Winchester Christmas Market, which has been running since 2006, has established itself as one of the best in Europe. Inspired by traditional German markets, all the stalls are in delightful wooden chalets in the grounds of the city’s majestic Cathedral. It runs until Sunday 23rd December so there is still time to visit if you are in the area and pick-up some last-minute presents. If you live in or are visiting London, it is just an hour on the train from Waterloo Station.
Winchester is a lovely historic city with a magnificent cathedral.
It was once the capital of England and worth visiting any time of year but especially at Christmas.
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market and Ice Rink
The ice rink was very popular and looked great fun but we didn’t fancy joining the queue.
The rink will be here until the end of the month.
There were lots of great food stalls but I opted for krakauer (smoked German/Polish pork sausage) with sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) and a cup of hot gluhwein (German mulled wine). The perfect thing to chase away the cold.
After sunset the market became even more magical!
One thing you should not miss is looking around the cathedral. It is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. It literally made my gasp as I walked in. I’ll share some more photographs and tell you more about it another time.