It's offically the festive season and we've grabbed the best Christmas jumpers in readiness for the big month ahead. From the seasonal smells of traditional foodie stalls on the Promenade to all the magical Christmas themed events happening in and around Cheltenham were spoiled for choice this December... 


Cheltenham Christmas Market

Date: 22 November - 15 December 

Location: The Promenade outside House of Fraser / Cavendish House

Wooden chalets line The Promenade with some of the best seasonal treats on offer from hand-made gifts and crafts to traditional German foodie stalls. Stroll around with a warming mulled wine whilst you enjoy the festive atmosphere of Cheltenham. Don't forget the market is open late on Thursday 6 and Thursday 13 December to coincide with late night shopping in Cheltenham.

Full event details...

Cheltenham Christmas Market


The Velveteen Rabbit

Date: 29 November - 23 December 

Location: Everyman Theatre, 7-10 Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

Enjoy a celebration of animals, nature and winter in this festive play from The Everyman Theatre this Christmas, perfect for little ones who's ever wondered if toys have ever had a life of their own?... 

Full event details...

The Velveteen Rabbit at The Everyman Theatre


Santa's Grotto At Eastnor

Date: 1 December - 22 December 

Location: Land Rover Experience Eastnor, Eastnor Castle, The Bothy, Clencher's Mill Ln, Eastnor, Ledbury HR8 1RL

Alright, so it might not be in Cheltenham specifically, but we love this year's grotto created by our friends over at Land Rover Experience Eastnor! Take the family to meet Father Christmas in a magical forest surrounding. Enjoy a drive in one of Land Rover's iconic cars to meet some festive forest friends, and let the little ones play games with a snowman, paint baubles and give their special letters to the man himself. 

Full details...

Santa's Grotto At Eastnor


Pick Your Own Christmas Tree & Activity Trail At The Bicycle Hub

Date: 1 December - 24 December 

Location: The Bicycle Hub, 278 Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, GL51 7AG

Take the family to pick a special real fir Christmas Trees and as an added bonus your kids can enjoy an activity trail around the hub and post their letter to Father Christmas.

Full details...

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree


Montpellier Christmas Street Market

Date: 2 December

Location: Montpellier

A fun festive day for all the family in aid of Sue Ryder with traditonal Christmas stalls, a fun fair, childrens entertainment and a rock choir! 

Montpellier Christmas Street Market


WellChild X Ellenborough Park Christmas

Date: 6 December

Location: Ellenborough Park, Southam Ln, Cheltenham GL52 3NJ

Join wreath making demonstrations, canapés at home cooking, and a lesson in gin history by British Polo Gin as well as some personal skincare consultations with ANI Skincare, Arkell and Wills and luxury gift selections with all proceeds going directly to WellChild. 

Full event details...

Ellenborough Park Christmas


Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle

Date: 8 December - 30 December 

Location: Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD

See the twinkling lights of Sudeley Castle in this spectacular display this December. Walk around the beautiful grounds sipping hot chocolate or mulled wine whilst you witness the Christmas magic under the stars. 

Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle


The International 

Date: 14 December - 15 December 

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4SH

Take advantage of the last official race day of the year for your Christmas celebrations. The finale of the Crystal Cup concludes with an exciting full day of racing, bespoke gift stands, live music and last minute shopping ideas. 

Full event details...

Horse at Cheltenham Racecourse


Arts & Crafts Market

Date: 15-16 December & 18-24 December

Location: Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1PJ

Find the green and white striped pop-up stalls along the Promenade with local craftspeople creating a market full of unique gifts, homeware and hand made goods. 

Full event details...

Arts & Crafts Market, Promenade Cheltenham


Carols By Candlelight

Date: 16 December

Location: Cambray Baptist Church, Cambray Place, Cheltenham GL50 1JS

Sip on mulled wine and devour mince pies whilst you enjoy the Candlelight service about Gods Christmas promise from Cambray Baptist Church. 

Full event details...

Cambray Baptist Church


Boxing Day Challenge

Date: 26 December

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4SH

Belly bust those extra Christmas calories this Boxing Day and run, jog, walk or stroll around a 4-mile course at Cheltenham Racecourse for the annual Boxing Day Challenge in support of Winston's Wish. 

Full event details...

Boxing day run at Cheltenham Racecourse


New Year's Eve Shindig

Date: 31 December

Location: The Cosy Club

See in the New Year in style at The Cosy Club's famous 1920s Gatsby Gladrags shindig, with canapes and cocktails on arrival, a 4 course meal and a fancy dress themed party of course! 

Full event details...

Guests enjoying New Year at The Cosy Club


Find our full guide on Christmas in Cheltenham 2018 and if the after party is more your thing check out our New Years Eve & New Year's Day page. 

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