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Thousands of visitors expected as Winchester gets the festive spirit
IT is known as England’s Christmas capital.
Now Winchester is set to prove it again with a fun festive line up set to draw in hundreds of thousands of visitors.
With its traditional market and ice rink returning, Winchester Cathedral will be right at the heart of it.
The market and ice rink open on November 21 after an opening ceremony featuring carol singing, fireworks and skating displays, all hosted by Wave FM’s Steve Power.
Lantern parade Now in its eighth year, the market in Cathedral Close is considered among the best in Europe with high quality food and gifts available up until December 22.
For the first time this year the annual lantern parade will not take place on the market’s opening night, but rather a week later on Thursday, November 28.
The procession will start at the Great Hall at 6pm, moving down the High Street and finishing at the cathedral at 6.45pm, ahead of an evening of entertainment headlined by 1950s band The Cadillacs.
Lanterns, made from willow and tissue paper can be made by families at supervised workshops at the Brooks Shopping Centre from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm on October 30, November 1, November 16 and November 17.
The cathedral is also running special tours including a ‘twilight tour’ where visitors can see Winchester’s Christmas lights sparkle from the top of the cathedral tower.
Meanwhile there will be plenty of Christmas services at the cathedral including the Lord Lieutenant’s Christmas Concert on December 13, hosted by television presenter Alan Titchmarsh.
Family services take place at 11am and 3pm on Christmas Eve with a midnight Eucharist starting at 11.30pm.
The ice rink runs until January 5 and is open from 10am-7.45pm daily.
For tickets and more details on all these events, visit winchester-cathedral.org.uk or call 01962 857276.
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