100. Bourton-on-the-Water's Christmas tree in the River Windrush

A snow-covered Christmas tree in a river in the middle of a picturesque Cotswold village with fairy lights reflecting on the water. Does it get any more Christmassy than this?The Cotswolds can be a winter wonderland and the magic of a snow-covered Bourton-on-the-Water is always a possibility.

One of the Bourton's seasonal attractions is the Christmas tree which the Chamber of Commerce puts in the River Windrush in the centre of the village each year.

The profusion of lights reflects in the rippling water creating a scene never to be forgotten.
 
The tree is illuminated from December 1 to January 5, but the official switching on celebrations are held at 6pm on the first Friday of December, the date of Bourton-on-the-Water's Christmas late night shopping.

The Christmas lights (including those of the tree in the river) are switched on at 6pm and many shops remain open until 9pm. With the village ablaze with fairy lights, shoppers can meander through the streets and absorb the festive atmosphere.
 
Entertainments including carol singing and an appearance by Father Christmas, with locals dressed in Victorian costume, making for a fantastic festive event.
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