WINCHESTER Cathedral has revealed when the Christmas market will be returning this year.

Amid a continued heatwave, organisers are looking ahead to chillier times and have revealed the exciting update.

Recognised as one of the best in Europe, the market will be open for business on Friday, November 18 and will run all the way until Thursday, December 22.

The dates were previously provisionally set, but they have since been cemented by planners.

However, as previously revealed, the market will be returning without the popular ice rink.

Last year, the cathedral replaced the ice rink with a performance stage for buskers and local groups.

That will be coming back along with the lantern parade which will form part of the market's opening ceremony.

As in previous years, exhibitors have been selected to trade at Winchester's Christmas Market. Applications to trade at this year’s market closed on April 10.

Oly Hillier-Rundle, owner of Wolf Academy, was one of the traders at the 2021 event. He said: “We had the most incredible time trading at Winchester Cathedral's Christmas Market. The twinkling lights, Christmas carols and beautiful Cathedral - what a way to enjoy the lead up to Christmas!

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"We met so many lovely customers who were really pleased to be shopping small and supporting independent businesses, and we really enjoyed shopping from the other chalets ourselves when we got the chance. There was a real sense of community amongst all of the traders and staff, which created such an upbeat and friendly atmosphere - it was a joy to be a part of.”

Around 118 German-inspired chalets will line the ancient cathedral walls, with pop-ups selling a range of seasonal gifts, food and drink. The proposed site will be similar to last year, which saw the introduction of a larger food court and a community stage that hosted a variety of free performances throughout.

Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. The city's festive celebrations attract thousands of people each year from far and wide.

The market was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Winchester Cathedral has said it will be releasing more information "soon".

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