Christmas in Cheltenham is unique because of its traditional Regency buildings, cobbled streets and many beautiful parks and gardens that are illuminated during the festive season. Each year, the city hosts the traditional Cheltenham Christmas Market in the town centre, which is a popular event for locals and visitors alike.
Visiting Cheltenham in winter is a great way to experience the beauty of Gloucestershire in a different way. From the fresh, crisp air to the stunning winter sunsets over the Town Hall, Cheltenham is a great destination for a winter break.
Cheltenham Christmas Market 2022
The Christmas market in Cheltenham is well worth visiting. It offers around 80 stalls, many of which are hosted by local providers, artisans and makers.
You can find all the classic festive food and drinks, decorations, toys and unique Christmas gifts.
The market also boasts a variety of festive activities for children, including an opportunity to meet Santa, making it an excellent choice for a festive family outing.
This market opens earlier than many other Christmas markets. To avoid the busiest times, visit first thing in the morning during the week.
Dates and Location
Cheltenham Christmas Market dates: Thursday 8th December to Friday 23rd December 2022.
Opening times: 9am to 5pm. Closes at 7pm on Thursdays and 4pm on Sundays.
Christmas Day: Closed.
Location: Promenade and Long Gardens.
Admission: Free, no tickets required.
Parking: Please take public transport to help limit congestion.
Reason to visit: A family-friendly event with unique shopping.
Where to stay: No131 The Promenade is a highly-rated hotel located directly at the Christmas markets.
Hotels near Cheltenham Christmas Market
This year the Christmas markets are located in the streets around Cheltenham Town Hall. This also happens to be one of the best areas to stay in Cheltenham, so if you can find a hotel nearby, then you will have everything at your door.
I suggest staying at No131 The Promenade as it’s located on the Promenade, which is the location of the Christmas market.
Location of Cheltenham Christmas Market
There is lots more to see this Christmas. Read my guide to the UK Christmas markets to discover more destinations.
Several events are taking place in Cheltenham at this time of year. Visit Cheltenham has information regarding what’s on and the best ways to experience Cheltenham at Christmas.
Sustainable Travel Tips
Many of us are increasingly concerned about climate change and sustainability. I’ve listed some small actions we can take to help lower our impact at this event.
- Shop mindfully. Only purchase what you really need.
- Walk, cycle and use public transport to get around.
- Stay in a sustainable hotel powered by renewable energy.
- Avoid using plastic or buying items made or packaged with plastic.
- Try to eat locally sourced organic food where possible.
- Limit your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Explore more than just the main tourist areas.
- Support the arts and attend local events.
- If possible, avoid flying to your destination.
Cheltenham Christmas Market starts on Thursday 8th December and ends on Friday 23rd December 2022.
The Christmas markets in Cheltenham are located at Promenade and Long Gardens in the city centre.
The Christmas markets are open from 9am to 5pm. Closes at 7pm on Thursdays and 4pm on Sundays.
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Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research. This post contains affiliate links to hotels and tours in Cheltenham, UK. This means I get a small commission from any bookings at no extra cost to you.
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