Christmas is a particularly special time in the Cotswolds. Imagine snow dusted villages, with welcoming inns, complete with roaring log fires and you will understand why the Cotswolds enjoys visitors from all over the world during the festive period. The Christmas markets add an extra special layer of sparkle and good cheer to the reputation of the Cotswolds, and with the festivities including authentic German markets; independent retailers and the switching on of Christmas lights, there is much to delight the shopper. Here’s what is going on this year:
Cirencester, 29th November – 16th December
This ‘capital’ of the Cotswolds is already famous for the farmers’ market it holds twice a month, but the Christmas market is a sight to behold. This year there will be no German-style chalet stalls, but to make up for this there is a return to the Advent Festival and the Advent Market will run in the afternoons. There will also be the eclectic mix of independent retailers and diverse stalls you’d expect, selling crafts and a mixture of gifts and presents.
Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market, 13th – 15th December
The wonderfully historic Gloucester Quays sets the scene for a Victorian market, full of character and authenticity. This is one huge event that features over 150 stalls selling everything from handmade gifts, including wooden toys, artisan jewellery, homeware, fine clothes & accessories, and of course, home cooked food and drink. There will be live music to create the atmosphere and characters from Dickens will wander amongst shoppers. All this and it is free.
Christmas Gift Markets Stroud, 20th – 23rd December
Anyone who is stuck for a Christmas gift for a family member or friend should head down to Stroud, where they are holding a special 4-day Christmas market event in the Cornhill Market Square. On Friday 20th there is an crafts and gifts market, followed by the hugely popular Stroud farmers’ market Christmas market on Saturday 21st and then two more craft and gift fairs on the Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd.
Bath Christmas Market, 28th November - 15th December
For the next two weeks the streets of Bath become a Christmas shopping haven, as over 150 stalls grace the pavements, each one offering everything from handmade crafts, decorations and quirky gifts, to delicious home cooked food and drinks. All set amongst the historic architecture of beautiful Bath.
The Promenade, Cheltenham, 5th - 21st December
Cheltenham is renowned for having a huge range of shops and at Christmas they certainly live up to their reputation. The Promenade is transformed into a winter wonderland with a huge range of wooden chalet style stalls, all selling unique festive gifts. The Christmas market at Cheltenham has been running for 11 years now, and has proved to be a popular hit with shoppers for miles around.
Oxford Christmas Market, 13th - 22nd December 2013
Located in the heart of Oxford on the historic Broad Street, and surrounded by the historical Oxford University buildings, the ancient spires of churches and the many bicycles of students, the Oxford Christmas market is now firmly established into the hearts of the locals. This is a German-styled market with wooden chalets offering a truly wonderful selection of unique and quirky gifts for all ages. There is also a great range of hot food and drinks available. A fabulous atmosphere here at Oxford with local choirs and bands singing and playing, all while you shop.
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