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Christmas in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a magical place all year round but there is something special about Christmas in the Cotswolds. There is so much going on around the area and most of the lovely towns and villages are dressed for Christmas creating some amazing experiences and great photo opportunities.
Christmas Day Bourton on the Water

Christmas in the Cotswolds!

Christmas in the Cotswolds has to be one of the best times of the year and the best place to be!

*”When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of The Cotswolds and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”

The Cotswolds are a magical place all year round but there is something special about Christmas in the Cotswolds. There is so much going on around the area and most of the lovely towns and villages are dressed for Christmas, creating some amazing experiences and great photo opportunities.

 

*Mecilessly plagiarised from Phil in Groundhog Day!

Alice in the Palace and the Illuminated Light Trail at Blenheim Palace.

Start your Christmas

Start your day by escaping the bustle of the high street and join them for their Christmas Market. Next, take a journey into the new Alice in the Palace experience, explore the topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland. Don’t miss their ever popular Illuminated Light Trail. The formal gardens will be lit up in festive colour, brighter than ever before with thousands of tea-lights

It promises to be more spectacular than ever and this venue is always worth visiting. Checkout the website here . Advanced booking is essential as it does get busy but it never feels crowded due to the amount of space. We’ve been for the last couple of years and is a great experience for adults and children.

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt

Put the sparkle in your family Christmas, and set out on the all new Enchanted Woodland illuminated trail.

The fairies have been up to mischief at Westonbirt Arboretum this winter. They have been casting spells over the trees to transform it into an Enchanted wood. Wind your way through the trees to discover an enchanted wonderland of light and magic, meeting woodland characters along the way.

Our popular Christmas village is back ready for you to soak up the seasonal cheer by creating some Christmas arts and crafts with the family. Explore the Christmas market stalls and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine…

Voted number 1 last year as being Britain’s Favourite Christmas Light Display, Enchanted Christmas will be highlight of your Christmas celebrations this year.

With an all new trail to explore, new light displays to discover and new magical characters to meet, this is Enchanted Christmas as you’ve never seen it before…

This is a very popular event so again advanced bookings are necessary so checkout their website here for more details and booking information.

Market Square Cirencester
Salvation Army in the Market Square in Cirencester

 

Cirencester

Christmas in Cirencester is always special and creates a truly memorable family outing in our vibrant, beautiful and historical market town of Cirencester; ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’.

Cirencester is just a few miles from the lodges and has an extensive program of events leading up to Christmas. there seems to be something going on through most of November and December. Check out the local council website here for details of events.

Some of the events going on around us!

  • The Cirencester Advent Festival & Light Switch On Saturday 30 November 11am – 7pm
  • Cirencester Arts and Craft Market Sunday 1 December 10am – 5pm
  • Christmas Market Weekend Saturday 7 December to Sunday 8 December 10am – 5pm
  • Festive Farmer’s Markets Saturday 14 December & Saturday 21 December 9am – 2.30pm
  • Cirencester Christmas Gift Markets Monday 2 December 10am – 4pm; Tuesday 3 December to Thursday 5 December 10am to 5pm; Friday 6 December 9am to 3pm

Also don’t forget to check out our own things to do!

 

Bourton on the Water's Floating Christmas Tree