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Christmas in Winchester


Christmas in Winchester is dubbed ‘England’s Christmas Capital’.

The 2024 festive season kicks off on 14 November with the Christmas lights switch on then Winchester district comes alive with a range of festive activities carrying on into the New Year.

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, this years runs from Friday 22 November through until Sunday 22 December.

Getting to Winchester is easy by train as it’s just one hour from London. It is also well connected for cars and coaches via the M3 and major A roads leading to various park and ride spots close to the city. You can even reach us by plane or boat thanks Winchester’s proximity to Southampton Airport and cruise terminals.

Check the train times below or view our getting here page.

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.