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Cheltenham at Christmas

When are the Cheltenham Christmas events?

Experience Cheltenham at Christmas this year from 16 November 2023 to 1 January 2024.

What to expect in Cheltenham at Christmas

Christmas is always a magical affair in Cheltenham, with numerous festive launch parties, Christmas markets, thousands of beautiful twinkly lights, pantos and exciting race meetings at the Home of Jump Racing – Cheltenham Racecourse.

The season officially kicks off with the town centre Christmas launch, Thursday 16 November, and the opening of the spectacular undercover Cheltenham Ice Rink in Imperial Gardens, from 17 November to 1 January.

For full details of the bumper programme of seasonal activities taking place across the Regency town visit Guide to Christmas Events in Cheltenham.

How to get to Cheltenham

Getting to Cheltenham is easy. Direct trains run to Cheltenham Spa from where it’s just a 15-minute walk or a short bus ride into town. Add a PlusBus Cheltenham ticket when you buy your train ticket for a day’s unlimited bus travel around town for just £3.50.

Things to see and do in Cheltenham

See the very best of Cheltenham. There’s plenty to do in this historic town with top attractions including the Cheltenham Racecourse. You might also want to visit the beautiful Pittville Park as well as The Wilson museum and gallery.

Discover what to do in Cheltenham.

So, why not make the most of your trip and see what the area has to offer; if you want to stay the night there are over 120 hotels in Cheltenham.

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