By Kirstie Pratt
We’re pretty blessed in Winchester to have a Christmas Market that runs from November 19th- December 22nd in the middle of town behind the cathedral. The market has many booths set up that include shops, food, crafts, and much more! All of them are centered around a huge ice rink where you can book a slot for ice skating. I have been a couple times now and I will definitely be back. Here’s some things that I liked the most so far at the market.
The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Company
Theres a bunch of food and snack stands that you’ll find throughout the market selling delicious items but my favorite so far is definitely these grilled cheeses. They have many different kinds you can get with many different cheeses and ingredients but I opted for the straight cheese. It was so warm and when you took a bite you could see the melted cheese. It even came with a pickle on the side! It is a must if you’re at the market.
The Ice Skating Rink
The ice skating rink is always super busy whenever I go so you can tell people really enjoy it. Theres lights that flash snowflakes onto the ice giving it a true winter feel. For the younger kids they even have little penguins that they can push around to help them stay up on the ice. It is a definite must during the holiday season.
The Homemade Crafts
All of the shops in the market have unique gifts. From candles, to jewelry, to hand carved wooden statues, there’s something for everyone to buy. I found many things that I wanted to buy at the market like these candles with magnificent scents made with a mold to have a bunch of bumps on the sides. They also had these paper stars that you can hang from the ceiling making any boring room a work of art. If you need to buy a christmas gift for someone this is where I would go.
Something you can find a lot of places throughout the UK and Europe during the holiday season is mulled or hot wine. It’s perfect to keep your hands and body warm during the cold while you’re walking around outside. They have it positioned on the outside when you walk in so you don’t even have to fight the crowds once inside. Don’t forget to grab a thing of freshly made churros right beside it!