Wednesday 22 January 2020

10 Christmas activities for families in Gloucestershire

Have your elf a merry little Christmas with SoGlos's round up of 10 Christmas activities for families in Gloucestershire this December 2019.

Stuck for something to do as a family this Christmas? SoGlos has rounded up 10 fabulously festive family activities to do in Gloucestershire this Christmas 2019. We promise, yule have a great time!

About the sponsor – Westonbirt School

Westonbirt is a co-ed independent school established in 1928, welcoming day, boarding, and flexi-boarding students ages two to 18.

Located in a stunning Victorian mansion that is often compared to Downton Abbey and Hogwarts, Westonbirt offers engaging outdoor learning for its students.

For more information about Westonbirt School, visit

1. Watch a festive film in Gloucestershire

Keep the kids from getting up to snow good this Christmas with one of the magical screenings of festive films around the county.

If you fancy singing ‘Walking in the Air’ at the top of your lungs, treat the family to tickets to see The Snowman and Peter and the Wolf at Cheltenham Town Hall on Monday 23 December 2019.

2. Go and see Santa in Gloucestershire

If you’re ho ho hoping to take the kids to see the man in red, then look no further. Check out 29 magical places to meet Santa Claus in Gloucestershire.

From luxury grottos and making Christmas Eve boxes at Cotswold Farm Park, to tucking into breakfast with Father Christmas at Dobbies Garden Centre in Cirencester, there’s plenty of places to meet the big man.

3. Watch a Christmas panto in Gloucestershire

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to see a pantomime. Oh no it wouldn’t!

This year, Gloucestershire families can choose from Cinderella at Everyman Theatre, Pinocchio at Gloucester Guildhall and, Aladdin at Roses Theatre.

4. Experience Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire

Returning for another tree-mendous trail, Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt is back from Friday 29 November to Sunday 22 December 2019.

Families can hunt high and low for woodland characters as they make their way around the trail, before heading to the Christmas village for scrumptious hot chocolate, warming mulled wine and plenty of festive gifts to explore.

5. Hop aboard a festive train ride in Gloucestershire

Forget riding in Santa’s sleigh and hop aboard the Santa Specials at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway this December.

Heading off from Cheltenham Racecourse station and travelling to Winchcombe, the Santa Steam Specials will include an activity sheet for the train, a chance to meet the elves and of course, a visit to Santa in his grotto.

6. Go to a Christmas cooking class in Gloucestershire

Whip up a winter storm in the kitchen with your family this Christmas. Make your own edible Christmas gifts at Harts Barn Cookery School in the Forest of Dean, or create a chocolate advent calendar at Café au Chocolat in Tewkesbury.

And if that’s snow good, stock up on tasty Gloucestershire ingredients and get baking in the kitchen at home.

7. Go for a hot chocolate in Gloucestershire

Cosy up with the kids over one of the county’s best hot chocolates and with Christmas being all about indulgence, these are something special.

Featuring marshmallows, chocolate cigarellos, gingerbread men biscuits, crumbled Oreos and lashings of whipped cream, find the ultimate festive sweet treat. ‘Tis the season after all!

8. Sing along to come Christmas carols in Gloucestershire

If you’re looking for a fun-filled activity to get the whole family together this Christmas, then say snow more.

Get ready to deck the halls with one of Gloucestershire’s best carol concerts to get you in the festive spirit. From cosy sing-a-longs at The Fairview Gardener to Carols for All at Gloucester Cathedral.

9. See the Christmas lights switched on in Gloucestershire

It wouldn’t be Christmas without magical lights, so take the kids to see one of Gloucestershire's light switch on events this year.

From Father Christmas to festive characters, snowmen and ice princesses to famous faces, there’re plenty of places to see Gloucestershire’s towns and cities lit up this Christmas.

10. Go ice skating at Gloucester Quays ice rink

Slip, slide and glide around the ice rink at Gloucester Quays this Christmas from Thursday 14 November to Sunday 5 January 2020.

Perfect for anyone over the age of three, the ice rink will offer festive fun, Christmas music, delicious food and drink and plenty of opportunities to feel merry.

For more information about this hot list’s sponsor, Westonbirt School, visit

© SoGlos
Wednesday 18 December 2019

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