Cathedral Festive flair E XPLORE ONE of the finest Christmas markets in Europe, shop for gifts and enjoy a spin around the Ice Rink when Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market opens on November 21.. Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is renowned because of its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance, there is a food court, British Crafts’ Village and more than 100 chalets to explore. The real Ice Rink is open until January 5, the only place in the country where you are guaranteed a rain-free festive skate under a see-through roof, beneath the stars around a fabulous Christmas tree. The market is free to enter and tickets for skating (with concessions and special offers) are available from the Cathedral 18 Resident box office. Choose food from the Ice Rink café, food court or award- winning Cathedral Refectory and make the most of your day with a tour offering the best view from the top of the Cathedral Tower. Tours operate from November 21 to December 19, starting at 2.15pm and cost £10. There is also a Twilight Tour option (contact the Cathedral Box Office for further details). Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) executive director Paul Spencer said: “Winchester is a wonderful city at Christmas. The festive season officially starts on November 14 with the Christmas Lights’ Switch On, on The Broadway, there will be entertainment from 4pm until 7pm and the lights go on at 6pm. Explore the city’s side streets which are packed full of hidden treasures, independent shops and a variety of cafes and restaurants. “We all know Christmas shopping can be testing at times, but Winchester is well connected by public transport and if you are driving into the city the Park Winchester app will assist with locating any available car park spaces; it also gives the city’s Park and Ride sites’ capacity. For £3 you can park your car and take the regular bus service direct to city centre stops.” Park and Ride is always a popular and cost effective option because the cost covers a driver and up to six passengers. • Friends of the Cathedral can meet for coffee in the Undercroft on November 22 at 10.30. • Advent Procession takes place on November 30, at 6.30pm, comprising a service of seasonal readings and music by candlelight, moving from darkness to light.