Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market short-listed for Best Christmas Market in Europe 2020!

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Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market short-listed for Best Christmas Market in Europe 2020!

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market has been short-listed as one of Europe’s top 20 Christmas Markets by European Best Destinations and is now in the running to be crowned the best Christmas Market in Europe 2020.

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is often acclaimed as one of the best in Europe, with over 100 chalets to explore. Visitors travel from far and wide to soak up the bustling festive atmosphere in the historic Inner Close, with spectacular views of Winchester Cathedral. Inspired by traditional German Christmas Markets, the Christmas Market offers tempting seasonal treats, exclusive Christmas gifts and a stunning Ice Rink for visitors to enjoy.

Last year, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market was voted 2nd best in the UK in a poll whilst the New York Post hailed Winchester as one of the most magical Christmas cities in Europe.

Voting for Europe’s Best Christmas Market 2020 will be live on the following web page from 00:01 on 29 November – to 23:59 on 10 December:

The Christmas Market with the most votes will be crowned the best Christmas Market in Europe 2020, succeeding Tallinn who won the title of Best Christmas Market in Europe 2019. Previous winners include Strasbourg and Zagreb.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is open daily from Thursday 21 November – Sunday 22 December from 10.00am, until 6.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and 8.00pm Thursday to Saturday. Admission to the Christmas Market is free.

Located at the heart of the Christmas Market, Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink will be open from Thursday 21 November – Sunday 5 January from 10am – 9am (last session starts at 8pm). Ice Rink tickets are available from £6.95 – £11.50. Advanced booking is advised, especially for weekend skating, and tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857276 or online at

Visitors should also take time to explore the magnificent Cathedral itself, one of the finest medieval Cathedrals in Europe. With a towering Christmas tree and traditional carol services throughout December, Winchester Cathedral really does epitomize the true joy of Christmas.

To plan your visit to Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market and Ice Rink, please visit


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