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Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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.

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.