Festive Family Fun

Keep the family entertained with a host of events and activities this Christmas!

Skate on our spectacular Ice Rink, explore the Cathedral grounds with our children’s trail, visit the newly transformed Nativity Chalet, sing cheerful carols at our Family Carol Services and join our family-friendly Lantern Parade on Thursday 28 November.


Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink is ideal for families, as recommended by Families Online and Days Out with the Kids. With penguin and banana skate aids, which are available to pre-book, and Parent & Toddler sessions available for just £11.50, a skate on our spectacular Ice Rink is the perfect way to keep your children entertained this Christmas.

Tickets: £6.95 – £11 are available from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857276 and online below from 1 September 2019.

Book tickets for our spectacular Ice Rink here!


Don’t miss the Nativity Chalet, inspired by drawings made by pupils at Stanmore Primary School. Ten drawings have been chosen to create a life-size Nativity Scene, created by Sophie Hacker, Arts Consultant at the Cathedral.

You’ll find the Nativity Chalet at the heart of the British Crafts Village.


Christmas Market and Ice Rink Opening Ceremony
Thursday 21 November, 6.30pm

Join us for the official opening of the Christmas Market and Ice Rink and enjoy professional ice skating displays and music along with the blessing of the tree. Be one of the first to skate on the ice and explore this year’s Christmas Market!

Lantern Parade
Thursday 28 November, 6.30pm

Make your own Lantern with Bella Crafts and join a fun family parade starting from the Cathedral and processing around the Outer Close. Visit our What’s On page for more information.

Christmas Story-telling for Pre-Schoolers
Friday 20 December, 11.30am – 12noon

Enjoy a Christmas themed ‘make and take’ craft activity and hear the story of the first Christmas. No booking required.


Families are welcome to join us for all of our services, but the following services are especially designed for families and children to enjoy:

A Christmas Celebration – Family Carol Services
Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 December, 3.30pm

Join us for family-friendly afternoon carol services and enjoy cheerful carol singing in the magnificent Nave of the Cathedral. Visitors to the Christmas Market and Ice Rink are especially welcome.

Nativity Services
Tuesday 24 December, 11.00am & 3.00pm

Our Christmas Eve Nativity services are perfect for families. Children are encouraged to dress as characters from the Christmas story and, for those that wish, join together at the front of the Nave during the service.