This year’s Christmas in Winchester Guide is now available, and will be door-dropped to 50,000 households in the Winchester district in the coming days.
The definitive guide to all that is Christmas in the area, it is produced by Winchester Cathedral in partnership with attractions, venues and churches across the district, Winchester City Council and the Winchester BID. As well as events such as pantomime and concerts, there are also full details of Christmas services both in the Cathedral and other local churches. It is also available at various locations around the city and on the Cathedral website at www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk.
Writing in the guide, the Dean of Winchester, the Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle says “Christmas at Winchester Cathedral is such a special time. We look forward to welcoming you to the festive and joyful atmosphere of the Christmas Market and Ice Rink and to our Cathedral services and events: to carols and feasting, to processions and nativity plays, to the awesome grandeur of the Cathedral nave and to the birth of a baby.”
Winchester has become a must-visit destination for all those in search of an authentic Christmas experience, and you’ll find the majestic Winchester Cathedral at the heart of the festivities. Founded in 2006, and originally inspired by traditional German Christmas Markets, Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is now recognised as one of the best in Europe due to its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. It is regularly acclaimed as one of the top ten Christmas Markets in the UK.
Running from Saturday 21 November to Sunday 22 December, there will be 112 chalets at this year’s Christmas Market offering a variety of gifts and a food court with indulgent treats to eat then and there and or take away and enjoy at home. The Christmas Market will be open from 10.00am until 6.30pm from Sunday to Wednesday and until 8pm from Thursday to Saturday.
As ever, nestled at the heart of the Christmas Market is the spectacular Ice Rink, the largest open-air covered Ice Rink in the region, which returns this year from Thursday 21 November 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020. To add to its innovative and hugely successful roof which has proved so beneficial in guaranteeing a rain-free skate, the centre of the rink will once again sport a large Christmas Tree this year to fill skaters with festive cheer.
The open sides of the rink enable skaters to enjoy the Ice Rink’s unique setting under the shadow of the ancient and spectacular architecture of Winchester Cathedral and the highly popular Ice Café will again be selling festive treats as well as more traditional fayre.
Competitively priced tickets from £6.95 – £11, which include an hour’s skating and skate hire, are available from the Cathedral Box Office (01962 857276) and online at www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk. Numerous concessions and packages are available, including Parent and Toddler sessions for under 4s, 2 for 1 student nights every Tuesday from 26 November – 17 December, season tickets and inclusive food offers. The Ice Rink is one of the highlights of Winchester’s Christmas – an unmissable experience for visitors of all ages!
The Christmas Market and Ice Rink Opening Ceremony will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday 21 November. The rink will be officially opened by the Mayor of Winchester and will include stunning skating displays to music and light by some of the country’s most up and coming skating talent, carol singing with the Boy Choristers and much more.
Also running between Friday 22 November and Thursday 19 December are Christmas and Twilight Tower Tours, offering the experience of views across the city and the market. Dates and times vary.