We visited the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market last weekend.
The market, though enchanting, was very crowded. It was not surprising, as the market attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year, for such a small and unique historic city.
The Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market was founded in 2006, and it is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets. In my short visit last week, I only bought some nostalgic sweets for my family.
There was the Nativity scene in the market set up by the mobile farm Kidsrome. A lady was dressed to represent Mary, who was accompanied by real barnyard animals, including a sheep and a donkey. This Mary in Winchester (not Bethlehem) was lucky as she got an electric heater to keep her warm in the makeshift stable.
The shops in pretty wooden chalets were charming, though I found many items too expensive. Many people were having fun (and falling over) in the open-air ice rink.
Have you been to the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market? Did you enjoy it? Did you buy anything?
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