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Get your Christmas off to a cracker at The CHRISTMAS Meeting.

Festivities are really starting to ramp up when Cheltenham’s Christmas Meeting comes along. So, round up your troops and start your Christmas merriment at Cheltenham Racecourse.




Join our presenters Aly Vance and Martin Kelly as they're on hand to guide you through the day’s card with our raceday preview show featuring special guests and punters panel on both Friday & Saturday before racing.



Have the perfect start to your raceday with brunch in The Mandarin Gastro Pub for only £20!


Available from 10:00 until 12:00, including a brunch plate, hot drink & a brunch cocktail, view the menu here.


Lunch will also be served as usual from 12:30.



Friday will be filled with Christmas cheer across the racecourse with entertianment from The Hipcats perfroming Chirstmas hits on the Quevega Stage to Got2Sing Choir entertaining racegoers with Christmas Carols thoughout the day.


The festivities don’t stop there, as a living snow globe will glide gracefully through best mate plaza, at 11:10 - 11:40, 12:10 - 12:40 & 13:20 - 13:50, all against a backdrop of exhilerating racing.


Under 18’s race free and do not require a ticket to enter.



Saturday is our Christmas Extravaganza themed family fun including meeting Santa and his elves in Santa’s Grotto on Saturday, visit the tented village from 10:00 till 15:30 for your chance to meet Santa. Santa’s elves will also be there to help with your Christmas crafts including - letters to Santa, making a magical Christmas wish to leave on the special night and designing snowflakes.


Pampered Pony rides will also be available from Santa's Grotto on Saturday at 10:00 till 15:30 for children of all ages to enjoy around the tented village.


The Hipcats and Got2Sing will also return on Saturday for festive music and entertainment throughout the day.


The festivities don't stop there as a living snow globe will glide gracefully through best mate plaza at 11:10 - 11:40, 12:10 - 12:40 & 13:20 - 13:50.


Under 18’s race free and do not require a ticket to enter.



It is December, so it is going to be a chilly one. Ladies and gents, grab your winter woolies to enjoy The Christmas Meeting. As always Cheltenham is all about tweed, team your tweed with lovely knits and accessorize with fur and scarves, to give a wonderfully warm, yet glamorous look.  


For the men, an over coat with a super soft scarf, it is a not only a great look, but it will keep the cold at bay and if it doesn’t there are many bars to warm up in.


Be sure to visit the Shopping Village which offers an ideal shopping opportunity before Chirstmas and to get ready for NYD racing with plenty of shops ready to sell a diverse range of goods with something to suit every taste and budget.



If you really want to get up close to the amazing equine athletes' competing at the Home of Jump Racing, a visit to the pre-parade ring is essential. This is where the horses will warm up walking around, before their trainer saddles them ready to go out on the track. Often a quiet tense place as owners and trainers contemplate the joy and elation of having a winner at Cheltenham.


Across the two days there is top quality racing on offer, with a total of 14 races to enjoy, from the adrenaline rush of the Glenfarclas Cross-Country race to the The Virgin Bet December Gold Cup. With Grade 2 and 3 racing action, including some highly competitive Cheltenham Festival trials, including the JCB Triumph Hurdle trial and the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle trial, it is a key race meeting for Cheltenham Festival clues.



Whatever enclosure you choose at The Christmas Meeting, you are guaranteed a fantastic day.


The Club and Tattersalls enclosures merge and create the optimum enclosure to attend, with exceptional views of the racecourse, pre parade ring and parade ring and the widest range of bars and food outlets, it is premier way to enjoy racing at Cheltenham.


The Best Mate enclosure is fun, with a lively atmosphere and amazing views down the finishing straight and finish line. If you want a great day out that offers great value for money, the Best Mate enclosure is the one for you.


Have you planned the office party, Christmas treat or outing with friends or family? If not, look no further than hospitality at The Christmas Meeting, there are restaurants and hospitality boxes, providing many options for your perfect Christmas celebration.

Pick your enclosure

Best Mate Enclosure

Best Mate Enclosure

Best Mate is the most affordable way to enjoy what racing at Cheltenham has to offer and is tremendous value for money, you'll experience excellent views of the racing and top-class betting facilities, bars and a variety of food choices.

Club/Tatts Enclosure

Club/Tatts Enclosure

There's no better way to enjoy the day at Cheltenham than from the Club/Tatts Enclosure. It's an experience to remember with access to all public areas and spectacular views from the main grandstand, lawn or Winning Post. In addition to paddock viewing access, you can enjoy the Hall of Fame, all the public areas of the Princess Royal Stand.

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