A touch of Christmas magic: festive events in and around Cirencester for all the family


‘Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to spread some festive cheer than to take the family to some of the many Christmas events happening right on our doorstep.

From pantomimes to craft markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas time. Here are some suggestions:

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional tale or two to cast some magic, so why not bag some tickets for a seasonal play or panto?

The Brothers Grimm are presenting Cinderella at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester, from 16 November to 2 January (complete with puppetry and song, and, of course, pumpkins and slippers). The family tickets represents great value for money.

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Family pantomime Aladdin is being performed at the Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, from 15 – 22 December. This production will have you laughing out loud and will include all the necessary panto traditions with plenty of boos and hisses.

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* Advent Market CANCELLED due to adverse weather conditions

More than 100 stalls will pop up in Cirencester’s streets for the advent street market on Saturday 27 November from 11 am to 6 pm. A great opportunity to do a spot of Christmas shopping and even enjoy a glass of mulled wine.

The Christmas Lights will be installed and on display as usual and the tree will be lit up on the Market Place, but the switch on will be a virtual event, rather than a formal one.

Outdoor Christmas markets and farmers markets are being staged in Cirencester throughout November and December. Find out more.

Indoor markets are taking place in the Corn Hall. See Details

The Sundial Theatre is also staging Santa's Best Ever Christmas on 27 November – a new family show suitable for 2–7-year-olds and every child will receive a specially wrapped present from Santa.

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For a spectacular outdoor adventure, head over to the Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on selected evenings from 26 November to 21 December. With magical displays lighting up the trees, this mesmerising event also includes fun activities for little ones to keep them entertained along the way they may catch a glimpse of Father Christmas himself!.

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You don’t have to head to Lapland to see Father Christmas this year - Santa will be in his very own toy workshop in Cirencester Park from 20 November to 23 December. Visitors will also get the chance to visit a snowy wonderland, sit in Father Christmas’s sleigh and visit Rudolph’s best friend Bruno.

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Take some time out at this busy time of year and lose yourself in the pure magic of ballet. The Corinium Museum cinema is screening family favourite The Nutcracker performed by The Royal Ballet on Sunday 12 December from 2 – 4.40 pm.

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If you’re feeling crafty, take a look at some of the festive courses at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester which include contemporary eco wreath making and embroidered Christmas decorations.

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And finally, why not make Christmas shopping a fun day out for all the family? Visit your local shops, browse the Christmas stalls and markets and pop in to one of the many child-friendly cafes for a hot chocolate and mince pie along the way.

Head over to our Local Business Guide to see some of our fantastic local, independent stores.