Updated 1st December 2020 - Please note there is not one specific late night shopping evening in Cheltenham this Christmas however many Cheltenham shops have extended their Christmas shopping hours including John Lewis, House of Fraser (Cavendish House), Boots and Primark. Please visit our - Guide to visiting Cheltenham this December for everything you need to know.
This unmissable festive event in Cheltenham town centre on Thursday 5 December 2019 is guaranteed to put you in the mood for Christmas!
You can expect a night of festivities including carol singers, free Christmas movies under the stars, a brass trio and a Christmas magician performing on our tree lined Regency streets, all creating a joyful atmosphere. With shops open until 8pm why not tick a few presents off your Christmas gift list and then enjoy a festive tipple and meal in one of our many town centre restaurants/bars?
Working with Cheltenham Borough Council and Stagecoach, Cheltenham BID have organised some generous travel incentives on the day. There will be free bus travel on Stagecoach services and both park and ride sites as well as free parking all from 1pm. Please see transportation details below.
Independent and high street favourite shops will be joining in the festive fun by running in store Christmas activities including John Lewis & Partners who will be hiding magical boxes in-store holding £10, £50 and £100 vouchers! House of Fraser who are hosting a night of live music, Christmas makeovers and gift wrapping services. Regent Arcade will have festive singers performing plus entertainers roaming around passing a large present to shoppers that they'll unwrap to find a gift between wraps, and encouraged to pass it on to the next customer. The arcade is also the place to head to for charity wrapping station in aid of Maggie's Cheltenham.
Many stores including Oasis are offering complimentary festive drinks and treats whilst shoppers browse. Beards Jewellers are pulling out all the stops by holding watch and jewellery workshops so shoppers can enjoy their complimentary mulled wine and mince pies whilst chatting to their watch maker, goldsmith and jewellery designer.
Below are the stores that will be open until 8pm. Please keep checking back as this list will be updated as we hear back from independent business owners…
John Lewis, Regent Arcade, House of Fraser, Boots, Beards, Jack Wills, Oasis, Beatrice von Tresckow Designs, The Wilson Art Gallery, Keith Scarrott, Goldsmiths, Laura Leigh Hair, Superdry, Everyman Barbers, Shoe Zone, Union Project, Lakeland, Dubarry Shoes, Neals Yard, Cologne and Cotton, Cousins, L'una Design for Courtyard, James of Montpellier, Roxtons, Caroline Charles, Poundland, Café Nero, Write Card, Fone World, New Look, Argos, Primark, White Stuff, Oasis, Cousins, Marks and Spencer, Lush, Hotel Chocolat, Montpellier Courtyard, Warhammer Cheltenham, The Wilson Gallery and My Dentist, The Entertainer (open until 7pm), Time Barbers (open until 7pm), Triple 2 (open until 7.30pm).
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Working with Cheltenham Borough Council and Stagecoach, Cheltenham BID have organised some generous travel incentives on the day.
Anyone making a journey on a Stagecoach bus within Cheltenham Borough Council boundaries or on the D and E services from Bishop’s Cleeve after 1pm on Thursday December 5th, will be able to travel free of charge. Park and Ride services from both Arle Court and Cheltenham Racecourse are included. The offer runs until midnight and includes all evening buses but excludes the 94 night buses.
Please note - On Thursday 5th December the last park and ride for Arle Court will be later than usual and will run until at least 8pm. The last bus to the racecourse will be at 9pm.
There will also be free parking in Cheltenham Borough Council car parks and CitiPark (the John Lewis Car Park) both from 1pm until *midnight. (Please note some car parks close earllier, please see websites below for closing times).
By bus with Stagecoach visit: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables
By Park and ride visit: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport/park-ride-gloucester-and-cheltenham/