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Dubbed ‘England’s Christmas Capital,’ the 2021 festive season kicks off on 18 November when the Christmas lights are switched on by local heroes with a stage show on the Broadway.

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe and will open on the 19 November.

Winchester is alive with a range of festive activities carrying on into the New Year.

We are working with our businesses across the district to bring festive cheer to Winchester and we will publish updates here as soon as events and activities are confirmed.

Health and safety continues to be of the highest priority so please make sure you keep up to date with the latest government advice and follow restrictions currently in place.

If you are dreaming of a winter escape to Winchester, please do make sure you plan ahead and visit the websites of the venues you wish to visit before you arrive – take a look at our useful hints and tips to make sure you ‘know before you go’.

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Just how often do you shop locally for your Christmas gifts? Take the stress out of Christmas shopping this year and take a look at what’s right on your doorstep.

Now is the perfect chance to rediscover what is made in the Winchester District and try out local delicacies – from English sparkling wine and gin to lavender soap and watercress and much more.

For foodie lovers give them a taste of Winchester, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to unique gifts and treats for that person who is always difficult to buy for and find traditional toys for the grandchildren.

For more ideas and gift inspiration take a look at our support local page and if you can’t get into our market towns or city centre, many of our retail outlets are now offering click and collect, ring and reserve and deliveries to make Christmas shopping even easier this year.