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Winchester Christmas Market 2023

17 November 2023 - 21 December 2023


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A highlight of the festive season, Winchester Christmas Market opens on 17 November. Since 2006 the market has been recognised as one of the leading Christmas Festivals in the UK alongside Bath, Edinburgh and Canterbury.

The city has firmly established as a destination for a genuine Christmas experience, albeit one based firmly in the German tradition of Christmas markets. Around half a million people are expected to attend this year’s festival which will last for five weeks straddling November and December.

Winchester Christmas Market

With roughly 100 wooden chalets crammed into the area around Cathedral Close, there’s still room for an ice rink to ensure fun for all the family. In addition to the usual Christmas paraphernalia there is a food court food with plenty of mulled wine to keep you warm, as well as a nativity scene – it is Christmas after all – and, naturally, the spectacular Winchester Cathedral looking down deignfully upon all the festivities.

Winchester Christmas Lights

The Winchester festive season will kick off when the Christmas lights will be turned on and there will be with a stage show outside the Guildhall.

Events include a traditional pantomime as well as concerts. Winchester Cathedral has produced Christmas in Winchester Guide which outlines all the venues and attractions in the area.

Winchester Christmas Market

Winchester Christmas Market Dates

The Christmas Market will run from 17 November to 21 December, 2023.

Why not follow Mark Bibby jackson on the Pilgrims’ Way from New Alresford to Winchester?

Things to do in Winchester

For ideas on what to do in Winchester, visit the local tourism site.

More information on the Winchester Christmas Market

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17 November 2023
21 December 2023


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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