CHEDDAR FESTIVE SHOPPING NIGHT
Every year, a few weeks before Christmas, the shops and cafes of Cheddar open late one evening. It’s an ideal opportunity to buy unusual gifts whilst enjoying the festive atmosphere. The event is normally held on the first Friday in December from 6pm. No tickets are needed, just turn up – parking locations will be displayed on this site nearer the date.
A typical schedule involves a firework launch, choirs and bands dotted around the village, candlelit tours of the caves, with the Lower Gorge and much of the village decked out with Christmas trees and lights. There are normally pig roasts at two or three of Cheddar’s pubs, a market and a prize draw. Santa usually puts in an appearance too! Why not come in fancy dress, bring candles and torches!
If you want to come along, and need somewhere to stay – perhaps to make a weekend of it – hop over to the Accommodation page and book early as rooms go fast.
If you are unable to attend on the day, don’t worry, although you will miss the street festivities, stalls, and free food, most shops are still open as normal on other days, and the Christmas decorations and lights are up throughout the village and lower Gorge right through December and New Year. Gorge Bus tours run through the Christmas holiday period.
Other festive season notes
Don’t forget Cheddar has an all-year round Christmas Shop, Old Rowlands.
If you enjoy Christmas Carols the Wells Cathedral Somerset Life Service in mid-December is well worth attending, familiar carols sung with choir and orchestra, amongst stunning architecture and with great acoustics.