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. If you live or are staying in London, it is just an hour on the train from Waterloo Station.

 

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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

 

Winchester Christmas Market, Christmas Markets

Lamp shades at the Christmas Market, Winchester

Skating in Winchester

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.

Winchester Cathedral's ice rink

Italian chestnuts

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.

Krakauer

Winchester's Christmas Market

Christmas Wreaths, christmas markets

Winchester's Christmas Market at dusk

After sunset the market became even more magical!

15 market

Winchester's Christmas market

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Winchester Cathedral

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.

Cathedral rehearsal

The entrance fee includes a guided tour which is well worth going on as there are some amazing things you might otherwise miss including the library which holds some truly stunning, ancient, hand-illustrated books. You are not allowed to take photographs in the library but you can everywhere else so don’t forget your camera. When we were there we were lucky enough to catch the rehearsal for a concert that evening. The singing was as beautiful as the setting.

All the details about visiting the market, the ice rink and the cathedral can be found on Winchester’s Cathedral‘s website. It really is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. The market ends next weekend!

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