Bourton on the Water can be a magical place to be at Christmas time, with the famous Christmas Tree in the river being lit from the 1st December each year. This year there is no “Official” switching on of the lights,and no official late night shopping event as previously organised by the Chamber of Commerce, but many of the shops and eateries may stay open late to launch our festive season and help visitors get into the Christmas spirit. The village offers a large selection of gift shops for Christmas shoppers and the eateries menus offer festive fayre and an array of winter warmers.