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Lantern Procession Winchester


The streets of Winchester will be lit up again with this year’s Lantern Procession taking place on Thursday 1 December from 6pm – 8pm in the Cathedral Outer Close. The participants will process with their homemade paper lanterns through the Cathedral grounds, and will be followed by Community Carols, organised in association with Churches Together in Winchester.

lantern procession

If you want to take part, Bella Crafts will be hosting lantern-making workshops at their Fair Oak and Romsey sites. They can also provide kits and instructions for those who prefer to make their lanterns at home. For more information visit

To find out how to take part in the parade, visit

The procession of colourful handmade paper and willow lanterns will leave the Cathedral at 6pm and parades around the Outer Close. The celebrations include live music, congregational carols and conclude with fireworks. All welcome.

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink
Friday 18 November – Monday 2 January 2017
While we’re at it, a reminder that the weather (remember last year’s rain?) will NOT play any future part in the continuing success of Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink – which is having a complete makeover in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Its new clear-span roof means that whatever the weather, everyone can now enjoy a rain-free skate. Session start times (1 hour, including time to fit skates)10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.30, 17.30, 18.45 and 19.45

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market: Fri 18 Nov – Tue 20 Dec 2016
A reminder too that as it was founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is also celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. You may have noticed the prominent article in the Daily Telegraph recently, confirming that Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe and loved for its unique location—nestled beside the cathedral in its historic close and surrounding a real ice rink. More than 100 chalets are filled with high quality exhibitors, hand-picked for their interesting, unique and exclusive products. The focus on British crafts, independent traders and artisan festive foods, as well as regular performances by local choirs, really does make this market stand out from the rest.

Winchester Christmas Maket