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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.

Visitors have been flocking to Winchester from all over Europe to admire the city in all its festive splendour and enjoy its wide range of yuletide events.

Whichever way you like to celebrate this joyful season, there is something for you in Winchester. Whether it’s rejoicing in the awe inspiring cathedral, getting your ice skates on, laughing your socks off at the pantomime or finding that unique and special gift for someone.

There are also many ways to make merry, including the Winchester Wine Festival brought to you by Masters of Wine and TV presenters Susie Barrie and Peter Richards and the Ginchester Christmas Market celebrating the vibrant regional drinks scene.

For a city that truly embraces Christmas, it’s hardly a surprise that Winchester topped the Royal Mail’s UK happiness index earlier this year.  Below we highlight some of the best events and places to get happy in Winchester this Christmas.