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Dubbed ‘England’s Christmas Capital,’ from the moment the lights switch on midway through November, Winchester is alive with a range of festive activities carrying on into the New Year. However this year things will be a little bit different as we all try to stop the spread of coronavirus.

So some of our festive favourites may not take place this year or there may be alternative ways to enjoy this yuletide season with your family or a small group of friends in Winchester. We are working with our businesses across the district to bring festive cheer to Winchester in both traditional and new creative ways whilst ensuring the safety of visitors, residents and staff. We will publish updates here.

It is with great sadness that Winchester Cathedral has announced that their Christmas Market will not be taking place this year.

The cathedral has explored all possible options and worked with partners at Winchester City Council, Winchester BID, the Safety Advisory Group and Public Health England to reach its conclusion to cancel the market – you can read the full announcement here.

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’.

The Watercress Line is delighted to announce an exciting, new event this winter: Steam Illuminations.

Steam Illuminations is a unique, world-first digital LED train which creates an incredible light show both on and in the steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. The lights are programmed to perform a wonderful light show, consisting of different colours and flashing patterns that are a marvel to see. Everyone is given an LED wristband to wear on the train to be part of the show and can take them home after the event.

The event will start on the 14th November and run through to the 3rd January. Trains will depart from either Alresford or Alton and complete a round trip, back to the starting station.

Tickets will need to be booked in advance. For more details and to book, click here.