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Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Several cities in the United Kingdom hold traditional German-style Christmas markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The market in Winchester, Hampshire has earned the reputation of being one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Over 100 chalets set within the Inner and Outer Close of Winchester Cathedral offer a wide range of products.

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

The architecture of the historic Cathedral makes a stunning background for the market

Every year exhibitors are selected for their interesting, unique, and exclusive products. There is a rotation of stallholders each year to keep the market fresh. There is also an emphasis on British crafts, independent traders, and artisan festive foods.

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Ice rink at Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

An ice rink in the centre of the market, a popular attraction

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

There were a number of stalls offering a variety of food, including bratwurst, to satisfy your appetite

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Roasted chestnuts

I’d never had hot chestnuts before. This seemed like a good time to try them. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for them much. However, I did enjoy the mulled wine.

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Getting into the story at the Nativity Scene

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

If you visit the market, you may want to take some time to see the Cathedral itself. Winchester Cathedral dates from 1079, although its roots go back farther than that, to the seventh century, when England’s pagan monarchy first became Christians. Expansion and remodeling occurred in the thirteenth and fourteenth century.

Winchester High Street at Christmas

Winchester High Street

Winchester calls itself England’s Christmas Capital. There are a number of Christmas-related events scheduled in addition to the market. On its pedestrian-only High Street, I found tented stalls offering more Christmas goods and listened to and watched several street entertainers.

Goods at stalls in Winchester's High Street at Christmas

A sampling of the goods at the High Street stalls

Winchester Christmas Market: A traditional German-style Christmas market on the grounds of historic Winchester Cathedral

Winchester’s Christmas Market attracts over 350,000 visitors each year. It is easy to understand why. The word which came to mind as I wandered the stalls, listened to Christmas music, and marvelled at the goods for sale was “delightful.”

Winchester Market is open daily for a month from late November to just a few days before Christmas. Parking fees at the south and east Park & Ride lots are reasonable and include a shuttle bus ride to the centre of town, from which point High Street and the Winchester Cathedral are within easy walking distance. The shuttle ride takes about five to ten minutes.

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PIN ITWooden stalls at Winchester Christmas Market with Winchester Cathedral wall in background


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  6 Responses to “Winchester Christmas Market”

  1. With it being only a few days before Christmas and with several gaping holes remaining in my Christmas gift requirements, I would jump at being able to go to a market like that. It might even put an end to my procrastinating over holiday gift buying. Merry Christmas, Donna.

  2. When I first read your blog title I thought of the old song, “Winchester Cathedral” and was able to listen to it on You Tube. Such a cute song. The market looks like a lot of fun and, due to the thought that goes into selecting the vendors, it looks like there are quality items as well as a great variety of things offered. I first tried roasted chestnuts about this time last year when we were in Spain and loved them. Here in Lagos, there’s a vendor in the square and all the grocery stores offer special pans so that you can roast them over your bar-be-que coals. Must be a European thing! Happy Holidays to you Donna!

    • Anita, the “Winchester Cathedral” song comes to mind for me too when I think of the cathedral. The market did have good quality items. Happy Holidays to you.

  3. This is a truly charming Christmas market, Donna! I fell in love with it thanks to your pictures and great post! 😉

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