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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..
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
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
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.