Advent Festival 2017

Cirencester Advent Festival will take place on Saturday 2 December and marks the day that we kick off the Christmas season.

Established in 1998, The Advent Festival and celebrity light switch on has a long well-known history, attracting international media attention and visitors from around the world.

A local celebrity is asked to switch on the lights; previous celebrities have included Ben Miller, Elizabeth Hurley, Melinda Messenger and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen. It’s a great fun filled event and a highlight in Cirencester’s annual event calendar.

Organised by Cirencester Town Council, the vision behind the festival is to promote Cirencester as a destination for shopping and dining; bringing the community together in celebration and raising valuable funds for the beautiful Christmas lights and tree, look out for our collection buckets during the event!.

Highlights this year include a headline stage with live music and  entertainment; a special Advent Gift Market, Arts & Crafts Market, local food, drink and fair rides make Christmas shopping in Cirencester a great fun.  It all reaches a climax at 7pm when the local celebrity flicks the switch and on come our Christmas lights accompanied by fireworks from the sensational Cotswold Fireworks.  

More information on this year’s entertainment and programme will be available later in the year. To receive regular updates, please follow us by selecting your social media platform of choice below.

It’s all made possible by local businesses and volunteers, in particular Cirencester solicitors Alison Fielden & Co our headline sponsor. If you are interested in getting involved or exploring sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cirencester Town Council.

Cirencester boasts an established quality Christmas Markets, providing a very special and unique quality Christmas shopping experience.

Cirencester Christmas Markets are well worth a visit. This year’s Christmas themed markets will take place on Saturday 2nd December and Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December in and around the Market Place. Plus there will be more markets to enjoy throughout the festive season. To find out more go to the Christmas Markets page.