Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market has opened for another year of festivities.

It comes after the popular attraction claimed its spot as the sixth best Christmas market in the UK, outshining popular markets in York and London. 

According to a recent study by Christmas Tree World, the market’s charm, variety and festive spirit have propelled it to the top tier of holiday destinations.

In the 2023 Christmas market rankings, Birmingham took the lead, but Winchester Cathedral emerged as a stand-out, securing its position with 35 market days, 9,500 Instagram mentions, 134,400 TikTok views and an impressive 314,000 Google searches.

The Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, running from November 17 to December 21, promises a magical experience for locals and visitors alike. 

Nestled within the historic grounds, the market boasts wooden chalets inspired by traditional German Christmas markets. 

Combined with festive lighting, the melodies of Christmas carols and the tempting aromas of mulled wine and cinnamon, the market transports visitors into a winter wonderland.

What sets Winchester Cathedral apart is not just its market accolades but also its commitment to an authentic Christmas experience. 

The cathedral takes centre stage in the city’s celebrations, hosting Christmas services, carol concerts and various events throughout the season. 

The market itself is a reflection of the cathedral’s festive spirit, attracting global visitors seeking unique gifts from hand-picked high-quality exhibitors.

Adding to the excitement this year, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market welcomes several new traders. From hand-poured and laser-cut gifts at Zooniverse Designs to the innovative and delicious English wines of Wine That’s Fruit Ltd, there’s something for everyone. 

The market’s diverse offerings include truffle-based condiments, hand-made soaps, artisan brownies, sustainable fashion and much more.

Another noteworthy addition is the Hampshire Fare Shop Local Chalet, showcasing a rotating selection of 19 local producers offering everything from alpaca wool coats to award-winning rum and gin. This initiative not only enhances the festive atmosphere but also supports local businesses and communities.

The Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is not just a shopping destination; it’s an immersive experience that captures the spirit of the season. 

Whether you’re strolling through the charming wooden chalets or enjoying the diverse range of stage performances, this market promises to make your Christmas truly magical. 

And the best part? Admission is free, making it accessible to all who wish to revel in the joy of the season.