Our favourite Cotswold Christmas Markets in 2019


Visit a traditional Christmas Market in the Cotswolds this festive season


The beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds are always brimming with charm, but during the festive season, they take on a special kind of magic. The thatched stone cottages are decorated with Christmas lights, while traditional market squares play host to beautiful Christmas trees and rosy-cheeked carol singers. Meanwhile, the cobbled streets of the Cotswolds come alive with some of the best Christmas markets in the country…

Don’t miss the chance to soak up the festive spirit in the Cotswolds this year with one of these enchanting days out…

Winchcombe Christmas Festival: 3rd December 2019

The Winchcombe Christmas Festival is a much-loved Christmas event that the whole town gets involved in. The local shops extend their opening times while over 50 stalls line the streets of this popular and charming Cotswold town. With the sound of carol singers, twinkling lights and the smell of mince pies filling the streets, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the Christmas spirit. As well as the shopping and delicious food, there’s a chance for younger visitors to meet Father Christmas himself!

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Cirencester Advent Festival:  30th November 2019

Cirencester always gets into the festive spirit at this time of year. The beautiful town turns into a real winter wonderland thanks to plenty of twinkling lights and festive decorations. There are several markets taking place in the town throughout the season, but it all starts off with the Advent Festival at the end of November. This is when the lights are switched on, accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display, fairground, live entertainment and a large Advent/Arts and Crafts market.

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Bourton-on-the-Water Christmas Lights: From 1st December 2019

Bourton-on-the-Water is a gorgeous setting to enjoy the festive season. The village looks perfect lit-up for the Christmas period, and you can see the beautiful lights from the beginning of December – including the iconic Christmas tree in the River Windrush. Bourton-on-the-Water has some great shops to purchase both traditional Christmas gifts, local produce and gifts from the many boutiques you won’t find anywhere else.

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Bourton on the Water's beautiful Christmas light display

Bath Christmas Market: 28th November - 15th December 2019

Bath is a popular shopping destination at any time of year, but at Christmas, it’s certainly a sight to see. If you love a mix of well-known high-street stores and quaint boutiques, you’ll love the award-winning Bath Christmas Market. With over 150 traditional chalets, covered in decorations, lights and garlands, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the festive atmosphere. From handmade crafts to personalised gifts, you’ll find something for everyone on your list, as well as plenty of opportunities to enjoy some festive entertainment and delicious food!

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Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market:  14th – 24th November 2019

This ever-popular event welcomes thousands of people every year, and 2019 looks to be no different! With over 100 seasonal stalls selling festive food and drink, one-of-a-kind gifts, decorations and much more, it’s the perfect place to ease yourself into the festive season. The varied entertainment brings together a host Victorian Characters, and you can even take to the ice on the open-air skating rink!

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Pick up a beautiful selection of gifts and decorations at a Cotswold Christmas market


Chipping Campden Christmas Market: 7th – 8th December 2019

Chipping Campden’s picture-perfect market square and town hall are transformed for this magical Christmas event. Full of festive stalls selling all manner of gifts, decorations, food, and drink, you could easily get all your Christmas shopping done in one trip! Father Christmas will also be meeting children in the town hall, making this the perfect start to the festive season.

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Moreton in Marsh Christmas Market: 30th November 2019

This is a great day out for all the family. The market runs all through the day, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to shop for unique gifts for all the family (and yourself!). As the suns sets, this picturesque Cotswold town gets ready for the arrival of Father Christmas himself, who has the honour of switching on the Christmas lights.

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The Cotswolds is a beautiful place to spend the festive season


If you’re hoping to experience the magic of the Cotswolds this Christmas, don’t miss the chance to book one of our many cosy holiday cottages. From family-friendly festive retreats to cosy romantic hideaways, 2019 is the year to treat yourself to the perfect Christmas break.


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