Christmas market and light trail will spark the beginning of the festive season this November

By Nick Batten on 7 October, 2022

Town Centre inSwindon will take on a special kind of magic this Christmas offering locals and visitors an experience that will make memories to cherish for years. 

Between 17th – 20th November, the Town Centre will be transformed into a yuletide celebration including a traditional Cotswold’s Christmas Market by the Crossroads, a magical Light Trail, Santa’s Grotto, Stiltwalkers, and singing around a 43ft Christmas tree. 

Christmas market and light trail programme

The Christmas Light Trail with illuminations and light projections will take attendees on a journey all around the Town Centre with characters and displays along the way, plus a trail map that’s given out on the day or can be found online. 

Parents and children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and his elves in Santa’s Grotto in the Community Hub and given a gift and photo opportunity. Details of the free Grotto’s opening hours and booking system will be available nearer the time on the inSwindon website and social media pages. 

This day out aims to create the perfect atmosphere combining decorated stalls with handcrafted gifts, food and drink accompanied by live music with choirs merrily singing carols around the Christmas Tree in The Parade, to raise money for local charities. 

inSwindon BID Executive Director, Anita Bellinger, said, “For four magical days, you can visit our traditional Cotswold Christmas fair, with local crafts and decorations, artisan food and tasty treats, in the festive setting of the Town Centre in Swindon. There will be a delightful Santa’s Grotto, singing by our 43ft Christmas Tree and a captivating and accessible light trail for every age to enjoy. This free event will bring a healthy dose of Christmas cheer and start the seasonal festivities in the Town Centre.” 

Cotswold Christmas Market Operator, David Joynes, added, “We’re so excited to be bringing the Christmas Market to Swindon Town Centre. We have been delivering Christmas Markets for over 40 years now, and this year more than ever everyone is ready for a quality Christmas experience. Stalls are going fast so contact trade@cotswoldmarkets.com to book a place.” 

inSwindon BID is a not for profit, business-funded and business-led organisation formed to improve a defined commercial area in Swindon town centre.