Winchester Magazine Christmas Issue 2017 Winchester Magazine Christmas Issue 2017 - Page 5

W H AT ’ S O N WHAT’S ON Festive Round-up CITY CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKET Explore Winchester’s decorated streets and find out how Christmas has been celebrated in the city’s past – from Henry III’s Christmas feast at the castle in 1250 to Show Night in the 1890s, when local butchers displayed their wares. Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market transforms the Inner Close from 20 November to 22 December. It’s recognised as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe for its unique location, high-quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Enjoy ice skating in the covered rink from 20 November to 7 January. Join Winchester tour guides on selected dates through December for a seasonal walking tour from Winchester Tourist Information Office. 01962 840500 | CHRISTMAS LEAVE Experience the atmosphere of a World War Two Christmas on the Watercress Line on 26 and 27 December. See civilian and military re-enactors take part in song, dance, steam and seasonal merriment. 01962 733810 | JOIN THE LANTERN PARADE Bring or make a lantern and join the family parade starting from the cathedral and processing around the Outer Close after dark on 30 November. The parade is free to take part in but participants must register their lanterns with the cathedral box office ahead of the evening. 01962 857275 | 5