Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It is almost Christmas and I am super excited, especially now that I have been adventuring to some late night shopping festivities! What is it about Christmas markets that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and as excited as…well
a kid me on Christmas morning!?
I love the smell of mulled wine that lingers in the cold crisp air…the scent of chestnuts roasting (on an open fire!?) The bright twinkly lights that give a sense of magic just around the corner…the stalls of handmade goodness, mince pies, gifts and festive foods….the happiness that soaks into your soul as you wander around without a care in the world…Christmas perfection!
At the weekend, my fiancé and I adventured out down the road to the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway which is just about ten minutes away from where we live – It is my fave! They had carollers, brass bands and so much Christmas spirit – not to mention all of the lights!
The sparkly twinkle fairy lights looked divine against the creamy golden Cotswold stone buildings and we easily felt like we had be transported back in time…it is the most quintessential Cotswold village. It is not hard to see why it was voted as number 1 in AOL’s ‘Best Christmas Destination in the UK’ this year!
It really was chocolate box material!
Pavilion Interior Design have the most beautiful showrooms and each one contains a new theme of gorgeous and enchanting items. I have a bit of a thing for delightful doors and this one was a beauty! It felt so warm and inviting and felt like a total wonderland to peer into through the glass.
Every single shop had outdone themselves with their window decorations and displays. Each one unique and magical filled with glitter and sparkle and elegance.
I always love the window display at the Priory Gallery on Broadway’s High Street. The dance sculptures by the late Benson Landes are so beautiful and really capture the movement and grace of the dancers. The large one in the window is £7500 – I better start saving! 😉 The tiny ones are adorable too and have so much detail for their size. The snow effect in the window display was dreamy and was speckled across the window creating a snowy wonderland for the art.
Mary Maggs Contemporary Arts and Crafts was obviously a winner in my crafty little eyes too!
Everything was handmade in Britain and lots from local makers too – Hooray!
Some window displays were elegant and traditional; some were bursting with colour and fun! I love the giant gingerbread man in the window of this little cafe. Everyone looked very happy to be sat sipping hot drinks to warm up from the cold outside!
Cotswold Trading always win my heart with their beautiful Christmas decorations too. I loved the little glass bell jars with seasonal snowy scenes in them and those ruby red polka dot baubles were fabulous!
It’s a wrap! I always love selecting my wrapping paper to make my presents pretty and exciting to open. My favourite was the one with the gold polka dots!
There really is no shortage of gorgeous galleries in Broadway and each one was decorated so well and looked really inviting.
You just couldn’t help but get swept away by the magic of it all!
Broadway even had their own little Christmas tree festival! They were so sweet and each one was decorated by a local school or charity. The handmade decorations were adorable – my favourite was the one on the far left where the children had made individual snowmen out of paper cups!
I fell in love with this Flamingo Motel marquee light sign – Isn’t it fabulous! If you didn’t know already, I also have a bit of a thing for flamingos!
I loved the shade of pink too – The perfect Eliston Button shade of pink! 😉
I found a few little treats too, including this adorable little reindeer pencil for 10p in a charity shop! I mean, come on! Who doesn’t need festive stationery in their life!? He makes me smile every time I sit at my desk (I think he might hide when the decorations are due to be out back in the box!)
I also found the most gorgeous hand embroidered crochet doily. I am a huge collector of vintage doilies and handkerchiefs and this one was a treat! I felt like I had struck gold! How beautiful are all of those little intricate snowflake stitches? It must have taken someone so long to sit and hand embroider each one that I couldn’t leave it in the shop!
I am a sucker for
buying rescuing handmade goodness, especially when so much hard work and love has clearly gone in to it – Something which I am sure all of us crafty kids can relate to!
As my regular readers and Instagram followers may know, I am also a bit of an ampersand collector (I must write a blog post about this!) so when I stumbled across this beauty in Sue Parkinson reduced to only £1 from £10, I couldn’t get my pound out of my purse quick enough!
I normally just seek out a more traditional ampersand shape but this one is just so elegant and fancy looking and that gold colour is glorious!
On Sunday, because you can never go to too many Christmas festivities in December, we headed 10 mins away from our house and in the opposite direction to Broadway to a little town called Alcester, over the county border into Warwickshire. Every year they hold their annual St Nicholas Night, based around the St Nicholas Church in the town.
We love strolling around the Christmas market stalls, coffee in hand, soaking up the wonderful atmosphere and feeling really Christmassy!
There is a small fun fair, lots of beautiful windows and lights and a parade. The whole town is steeped in history and the most gorgeous old buildings. I love this old fashioned window and the magical looking traditionally decorated tree.
It was easy to feel like we had gone back to a simpler time and there was something very relaxing about that. It was such a wondrous feeling to just switch off for a while.
Sometimes, it felt like we were strolling around the cobble streets in a Dickens novel!
Alcester put on the most spectacular fireworks at the end of the evening too which rounded off the evening beautifully before heading home to dream of Christmas magic and festive fun!
How can you not fall in love with those super pretty fairy lights against the back drop of those beautiful black and white buildings!?
These are the places that fairy tales are made of!
I had such a magical weekend of festive adventures and just had to share them with you all! I wish we could have this child-like wonder around us all year through – but then I guess it wouldn’t feel so magical after a while!?
Have you been to any festive markets? Do you love to wander around soaking up all of the magic? What is your favourite part about the run up to Christmas? I would love to hear all about it!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!