Discover 10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire, to keep you merry and bright throughout December 2019.
What’s Christmas without a pantomime? This year, see Tweedy and co. on stage in Cinderella at Everyman Theatre, where there will be plenty of audience participation – oh yes there will – and a flying surprise! On stage until Sunday 12 January 2020.
Weather you want to celebrate with friends, family or colleagues, there are lots of sparkling Christmas parties in Gloucestershire. From Champagne toasts to traditional roast turkey meals, live entertainment to delicious desserts, plan your festive party at one of the highly-recommended venues in SoGlos’s Christmas party guide.
Get your craft on this December with Gloucestershire’s festive wreath-making workshops. Create a beautiful adornment for your front door and personalise your garland with seasonal flowers, decorations and foliage.
Lighting up the majestic trees until Sunday 22 December 2019, Westonbirt Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas event welcomes families to the forest to explore the trail. Hunt for woodland characters along the way before cosying up with a hot chocolate – or mulled wine – at the Christmas village.
Take the little ones to meet Father Christmas at his grottos in Gloucestershire this December 2019. Santa will be popping up all around the county – he’s a busy man! So busy, in fact, that SoGlos has collated 29 places to meet Santa in Gloucestershire.
Be transported to an exotic land with Aladdin, Jasmine and the magic genie at The Roses Theatre’s pantomime this Christmas. Families can see the show between Saturday 30 November 2019 and Saturday 4 January 2020, following the fantastical journey of Aladdin as he strives to save Jasmine’s kingdom.
A rare opportunity to see hundreds of wild swans on a floodlit lake, Slimbridge Wetland Centre’s Evening with the Swans is taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout December 2019. Enjoy a glass of mulled cider while watching the swans and other birdlife before tucking into a delicious two-course meal.
Enjoy carols amongst the Christmas trees at The Fairview Gardener’s Festive Evening. Taking place on Friday 6 December 2019, wrap up warm, sing your heart out to festive classics and meet Father Christmas before he dashes back to the North Pole.
If there’s a perfect way to get into the festive spirit, Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral must be it. With classic carols, merry markets and charming choirs filling the cathedral with festive magic. There’ll be different events happing throughout the month, so take the whole family along to make the most of it from Saturday 7 to Thursday 26 December 2019.
Back for another year, Bibury’s Duck Race always brings in the crowds, cheering on their rubber duck as it swims down the River Coln. For spectators wishing for a Boxing Day 2019 with a twist, this unusual festive tradition is not to be missed.
By Amy Wright
Wednesday 18 December 2019
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