Jingle bells, jingle bells, Santa’s on his way

Published on 26th October 2017

Christmas shoppers in Cheltenham

A street party will kick start Cheltenham’s fun-packed Christmas lights launch on Saturday 25 November.

Santa will be the guest of honour in a horse-drawn carriage when Christmas cheer in Cheltenham kicks off in November. Residents and visitors alike will be entertained with a host of town centre events, which will also include a walking nativity in Montpellier, featuring a petting donkey.

The focus this year will be on a Christmas street party with lights going on at different times at four areas across the town centre.

Cheltenham will see a new lighting display in High Street, The Promenade and Montpellier this year in a joint investment by Cheltenham Borough Council and Cheltenham BID (Business Improvement District).

There is something for everyone as the street party kicks off from 4:30pm across town:

  • Regent Arcade - 4.30pm
  • Family event - Promenade/High Street - 5.00pm
  • Traditional event – Montpellier - 5.30pm
  • Party event - The Brewery Quarter - 6.30pm, after a performance by “Shut up and Dance” from 5.30pm

Santa and his horse-drawn carriage will be at both the Promenade and Montpellier events. Families should keep their eyes peeled for a soon-to-be revealed competition to win a carriage ride with Santa.

Other entertainment includes a folk duo followed by a string band at Boots Corner and a rock choir and the Salvation Army band in Montpellier. The Brewery Quarter event will include a dance crew and magician. 

Kevan Blackadder, Director of Cheltenham BID, said: “We are delighted to be helping to bring not only new lights but also new Christmas entertainment to the town this year.

“This is only the first step as, when the John Lewis development is finished on High Street and the new-look town centre is complete, we will be doing even more in future years.”

Councillor Steve Jordan, leader at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “We are pleased to be working alongside Cheltenham BID to bring an exciting new display of lights and festive entertainment to town this Christmas. This year there will really be something for everyone.”

Residents will be able to take advantage of the new Cheltenham Gift Card, which is available online, or can be bought at Wild Beer in Cambray Place and The Ultimate Party Shop in Regent Street. The card is now accepted in a growing number of stores.

Other Christmas events include:

  • Late night shopping every Thursday from 30 November 2017 with free parking in Regent Arcade and Town Centre East car parks until 9pm
  • Christmas Market on the Prom (outside Cavendish House) from 23 November to 16 December.
  • Suffolks Christmas street fair on 3 December.
  • Arts and craft market on the Prom from 19 to 23 December.
  • Lots more from local businesses. Details available at www.visitcheltenham.com

For more information, images and interviews, please contact:
Kelly Ramsay – Account Director apt marketing & pr, kelly@aptmarketing.co.uk or 01242 250692 

Notes to editors:

Late night shopping: will be available every Thursday between Thursday 30 November and Thursday 21 December.

Christmas market – will be running from 23 November to 16 December. A whole selection of traders will be operating from traditional wooden huts outside Cavendish House. It will be open daily from 10am until 6pm, Monday to Sunday and will feature handmade craft items, delicious foods and unusual Christmas gifts.

Suffolks Christmas street fair – Sunday 3 December from 11am to 5pm. The Fair will have more than 80 Market Stalls featuring arts and crafts, designers and makers, food, vintage and street food. Cheltenham College Junior School will be bringing their choir to lead the carol singing at 4pm, and there will be carols in the street from 3pm. Thomas Trilby, children's entertainer is doing two shows in the afternoon and Danters Fun Fair are there for the day. The fair will line the streets along Suffolk Parade from Great Norwood Street to Montpellier Terrace.

Arts and crafts market – from 19 to 23 December on the Prom. It will feature a wide range of handcrafted items from pottery to pictures, scarves to stocking fillers, all available direct from their producer, at an affordable rate. 

New Christmas lights – have been commissioned from Blachere Illumination. The new lights will include new features on Montpellier, Boots Corner and the Municipal Buildings, but we’re keeping the main elements under wraps (see what we did there?!) 

More information and events – more information and events in the lead up to Christmas are being added daily to www.visitcheltenham.com