What To Do This Christmas in the Cotswolds

We can’t wait for the festive season in the Cotswolds 2023. We know that snuggling up around the wood burner is tempting but there are many great events happening in the run-up to Christmas.

The Christmas Market at Blenheim Palace

17 November – 17 December

A magical Winter wonderland, Blenheim Palace is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. Immerse yourself in the story of Sleeping Beauty inside the palace or explore the illuminated trail in the 150 acres of garden. Looking for an amazing stocking filler for your loved one? There are over 70 designer and craft traders in the Great Court so you can shop till you drop!

Christmas Market
Blenheim Palace Christmas Market

Late Night Christmas Shopping in Broadway Village

24 November & 1 December

Broadway village comes alive with Christmas shoppers on Friday 24th November and Friday 1st December. We can’t wait to spend our Friday night indulging in mince pies and mulled wine whilst admiring the beauty of the village dressed in twinkling lights.

Christmas Shopping in Broadway Village
Christmas Shopping in Broadway Village

Cirencester Christmas Market

2 – 3 December

From 2-3rd December you can enjoy live carols under the Christmas tree in the market square of Cirencester with a glass of locally brewed cider. Cirencester will also host additional Christmas Gift Markets on the 10th, 17th and 19 – 21st December. With plenty of high-quality traders and craftsmen, this is the perfect place to pick up a unique Christmas gift for your other half.

Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas Market

25 November

See Moreton-in-Marsh sparkle as the Christmas lights are switched on along the high street. Sit back and enjoy this quintessential Cotswold town in all its glory as this festive evening brings together the true spirit of Christmas, as the local community comes together to celebrate.

Enchanted Light Trail, Cotswold Farm Park

Friday-Sunday’s throughout November and December plus 20-23rd and 28-31st December, excluding Christmas Eve

Create magical memories with the whole family at Cotswold Farm Park this Christmas. Feed the animals in their stables, enjoy a toasted marshmallow and hot chocolate by the fire and marvel at the illuminations in the Enchanted Forest. Usually if you book by the end of October, you’ll receive 20% off your tickets. As soon as the dates are announced for 2023 we will update this page.

Enchanted Light Trail
Enchanted Light Trail

Spectacle of Light, Sudeley Castle

24 November – 30 December

One of the most famous festive events in the Cotswolds, the Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle is not to be missed! Whether you want to explore as a family or have a romantic evening out for two, the magic of the Spectacle of Light is sure to capture your imagination.

Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle

Children’s Christmas Trail at Batsford

1 December – 5 January

The perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy, take a stroll around Batsford Arboretum and find the Christmassy characters to win a prize for your children to take home! As soon as the dates are announced for 2023 we will update this page.

Oxford Christmas Markets

Christmas at Cogges Manor Farm

Dates announced soon…

Visit Father Christmas himself at Cogges Manor Farm as he will be visiting all the way from the North Pole for a weekend of family fun activities. You can even learn to create the perfect Christmas wreath at their table arrangement workshop.

Cheltenham Christmas Market

14th – 23rd December

Hosted on the Promenade in Cheltenham, the Arts & Crafts Market will see local traders and creators sell their beautiful crafts, original art, pottery, glassware, jewellery and more.


Let’s get Christmassy!

If you are planning a short break, check out our collection of Christmas cottages in the Cotswolds along with a sneak peak of a few of our the properties we have available below!

Homes & Cottages for Christmas