Skip navigation

Gloucestershire Business News

Winchcombe is on Christmas countdown

Where: Winchcombe town centre

When: Tuesday, December 4, 5pm-8pm

Final festive preparations are underway in Winchcombe as it gets ready to welcome residents, families and visitors to its Christmas Festival on Tuesday, December 4.

'Santa's little helpers' in the form of members of Winchcombe Together Association, Winchcombe Rotary Club and kind-hearted local residents, are busy putting the finishing touches around the charming Cotswold town, which will see more than 70 sparkling Christmas trees light up the historic town's streets.

The annual late-night Christmas shopping evening between 5pm and 8pm will see independent shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs throwing open their doors in a warm festive welcome to all.

For shoppers and foodies, North Street and Abbey Terrace will be abuzz with over 50 market stalls selling delicious hot food and a festive selection of food, drink and locally-made crafts and gifts.

For families, Father Christmas will make a special appearance, arriving in his brightly-lit sleigh through the town, before appearing with his elves in his Grotto at the Guide Hall, with all proceeds supporting local charities in Winchcombe.

Winchcombe must be on Santa's 'nice' list this year, as a little later in December he will be back with help from his friends at Winchcombe Rotary Club, who will be transporting him on his sleigh around the town on several evenings providing more festive fun for local families in the run-up to Christmas.

Last year over 2,000 people attended the Winchcombe Christmas Festival, which is becoming a firm family favourite in the Cotswold Christmas calendar, and the whole town is coming together to showcase what Winchcombe has to offer.

Stilt walker and balloon modeller Thomas Trilby will be on hand to entertain big and little kids alike, and there will be performances from 11 local groups at various times throughout the evening including Occasional Big Band, Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Winchcombe Handbells, Winchcombe Community Choir, Happenstance Morris Dancers, Isbourne Valley School Choir, Concert Brass, a Churches Together Nativity Scene, St Peter's Choir, and Winchcombe Methodist Choir. There will be plenty of Christmas carols sung to get everyone into the Christmas spirit!

Phil Parker, who is coordinating this year's festival, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has been working so hard to make this year's Christmas Festival such a fantastic community event.

"We're looking forward to a fabulous night full of joy and fun spent with family and friends, as that's what Christmas is all about."

Clare Hayton, a Winchcombe resident, said: "It's fantastic to see the town coming together to put on such a family-orientated Christmas celebration. We always enjoy the Christmas Festival as it's packed full of festive fun for everyone."

Related Articles

All set for a sizzling Phoenix Festival Image

All set for a sizzling Phoenix Festival

The Phoenix Festival, which showcases music, dance and family fun, returns for its seventh consecutive year this bank holiday weekend.

Owzat for a first-class village fete? Image

Owzat for a first-class village fete?

Dumbleton's hugely popular annual fete will take place once again on August Bank Holiday Monday at Dumbleton Cricket Club.

Keeping boredom at bay at The Wilson and Leisure At Cheltenham Image

Keeping boredom at bay at The Wilson and Leisure At Cheltenham

With a couple of weeks of the school holidays still to run, The Cheltenham Trust has ongoing programme of activities and workshops to keep the youngsters occupied.

Excitement mounting for The Big Feastival Image

Excitement mounting for The Big Feastival

There's just a few days to this year's Big Feastival, the weather forecast is sunny and there aren't many tickets left!

Copyright 2019 Moose Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any content is strictly forbidden without prior permission.