Visit Winchester: A SUAVE OWL Christmas Guide

What To Do In Winchester At Christmas?


Christmas time is coming! With it comes everything we associate with the season: shopping for presents, mulled wine, parties, excitement, carolling, food, and more. There’s so much to be excited for. Winchester at Christmas has so much to offer. If you’re planning a Winchester Christmas trip, or simply want Christmas activities in Winchester, this blog is for you. Read on for events, activities, and days out that will be perfect for your Winchester Christmas. Get in the Christmas spirit with SUAVE OWL Winchester this year.


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Winchester Christmas Lights


Kick off Christmas 2023 with one of those most festive of activities, watching the Christmas light switch on. Winchester’s Christmas lights will be switched on at The Broadway outside the Guildhall on Thursday the 16th of November. See the city come to life with gorgeous light and decoration and join the crowd for this highly anticipated event.


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Winchester Christmas Market


Winchester’s Christmas Market is famous and regarded as among Europe’s best. When it comes to the Christmas atmosphere and raising Christmas spirits, a Christmas market is the epitome of Christmas festivities. Tucked in amongst Winchester’s historical centre, the market is inspired by traditional German markets. There is festive light and music to immerse you in holiday spirit. Enjoy the sounds and setting while you wonder from wooden stall to stall, seeing the unique high-quality exhibitors. If that isn’t enough to entice you, consider the food and drink sellers who will fill the air with those Christmassy smells and spices that immerse you in the season. For Winchester visitors and Winchester locals, a trip to the Christmas market is a must.


Winchester Christmas market

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The market is located at Winchester Cathedral’s Inner Close. It opens on Friday the 17th of November and runs all the way up until Thursday the 21st of December, you have plenty of time to explore the market thoroughly. Admission is completely free, so don’t miss out on the perfect Christmas experience and plan a trip to Winchester’s Christmas Market.

Winchester Christmas market - close up on stalls.

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Christmas Activities In Winchester


This year, this is a wide range of Christmas events in Winchester. Whether you want to spend time with your partner, friends, family, children, or just by yourself. There is something for everyone to enjoy.


If you’re looking for a unique event, you have to consider The Watercress Line’s Steam Illuminations. Get on board a colourful steam train, covered in LED lights, and experience a kaleidoscope of seasonal colour. Enjoy Christmas music hits alongside a brilliant show of light and take a two-hour train ride full of visual delight.


Steam train travelling at night with illuminations.

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This is not a Christmas attraction you get everywhere, this special event runs from the 24th of November to the 23rd of December. From the 27th of December to the 6th of January, you can also enjoy a trip through pop classics from the 1960s to the modern day. It’s sure to be an experience to remember, sign up today.


If you’re a fan of a night of illumination, there’s more for you in your Winchester Christmas than just the Steam Illuminations. Glow Marwell runs from the 24th of November to the 30th of December. The event is held at Marwell Zoo and gives you the opportunity to see the grounds covered in thousands and thousand of lights. Travel through an illuminated 36 metre tunnel and see magical creatures made of light on your walk around the grounds. This year, for the first time, Father Christmas will also be in attendance in his grotto on selected dates. Enjoy a festive Winchester Christmas evening in gorgeous scenery this festive season.


If you love a bit of dressing up, and additionally like getting in some cardio, there’s one part of your Winchester Christmas you cannot miss. On Sunday the 3rd of December in the morning, this year’s Winchester Santa Fun Run takes place. This popular annual 5k run is ran by a fleet of Santas.


Winchester Santa Fun Run

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Walk, run, skip, or jump around Winchester city centre in costume. As long as you participate with festive cheer, you’ll get a special medal upon completing the run. It’s an experience you don’t get to do every day. Make a memory that will last you this December and participate in the Winchester Santa Fun Run!


Does it get more Christmassy than a trip to the pantomime? This year’s production at Winchester Theatre Royal is a retelling of the classic Cinderella. There will be corny jokes, original songs, twists on the original story, and, of course, audience participation! Fun for all the family, a trip to the pantomime is a Christmas in Winchester must. Book your tickets today!


This is only a small sampling of all the Christmas events in Winchester 2023. There’s so much fun to be had simply waiting for you to find it. For the full round up of Christmas events, check out Visit Winchester’s Christmas Events page.


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Visit SUAVE OWL Winchester This Christmas


With so much to do in the area and so much to be explored in Winchester city centre at Christmas, a day trip or a visit is a must. If you’re lucky enough to live locally, a packed December of festivities is something you have to look forward to. Enjoy the historic city sites, the smells of Christmas spice, and finish your annual Christmas shopping in style. Figuring out what to do in Winchester at Christmas couldn’t be easier.


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However, you must remember to visit SUAVE OWL Winchester this Christmas. We have everything a gentleman needs for the season. Christmas outfits, winter layers, cozy casualwear, and the perfect party outfits for those formal occasions. Plus, we have a range of gifts perfect for the special man in your life – including SUAVE OWL brand gin. Find SUAVE OWL Winchester at 17 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9JX and see what SUAVE OWL can do for you at this most special time of year.


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