Although Winchester Christmas Market is one of the UK’s newer markets it still attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year and includes over 80 Chalet-style stalls and 113 exhibitors as well as a food court, a Nativity scene, a Father Christmas Grotto and surrounds an open-air ice rink.
Annually, usually from late November to late December.
Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
What to buy: Market traders sell all kinds of festive merchandise - local and international crafts, German decorations, jewellery, clothing, herbal products, candles, sweets, baked goods and locally made food products.
What to pay: Various
Winchester's pedestrian high street is the hub of the city. It stretches from King Alfred's statue up towards the Westgate. There are some great stalls outside selling fresh cheese, olives and meats, and a wide variety of shops, including decent pubs and coffee shops. Pictured is the buttercross, a 15th century monument.
Winchester's High Street is an attractivce street but like in every other High Street in Britain you will find the same old shops in Winchester. Boots, Marks and Spencer, HMV, Virgin, Next, Clinton Cards, Gap, Carphone Warehouse, BHS, etc, etc
The store began in 1884 in the UK and today it is the biggest department store chain in the country.
Winchester's location has both clothing and groceries. In my opinion, the clothing is geared more toward a middle-aged group than younger people. The best thing about the store is the grocery section's pre-packaged foods that you can take for lunch on the go. They have a deal where you can get a sandwich or wrap and crisps and a beverage for a pretty good price. I often took advantage of this deal for my picnics on the cathedral lawn.
The Shops include:
Argos, Beales, Bhs, County News, Clinton Cards, The Independent Holiday Shop, MVC, Music at Winchester, Naked Flame, Shopmobility, New Look, Waterstone's, The Designer Room, WinFM, Pilot, Stockpots, Repertoire, Redgreen, MFI, Hawkin's Bazaar, Stationery Box and Costa Coffee
The centre is covered, so it makes for convenient shopping in the rain. There is a museum in the lower level and 344 on-site car parking spaces. Costa Coffee has a small seating area within the atrium of the centre.