With a last minute lockdown providing a a disappointing end to 2020, Christmas markets all over the nation were forced to close business in hopes of better luck in 2021.

This year has flown by and with that, Christmas markets are getting ready to set up shop in Winchester for another year of festive music, Christmas lights, mulled wine, Bratwurst sausages and gin.

Attracting over 400,000 people every year, Winchester Christmas market is one of the most popular markets in Europe, famous for its history and unique location of the cathedral.

Winchester Christmas Market has been running since 2006 and hosts an array of shops from arts and crafts, clothing, charities, homeware and decorations, games and toys, food and drink and jewellery.

This year, the Christmas market will run for 34 days, opening from Friday 19th November and run until Wednesday 22nd December, while health and safety continues to be of a high priority, with restrictions taking place that follow government guidelines.

From Sunday to Wednesday, the market will be open from 10am to 6.30pm. From Thursday to Saturday, the market will be open from 10am to 8pm.

Other Christmas markets taking place in Hampshire include: Alton, Southampton and Petersfield.