Christmas is coming! The huge spruce tree has arrived in the cathedral nave, final preparations are being made for services, events and activities, and the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market has moved location: online.
We know it was disappointing for many that the Christmas Market could not happen in its usual format, so we’ve brought together all the independent retailers, producers and charities, who would normally be at the Christmas Market, together online. You can now browse and shop for unique gifts directly with them through the Christmas Market website.
The new website brings together everything Christmas at the cathedral. You can find details of Christmas evensongs, nativities and events; take part in a huge installation in the cathedral by making a paper lantern; enter a Christmas poetry competition; learn about Christmas at the cathedral through the centuries; find Christmas craft ideas; or simply take time out to reflect with daily advent reflections and prayers. There is even a Christmas Carols advent calendar, sung by the Winchester Cathedral choir.
While COVID-19 has meant significant changes, some traditions remain untouched, such as the installation of the Cathedral’s giant Christmas tree. The tree is always generously funded by the Friends of Winchester Cathedral which will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in the New Year. This year, there will be four extra trees to discover in the cathedral, including a tree of hope.