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21st Nov 2019 10.00 AM - 22nd Dec 2019 6.30PM Sun-Wed, 8.00PM Thu-Sat Event Type: Festival
Thursday 21 November - Sunday 22 December 2019
Winchester Cathedralâ€™s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe because of its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance, with a delightful Food Court, British Crafts Village, and over 100 chalets to explore.
In 2018, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market was voted 2nd best in the UK by Booking.com and one of the top 8 Christmas Markets in Europe by the New York Post. Itâ€™s no wonder that traders travel from far and wide to join in the festive fun!
A taste of the 2018 Christmas Market and Ice Rink
About the Christmas Market
Founded in 2006, our Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedralâ€™s historic Close surrounding our covered, rain-free real ice rink. All our exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which canâ€™t be bought on the high street.
Many of our exhibitors will be attending for the full duration but some will only be here for the first half with new exhibitors filling the chalets for the second half.
We invite many British craftspeople to take part in the Christmas Market. If youâ€™re looking for that special something make sure you visit the jewellers, painters, glass makers and textile artists selling unique gifts and decorations.
At the far end of the British Crafts Village you will find an enchanting nativity scene - providing an ideal opportunity toÂ shareÂ the Christmas story amongst your partyÂ and take a fun photograph for Christmas.
Access and facilities
Crowds - weekends are extremely busy and queues at entry points to the Christmas Market should be expected. If you can visit during the week from Monday - Friday you will experience a more leisurely visit and better opportunities to browse the 100 plus chalets.
Wheelchair users - theÂ Christmas Market is situated in the Cathedral Inner and Outer Close. Although we have worked hard to provide wheelchair access throughout the site some of our chalets remain inaccessible to wheelchair users.Â We have a team of stewards on duty at all times who are happy to provide assistance if requested. Please be aware that at weekends the Christmas Market is veryÂ busy and although level access and ramps are in place the crowds can makeÂ these hard to identify and utilise. Please take great care when visiting the site as there are areas of uneven ground and pavements which can be hazardous.
Toilets -Â toilets and disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are available in the Cathedral Visitorsâ€™ Centre. There are no toilets in the main area of the Christmas Market.
Dogs -dogsÂ are allowed within the Christmas Market but must be on a lead or carried at all times. We do not recommend you bring dogs to the Christmas Market at weekends as the site is very busy.
We welcome coach parties and groups from all over the UK and overseas. Although there is no charge to enter the Christmas Market we do ask that all groups contact us in advance to help us ensure the best possible experience for all visitors. We offer a meet and greet service for coaches and provide information about coach parking, catering and visiting the Cathedral.
To make the most of your visit, we encourage you to take time to see inside the Cathedral. Recognising that time is of the essence we have developed a 'highlights' tour that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Group admission rates apply.