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WINchester’s 12 Days of Christmas

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Winchester's 12 days of of Christmas Competition

Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages every day between 1-12 December and enter Visit Winchester’s 12 Days of Christmas Competition for your chance to win one of 12 spectacular prizes.

Look out for the competition posts each day on the Visit Winchester Facebook and Instagram pages to discover some of the great gifts from our local businesses around the Winchester district. ‘Like’ the post AND comment your answer to the question(s) for your chance to enter.

The competition closes at midnight each night (1-12 December 2023).

One prize winner will be drawn daily from all entries on both Instagram and Facebook that day and will be announced the following day. The winner will be contacted by Visit Winchester either via our social media channels or by our email Please note you will only be contacted by our official channels and we will not ask for any payment details.

Good luck to everyone who enters and remember to shop locally for your Christmas treats and presents this year. Read the terms and conditions here.

Prize 1 (1 December)

4 tickets to see this year’s pantomime – Cinderella at the Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 6 December at 7pm.
Cinderella's glass slipper
A magical retelling of the greatest fairy tale of them all, with original songs, loads of corny gags, audience participation and some surprising twists to the tale, everyone is bound to have a ball!

The pantomime is family-friendly and traditional in format with a hero, a villain, a dame and lots of music and audience participation.

The running time will be approximately 2 hours with an interval of 15-20 minutes after one hour.

Prize 2 (2 December)

2 for 1 on the Christmas Mulled Wine Walk with Walsh Tours.Mulled wine

Starting at Westgate; the medieval entrance to our historic town, you’ll then head to the Great Hall of Winchester Castle and hear about the legend of King Arthur. Afterwards, meander the High Street with its beautiful Christmas lights and tree. Hearing stories of Winchester and global holiday traditions. Soak up the atmosphere with an included glass of Mulled Wine (or hot drink).

Tours cost £16 and run until Thursday 21 December and last 90 mins.

Prize 3 (3 December)

Glow Marwell family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for entry on Friday 8 December. 

Venture through a 36 metre multicoloured light tunnel, gaze in wonder at a towering Enchanted Tree with fluttering butterflies, wander through colourful clouds projected overhead and meet some new creatures brought to life in a magical Glow Forest.

Tickets include complimentary zoo entry from 1pm until 4pm and then the Glow Marwell event itself runs from 4pm until 8pm.

Please note that Friday 8 December is a Premium Night so there will be performance acts on that date but no Father Christmas.

Prize 4 (4 December)

A family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children to visit the Winchester Science Centre for Science Dino-mite which runs until 2 January.

Dino Rangers have sprinkled prehistoric cheer around the Science Centre ready for a Jurassic adventure. Join the excavation team in Dino Dig, handle real fossils in Dino Discovery, meet Trixie the baby Triceratops, find the hidden dinosaurs in the Dino Activity Trail and be wowed by live science in the brand new Science Theatre show, The Dino Show.

Prize 5 (5 December)

Louis Pommery bottle of England Brut







Prize 6 (6 December)

A family Trio ticket for Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Winchester museums (878 AD, Winchester City Museum, Westgate Museum). A family ticket is valid for up to five people, including a maximum of two adults.

878 AD is an immersive experience for all the family, discover early medieval Wessex and the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon Winchester in this exciting exploration of the city and its history. This two part Anglo-Saxon adventure is brought to life by the spectacular world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla © and its educational experience, Discovery Tour: Viking Age – fun for all ages!


City MuseumThe Winchester City Museum is located in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great. From its origins as an Iron Age trading centre to Anglo Saxon glory, the last journey of Jane Austen to the hunt for King Alfred’s remains, explore the sights and sounds of Winchester past and present in the museum’s three galleries.


The Westgate Museum is located at the top of the High Street in the historic city of Winchester, Westgate Museum is housed inside a surviving fortified medieval city gateway. The museum tells the story of this remarkable building, and the history of Tudor and Stuart Winchester. It also offers great rooftop city views.


Prize 7 (7 December)

afternoon tea at the swan hotel

Afternoon tea for two at The Swan Hotel, Alresford.

The Swan Hotel is a charming 18th-century, 3 star hotel, just 15 minutes drive from Winchester,  in the historic town of Alresford. The Swan Hotel is situated on the left hand side where for over two hundred and fifty years it has served the community well from the original horse drawn coaches running from London to Southampton to modern day travellers.


Prize 8 (8 December)

Bottle of RB 32 Brut from Exton Park

With Christmas just around the corner, celebrate in style with award-winning English sparkling wine from Exton Park. Based in the heart of the South Downs just outside of Winchester, their idyllic vineyard crafts premium, world class wines from grapes that are grown sustainably on their 60 acre estate.

Elevate your festive season with their consistently exceptional Reserve Blend wines. Carefully curated using a 10 year library of reserves, this range offers an iconic house style that is a firm favourite with Michelin star chefs and restaurants.

Visit their spectacular vineyard and events space, Exton Hall, for private, small group tours and tastings, perfect as a gift or to enjoy yourself.

Prize 9 (9 December)

Visit Winchester Gift bag

A Visit Winchester gift bag that includes a tote bag, Visit Winchester branded chocolate, Visit Winchester branded fudge, a Visit Winchester book mark, a Christmas magnet and a Winchester tea towel.


Prize 10 (10 December)

A 3-course meal for two with a bottle of wine to enjoy at Rick Stein Winchester.

Rick Stein’s restaurant in Winchester serves classic seafood dishes and excellent wines with a nod to their Cornish heritage. On the menu there’s something for everyone and every occasion, from leisurely lunches with friends to a romantic dinner and everything in between. Stop by for light bite, perfect for a quick something after work or before an afternoon of shopping.

Prize 11 (11 December)

Afternoon tea for 2 guests at Winchester Royal Hotel.

Located in the heart of Winchester city centre with 81 beautifully designed bedrooms, enjoy a truly indulgent experience in the award-winning Garden Restaurant and secret garden. Afternoon tea at the Winchester Royal Hotel consists of a delicious selection of freshly made sandwiches, homemade scones and delightful sweet treats.


Prize 12 (12 December)

A Bombay Sapphire Christmas Hamper Gift Set with Personalised Engraved Bottle.

Based at Laverstoke Mill in rural North Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history. For over 225 years, the Victorian and Georgian buildings set astride the crystal clear River Test produced bank note paper for the Bank of England and the British Empire. Now, Laverstoke Mill is a state-of-the-art sustainable distillery, which produces every drop of Bombay Sapphire gin.

The hamper includes:

1 x Personalised Engraved Bombay Sapphire 70cl or Bombay Bramble 70cl
1 x Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass in Gift Box
1 x Fever Tree Ginger Ale 200ml
1 x Fever Tree Blood Orange Soda 200ml
1 x Indian Tonic 200ml
1 x Jigger

Prize 13 (13 December)

A tour and tasting e-voucher (£50) for Black Chalk Wine.

The Black Chalk Estate lies on the banks of the River Test, making it a beautiful location to visit and taste some of England’s finest wines. Enjoy a vineyard tour with their resident expert. You’ll then be treated to a relaxed tasting of two wines in The Tasting Room.


Prize 14 (14 December)

Afternoon tea at the Mecure Winchester Wessex Hotel with prosecco for 4 guests.