The Ultimate Guide to an Upmarket Christmas in the Cotswolds

Experience an elegant yuletide break at our outstanding Cotswolds hotel

Christmas is just around the corner and here at Lords of the Manor, we want you to enjoy the festive season in style. To help you make the most of Christmas in the Cotswolds, we have put together a guide to all of the most stylish festive events in the area. From enchanting lights, to mesmerising music- the Cotswolds really does have it all this Christmas…

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

25th November – 18th December 2016

For yet another magical year, Westonbirt Arboretum will be lighting up its trails and trees this winter. Each year, a new lighting design is created for the Enchanted Christmas which covers roughly a mile of the arboretum’s pathways and trails. The trail truly does bring a touch of festive wonder to Westonbirt Arboretum’s impressive collection of trees (sourced from across the globe). You will not be disappointed by the spectacle of hundreds of trees lit up to create a twinkling yuletide wonderland. Each year’s awe inspiring lighting designs are kept closely under wraps, based on last year’s extraordinarily shimmery display (which you can view here) it’s sure to be magnificent! Not only can you view Westonbirt’s beautiful lighted trail, there will also be the opportunity to indulge in a hog roast, gourmet burgers, hot dogs, chips, jacket potatoes and baguettes or enjoy a warming hot chocolate with whipped cream (or Baileys!), or a steaming cup of delicious mulled wine.

Christmas at Highgrove

Every Wednesday – Sunday between 23rd November and 16th December 2016

Indulge in the ultimate festive treat at Highgrove this Christmas. Whether it’s lunch, afternoon tea, or simply a spot of shopping– there will definitely be champagne involved! Highgrove are offering you the opportunity to find the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest at their exclusive shopping and dining events on the estate. The Orchard Room will be filled to the brim with artisan products, unique gift ideas, beautiful decorations and gourmet food, as well as a fine selection of independent guest exhibitors hand-picked by the team Highgrove.

Please Note: Tickets must be pre-booked. Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace

25th November 2016 – 2nd January 2017

For the very first time, the estate at Blenheim Palace will be illuminated for an unforgettable after dark festive trail which will lead you along winding paths; beside tranquil waters and through extraordinary Parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. The gardens will be transformed into a winter wonderland: Explore the scented Fire Garden; a sweeping circular carpet of dancing flames and lanterns, set against the backdrop of glittering ancient woodland and the dark night sky. Discover Christmas trees that sing; a swaying lawn of fibre optic colour; as well as sparkling hedgerows. The lake will be aglow with brightly-lit boats filled with sparkling surprises and, in the distance, you will be able to see the beautiful woodland across the Great Lake.

On top of all of this, visitors will be able to round off their stroll around Blenheim’s sparkling winter wonderland with a steaming mug of spiced cider; mulled wine; or hot chocolate. You can even indulge in a cone of freshly roasted chestnuts, or toasted marshmallows. Then make a quick final pit stop at the Palace’s well stocked gift shop, filled with tasty treats and other traditional fare.

Tewkesbury Festival of Lights

20th November 2016 from 12pm

The Tewkesbury Festival of Lights is the town’s traditional event to accompany the annual switching on of the town’s Christmas lights and makes a great day out for all the family. With a traditional farmers’ market, complete with food and drink stalls, Christmas gifts and craft stalls. There will also be lots of fun activities for all the family, including fairground rides. The you can join Father Christmas for the grand switch-on of the Tewkesbury Christmas lights 5pm. The Festival of Lights presents the perfect opportunity to do your Christmas shopping, whilst supporting local Cotswolds businesses at the same time. Plus, there’s the added bonus of free parking in the town centre!

Gloucester Christmas Lantern Procession

20th November 2016

Ring in the festive cheer with Gloucester’s stunning annual Lantern Procession. Local artists and schoolchildren have been working on a series of huge paper lanterns based on this year’s theme: the new play ‘Breaking The Ice’ – a true story about a polar bear who befriends a husky. The parade will travel along Southgate Street, Westgate Street and College Street and is followed by a free carol concert at Gloucester Cathedral. The perfect way to kick off the festive season.

This is just a handful of the delightful festive events that are happening in this Christmas in the Cotswolds, and all just a stone’s throw away from one of the foremost luxury hotels in the Cotswolds. To enquire about your perfect Christmas break at Lord of the Manor, call us on 01451 820243, email  reservations@lordsofthemanor.com, or book direct here.