I was thinking of visiting the Cotswolds on a Mad Max tour in Dec (somewhere between Dec 2-15). I was wondering if it's worth visiting the area to see it dressed up for Christmas? I've been there before, but thought Christmastime might be fun. Cheers!
I don't know where the Mad Max tour goes so can't speak of their Cotswold itinerary. I also don't know how much the very strict austerity budgets will affect displays this year. The Christmas shopping season started very early this year. Many shops have had the products on the floor since early September. grrrrr. Many shops in many Cotswold villages traditionally put a small tree in a holder above the windows. The tree has some lights on it. Usually there is a string of often white lights above the windows, and often most shops in a village use the same scheme and colours. Window displays are often imaginative and pleasant but understated. I hope that you really enjoy your Cotswold visit.
Bourton-on-the-Water is beautiful during the month of December, all decorated for Christmas,as many of the villages are.
Laurel, I envy you if you go to the Cotswolds over Christmas. I would choose the village of Broadway and stay at the Crown and Trumpet Inn. It has a High street about 2 or 3 blocks long and is close to all the other towns in the area. The larger towns are full of tour buses (coaches) and not as quaint. My secret tip is the villages of Stanton and Snowhill. very close to Broadway. One word of caution, many of the Inns and B & B's get booked up early for the Holiday season. Good luck Bob