What a fabulously festive evening we had for our late night Christmas shopping event!  There was a truly joyful atmosphere throughout town from Montpellier to The Brewery Quarter and all down The Promenade and High Street.  We loved listening to the carol singers and buskers, had fun watching the panto characters and we were genuinely amazed at the skills of Thomas Trilby, our stilt walking, juggling, bike rider. A man of many talents.

Carol singers on Cheltenham High Street during a busy late night shopping evening

Carol singers during late night shopping event

Carol singers during late night shopping event

Image - The children's choir from Lakeside Primary School belted out some festive classic tunes to crowds outside Marks and Spencer.

It was a joy to see families snuggled up under blankets watching movies under the stars in the Montpellier Courtyard and our rather saucy Mother Christmas (aka Emma Monrose from Monrose Boutique) was a big hit.

Many thanks to everyone involved especially Cheltenham BID for organising the wonderful evening, Stagecoach for putting on free buses (so that we could all enjoy a mulled wine at the Christmas markets!) and Cheltenham Borough Council. 

We’ve shared a few of our favourite photos below.  We would love to see your photos too so do tag us in on social media @VisitCheltenham.

Home Alone and the Elf were played under the stars by Al Fresco Films in Montpellier Courtyard which has been decorated beautifully for Christmas.  Festive treats were on sale by Angelina's Bakery.

Film screening at Montpellier Courtyard

Bethany Goodman sang beautiful festive songs in Montpellier...

Singer singing into microphone at late night shopping event

Thomas Trilby entertained all ages with his clever antics...

Street performing riding bike with stilts

Street performer on stilts on bike outside Next on Cheltenham High Street

And of course shoppers made the most of the few extra hours to tick some Christmas shopping gifts off their lists...

Visitors enjoying Cheltenham's late night shopping event

Emma from Monrose Boutique was a big hit in her festive outfit...

Visitors enjoying Cheltenham's late night shopping event

It even snowed, (well outside of Beards Jewellers it did!)

Woman taking picture of child enjoying a snow machine

It was lovely to see even pooches dressed up for this festive occasion...

Child walking dog beside Cheltenham Christmas Market stalls

You never know who you will see when Christmas shopping in Cheltenham!  Pirates from Promenade Productions mingled around town last night, practising their panto lines ready for Robinson Crusoe at the Bacon Theatre in January...

Stall at Cheltenham Christmas market

Stagecoach offered free buses so that shoppers could enjoy a mulled wine (or three!). They also provided a Christmas gift wrapping service on the High Street...

Customers about the board Christmas themes Stagecoach bus

It also felt very festive in John Lewis & Partners with live music performances...

Band playing instruments inside John Lewis

Local market stall holders got into the Christmas spirit too.  (The Danters family have a stall near John Lewis and sell incredible donuts with many toppings!)

Man serving customers at donut stand

And last but not least, this festive brass trio brought lots of joy to shoppers last night...

Musicians underneath Merry Christmas illuminated sign and playing instruments

We hope you enjoyed the late night shopping evening as much as we did?  Don''t worry if you missed it, there are still many festive events taking place in and around Cheltenham over the next three weeks.  Check out our comprehensive guide to Christmas events in Cheltenham for more details.  


Cheltenham Christmas Market
Cheltenham Christmas Market

Unfortunately Cheltenham Christmas market is not taking place in 2020 however many other Cheltenham Christmas Events are taking place including a much smaller Cheltenham Christmas Craft Market, Panto at Everyman Theatre and Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle. Please visit our Christmas in Cheltenham 2020 guide for full details and Christmas shopping inspiration.


The Everyman's annual, family-friendly pantomime is back! Cinderella features the hilarious return of Tweedy as Buttons, Cinderella's best friend in this rags to riches tale.

Spectacle of Light
Spectacle of Light Sudeley Castle

Explore the beautiful new illuminated trail around Sudeley Castle’s stunning grounds returning for a 5th year from the 4 - 30 December 2020. Enjoy the wonderful music as you discover each new secret of this magical environment. The theme this year is The Nutcracker.



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