Witness the launch of Christmas 2023 in Cheltenham!
On Thursday 16 November, Cheltenham BID will bring the festive season to life as the lights come on around town at dusk. Choirs, dancers and ice skaters will be joined by juggling elves, stilt-walking angels and even a polar bear to entertain children and adults alike all over town from 4pm until 7pm.
❄️ Be serenaded by local choirs including The Rock Choir, Got2Sing, Sing for Supper and i-Sing Choir.
❄️ Dance the night away with the wonderful Janet Marshall Dance Studios.
❄️ Get up close with roaming Christmas characters including Pip the Polar Bear, The Dapper Chaps, stilt-walking angels & elves on penny farthings!
Performances will be taking place across the town on the High Street, near Cambray Place; outside M&S; The Promenade, near Cavendish House, near the Quadrangle and Montpellier Street. See PDF link above for locations and times.
❄️ Marvel at the pirouetting Bristol Figure Skaters on the Cheltenham Ice Rink in Imperial Gardens, 5.30pm - 6pm. Skaters from the new ice rink in Bristol will perform a special winter holiday-themed show. Be entranced as the skaters, new and experienced, hope to dazzle you with their skills and winter spirit. *Please note space is limited to 120 people to watch this free performance. Cheltenham Ice Rink opens for the general public to skate from Friday 17 November at 10am.
❄️ Browse for gifts at the Cheltenham Christmas Gift Market along the Promenade, open this Thursday 10am - 8pm (& open Friday & Saturday 10am - 8pm and Sunday until 4pm).
❄️ As dusk falls thousands of twinkling Christmas lights will come on throughout the town centre. From traditional motifs on lamp columns and fairy lights in trees, this year will also bring some new designs to launch the first Cheltenham Christmas Lights Trail. Encourage your kids to design their own Christmas Lantern and bring along for a festive walk around town.
❄️ From 16 Nov – 22 Dec children will also be able to take part in the Christmas Elf Trail and competition.
Please note, there will be no official Christmas light switch on this year, instead as dusk falls thousands of twinkling Christmas lights will come on throughout the town centre. Photos from previous Cheltenham Christmas launch events. Before travelling please check this page, some parts of the events programme are weather dependent.
For more festive events inspiration visit - Cheltenham Christmas Events.
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