Again this year we will be launching our Christmas activities with a spectacular opening ceremony. Starting at 6.30pm around the Ice Rink in The Inner Close and hosted by Wave 105FM DJ Steve Power, the evening includes Japanese drummers, skating polar bears, the blessing of the Christmas Tree, a formal welcome and opening by The Mayor of Winchester and even some fireworks. And, if that wasnâ€™t enough, this year we will be welcoming back Robin Cousins, with two of the recently-cast international skaters from his new show ICE, which world-premiÃ¨res at the Mayflower, Southampton in January.
This is a free event so please do come along and enjoy the fun.
Refreshments will be available and the Christmas Market will be open to browse. Ice skating sessions will run once the ceremony has finished, to book tickets click here.
Please note: This year our stunning lantern parade will take place on Thursday 28 November. The parade will mark the start of Advent and this year there will be a theme of â€˜celebrationâ€™. For more information about the parade and how to take part click here.
Read the 2013 Christmas in Winchester guide here.