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.

The market is often acclaimed as one of the best in Europe, with over 100 chalets to explore. Last year, it was voted second best in the UK in a poll – while the New York Post hailed Winchester as one of the most magical Christmas cities in Europe. Voting for Europe’s Best Christmas Market 2020 is now live on the following web page until 23:59 on 10 December – see

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is open daily until 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 epitomise the true joy of Christmas.

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

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