Christmas In Our City


Posted by Andy Goddard

Posted in News


– a personal view of Christmas in Winchester by the Editor.


Christmas in the Cathedral Close. This is undoubtedly what makes living here in Winchester very special – and you don’t have to take my word for it!

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Image: © Winchester Cathedral / Joe Low

People come from miles around because they KNOW that Winchester has the perfect environment for this.
In fact, over 300,000 people are expected to visit the 100 gift and food stalls during the five-week run of the Christmas Market, with groups travelling from around the country and beyond to experience what has begun to be known as ‘The Perfect Christmas’.

The rows of attractive wooden chalets are each carefully selected for the quality of the products.


Each year I look forward to going down the ‘left-hand lane’ – and THAT smell of spices that hits you just as you get into the market area!


I have visited many other cities to see what they do at Christmas, and I always come back to our own. This is a wonderful place to soak up some festive atmosphere. Enjoy!


The market continues to Sunday 21 December and the rink to Sunday 4 January.