Christmas in Gloucestershire

Cheltenham's Christmas Market
Cheltenham’s Christmas Market. Photo by Stuart Pinfold, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Imagine sitting by a real fire on Christmas Eve with a glass of mulled wine, and a Christmas tree aglow with twinkling fairy lights. While the dog is curled up blissfully on the hearth and the children are drinking bedtime hot chocolate, it is time to relax as you watch the flames and listen to the debate on whether Father Christmas would like beer or milk and if reindeer eat mince pies. If this sounds like heaven to you why not consider spending a holiday cottage Christmas in Gloucestershire.

Christmas in Gloucestershire is made easy when you rent our holiday cottage, Cooks Green Cottage. A special place in a special location awaits you and your family this festive season in a cottage that will fulfill your every need in one of England’s most English of counties. Why not avoid the chaos of entertaining the hoards and enjoy a cosy intimate Christmas with either a loved one or close family. Christmas should be about spending time with special people and Cooks Green Cottage is just the place to do it.

A Gloucestershire Christmas has so much to offer the visitor from carol services to the finest of entertainment and family fun. This area of natural beauty is a delight on crisp winter days and even if the snow falls, you can be sure that plenty of fun and laughter will be yours.

Activities for your Christmas in Gloucestershire

Your Christmas in Gloucestershire could include touring the Cotswolds leisurely along the country roads criss-crossing this way and that bringing you upon charming quintessentially English villages with pretty streets filled with all manner of shops. Artisan food shops will allow you to buy your Christmas treats for the festivities, while delightful gift shops and antique galleries will be ideal for finding last minute presents. Enjoy a pub lunch with local produce from a simple warming soup with fresh bread to a roast lunch of local lamb or beef. Do not miss the famous ploughman’s lunch featuring one of the Cotswolds one hundred locally produced cheeses served with some good chutney or relish, salad and a hunk of delicious bread. Washed down with a small glass of local ale or cider, this makes a perfect lunch.

Events for your Christmas in Gloucestershire

There are many events over the festive season and one of our favourites is at the Brewery in Cheltenham. Father Christmas plus reindeer are visiting The Brewery before flying off to deliver presents. Father Christmas will be collecting letters and lists from children and posing for a photograph with each child and the reindeer. This lovely event takes place on 8th December. The event is free but donations are requested for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Christmas in Gloucestershire would not be complete without some sturdy activity to help work off the mince pies and plum pudding and other seasonal indulgences. On 28th December, a family event in Cheltenham Town Hall takes place when the famous building is host to a Christmas Barn Dance with a caller to teach you how to dosey-do and a live band of musicians. This event is a great way to join in with local festivities and a ticket for only £9.00, is a bargain.

In the Forest of Dean, the Arts and Crafts Centre will be hosting a craft market away from the hustle and bustle of the cities in a beautiful location where in a festive atmosphere of music, lights and decorations, you can browse through the many gifts and presents on offer. A wide variety is available from vintage items and clothing, Christmas gift and food hampers, organic wines and accessories galore. There are even toyshops for the children. You can even buy your real Christmas tree here and take it home to Cooks Green Cottage to take pride of place. We can also arrange this for you. The Christmas market will run each Saturday throughout December up to the 16th.

Places to Visit

While you are spending Christmas in Gloucestershire, you may feel like a day or two away from the fireside or walks around the cottage’s wonderful countryside location. Places we highly recommend to visit include Sudeley Castle, Tewkesbury Abbey, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Berkeley Castle. Opening times vary and some places may be closed over the festive season but there are plenty of options to keep you busy,

A visit to the city of Oxford steeped in history or to the spa town of Cheltenham during this quieter time of year make sightseeing a pleasure and there will be plenty of places where you can find somewhere for some hot coffee or a meal. You may take advantage of the sales that many stores in the larger towns and cities begin just after Christmas.

Our friendly, warm holiday cottage is perfect for Christmas in Gloucestershire, so contact us today to book your perfect break. Do not forget that all the festivities and Christmas events go on throughout the whole of December right through to “Little Christmas” on the 8th January so a break during this period will give you the full Christmas in Gloucestershire experience.

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