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Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market has been shortlisted as one of Europe’s top 20 Christmas Markets by European Best Destinations and is now in the running to be crowned the best Christmas Market in Europe 2020.

Renowned as one of the best in Europe, with over 100 chalets to explore set against the spectacular backdrop of a 1000-year old, the Christmas Market attracts visitors from far and wide to soak up the bustling festive atmosphere in the historic Inner Close. Inspired by traditional German Christmas Markets, the Christmas Market offers tempting seasonal treats, exclusive Christmas gifts and a stunning Ice Rink for visitors to enjoy.

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink ® Harvey Mills Photography 2017

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink ® Harvey Mills Photography 2017Last year, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market was voted 2nd best in the UK in a poll whilst the New York Post hailed Winchester as one of the most magical Christmas cities in Europe – offering a magical Christmas experience complete with its twinkling lights, independent shops and eateries plus festive events celebrating local food and drink, a homegrown traditional family panto and of course plenty of opportunities to see Father Christmas!

Voting for Europe’s Best Christmas Market 2020 is now live – so get voting! Hurry as voting closes at 23:59 on the 10 December:

The Christmas Market with the most votes will be crowned the best Christmas Market in Europe 2020, succeeding Tallinn who won the title of Best Christmas Market in Europe 2019. Previous winners include Strasbourg and Zagreb.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is open daily until Sunday 22 December from 10.00am, until 6.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and 8.00pm Thursday to Saturday. Admission to the Christmas Market is free.

Stall holder serving customer at christmas market

Stall holder serving customer at christmas market

Located at the heart of the Christmas Market, Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink is open until Sunday 5 January from 10am – 9am (last session starts at 8pm). Ice Rink tickets are available from £6.95 – £11.50. Advanced booking is advised, especially for weekend skating, and tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857276 or online at

While you are here take time to explore the magnificent Cathedral itself, one of the finest medieval Cathedrals in Europe. With a towering Christmas tree and traditional carol services throughout December, Winchester Cathedral really does epitomize the true joy of Christmas.

Then make sure you browse one of Winchester’s unique independent shops but make sure you stop to refuel in one of the city’s cosy restaurants or delicious cafes.

If you are staying a bit longer don’t miss the chance to see Father Christmas – he’ll be appearing at attractions across the area including Marwell, the Watercress Line and Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.

For a full list of Christmas events and activities click here and if you’re looking for some festive inspiration read our Christmas blog.