Christmas at the Cathedral

The Cathedral is at the centre of a thriving community who share in the celebration of Christmas as the birthday of Jesus. We welcome over 300,000 people during our Christmas festival, attending one of our many Christmas service and concerts and to explore the wealth of activities taking place in the Cathedral Close.

Christmas services

We hold many Christmas services in the Cathedral each year. Our pattern of services includes Advent carols, public carol services, children’s nativity services, Midnight Eucharist and Christmas Day services.

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Opening Night Celebration with Lanterns and Live Music

Join us on Friday 21 November from 6pm to 9pm in the Cathedral Outer Close for an evening of free entertainment to celebrate the opening of this year’s Christmas Market and Ice Rink.

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Christmas Market

Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. You’ll find wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods in abundance.

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Ice Rink

Experience an exhilarating skate under the stars with friends and family. For five weeks over the Christmas period, our Inner Close is transformed by our Christmas Market and open-air real ice rink. See how the Cathedral provides a stunning backdrop to these exciting events.

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Sponsorship and corporate hospitality

Winchester Cathedral, with its Christmas Market, Ice Rink and stunning setting, can boost your business profile through association. We are pleased to offer a number of sponsorship opportunities and corporate hospitality packages to suit your business, large and small. We also offer Christmas party packages, with exclusive use of the rink and festive food and drink.

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View our Christmas gallery
Experience the Christmas Market and ice rink through a selection of Christmas images

Christmas parties and corporate events
We offer a range of venues for private parties and special events

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Click here for the Opening Ceremony Media Operational Note