while you shop, live street entertainment, fairground rides and the chance to meet Santa in his Grotto, before the light switch-on, will be there for the whole family to enjoy.

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Forest of Dean

The date for Lydney’s Christmas lights switch-on is to be confirmed.

Explore the magic of ancient Puzzlewood, where you can find Father Christmas and his elves roaming the woods during Saturday December 9 to Sunday December 10, and Saturday December 16 to Sunday December 24.

For an unforgettable festive experience, follow the magical tale of Evie’s airplane and the chance to meet Father Christmas in the mesmeric setting of Clearwell Caves. The dates are to be confirmed.

Dean Forest Railway is running Santa Specials on selected dates from Friday December 8 up until Christmas Eve. You can meet the man in red on his own steam train, enjoy a warm mince pie and all children will receive a free gift. Booking is essential.

The highlight of the Taurus Crafts’ calendar, the annual Christmas Market will take place during the first three weekends of December (December 2 & 3, 9 & 10 and 16 & 17 from 10.30am-5.30pm) where the onsite makers and creative businesses, alongside over 30 independent traders, will create a lively hub for Christmas shoppers to meet and pick up unique gifts.

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Gloucester

The historic Gloucester Quays will be filled once again with Yuletide cheer during the annual Victorian Christmas Market from Thursday November 16. Wander round stalls brimming with delicious food and drink, festive gifts and hand-crafted items all to the backdrop of Christmas carols, a brass band, street entertainment and an open-air ice rink.

More details will be announced soon.

Moreton-in-Marsh

There will be fun and festive treats, locally-made gifts and crafts, tasty local produce and a vast range of stalls at the annual Christmas Market taking place on Saturday November 25 from 9am. As evening approaches, the streets of Moreton-in-Marsh will be lit up with the switching-on of the market town’s Christmas lights.

Keep up-to-date with the timing of the day’s events on the Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas Market and Lights Switch on Facebook page.

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Oxford

Oxford’s Christmas Lights Festival will run from Friday November 17 to Sunday November 19, where an exciting programme of arts, culture and performances will be taking place across the city’s streets and much-loved venues. Watch highlights from last year’s festival here.

Boasting a backdrop of choir singing and gorgeous aromas of mulled wine, Oxford’s Broad Street will become home to the Oxford Christmas market from Thursday December 7 to Sunday December 17 full of homemade crafts, festive foodie treats and perfect stocking-fillers.

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Painswick

Details for festive celebrations in Painswick are to be announced.

Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold’s annual Christmas Tree Festival in The Square will take place on Friday December 8 at 6pm. More details will be announced soon.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford’s famous and well-loved Christmas light display will be switched on a date in November (to be confirmed), with festive activities taking place from the morning onwards. Visitors to the historic town can enjoy late-night shopping, festive markets and plenty of street entertainment.

For the first time, Stratford-upon-Avon will also host a three day Victorian Christmas market from Friday December 8 to Sunday December 10 throughout the town centre. Over 150 stalls will be available to browse with a vast selection of festive local produce, bespoke decorations, handmade trinkets and unique presents. In the midst of the medieval streets, you’ll feel like you’re in a whole other century!

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Stroud

Now in its 13th year, the much-anticipated Christmas Tree Festival will be marking the start of the festive season in Stroud. Hosted by St. Laurence Church, the lights adorning the trees will be switched on by BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Dominic Cotter on Sunday November 26. On Sunday December 3 at 4pm, the Christmas Tree Festival Songs of Praise will mark the end of the festival.

The dates for Stroud’s Christmas Farmer’s Markets, brimming with local produce ready for your Christmas dinner, will be announced shortly.

The town’s annual Goodwill Evening will take place Friday December 1 with an ‘Under the Sea’ theme. Visitors can take a trip to Santa’s workshop, indulge in a spot of late-night shopping and embrace the festivities.

Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury’s annual Festival of Lights is taking place Sunday November 19 and festive celebrations will be held from 12pm. There will be traditional carols, street dancing and plenty of stalls to browse along the High Street.

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Worcester

The historic streets of Worcester will come alive Thursday November 20 when the renowned Victorian-themed Christmas Fayre is officially opened by the Mayor of Worcester, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Up until Sunday December 3, visitors can browse over 200 stalls of artisan gifts whilst enjoying the joyful sounds of instrumental performances and the heart-warming smells of roasting chestnuts.

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Westonbirt Aboretum

The Arboretum is holding an Enchanted Christmas event to celebrate the beauty of Westonbirt’s trees. Visitors can walk a one-mile illuminated trail and Father Christmas and his wife will be in attendance each evening to hand out gifts and tell seasonal stories. The event is running on the evenings of December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 and trails start from either 5pm, 6pm or 7pm, with each trail lasting one hour.

Winchcombe

A Christmas Festival brimming with music, festive food, gift stalls and entertainment is taking place in Winchcombe in early December (date to be confirmed). Plenty of stallholders will be setting up shop in the town centre for the evening and there will an exciting line-up of seasonal, live entertainment.

North Street will be closed to traffic and the Abbey Terrace car park will also be used to host activities, stalls and entertainment.

Woodstock

Enjoy a Christmas market full of stalls showcasing plenty of gift ideas from jewellery to woodcrafts, all held at St May Magdalene Church on Thursday November 25 10am-7.30pm. For a small donation you can even have a selfie with Santa himself!

Christmas comes to Blenheim Palace on Friday November 24 to Monday January 1 with the estate becoming a winter wonderland of illuminations.

Where is your favourite place in the Cotswolds to celebrate Christmas?

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