HAMPSHIRE Cultural Trust has announced a special programme of Christmas events across Winchester this year.

Attendees can get into the festive mood by visiting Christmas markets, craft workshops or learning more about past Christmases.

878AD, in the Brooks Centre, will be holding a coin minting workshop from Saturday, December 2. Attendees will learn how the Anglo-Saxons made their currency and then take home a coin which will have been stamped in front of their eyes.

Meanwhile, the Westgate Museum will be hosting Father Christmas’s Grotto on December 9 and December 10, and then on December 16 and December 17.

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Visitors will be able to see if they made it onto the good list this year and receive a present from the man himself. They can then head to City Museum to enjoy a craft trail.

Tickets to visit the grotto cost £15 per child, with accompanying adults entering for £4.

Winchester Arc will be hosting a range of different crafting workshops over the festive period.

This will start with making a pom-pom Santa on December 18 and December 20. The workshop will be at 10am to 11am and 2pm to 3pm both days and will cost £8 per child.

On December 19 and December 21, a DIY reindeer antlers workshop will take place. Children will be guided through a one-hour workshop as they design and assemble their own pair of antlers, selecting their favourite fabrics and adding sparkles and embellishments. This workshop costs £6 per child.

On December 20 and December 22, sweet-toothed artists and architects will be welcomed to the Arc to design their own lolly stick gingerbread house decoration. Tickets cost £8 per child. This will be followed on December 21 and December 22 by a DIY snowman bowling craft and games workshop, where children will be able to make their own festive bowling game. This workshop costs £8 per child.

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Adults will be able to enjoy the return of the Arc After Dark events, with a chocolate craft evening. Expert chocolatiers from Chocolate Craft, whose clients include Fortnum & Mason, will teach attendees fine piping techniques and more as they make their own sweet treats. Tickets cost £48 or £55 for a couple’s ticket.

Winchester City Museum will be hosting a magic show and workshop hosted by Tony Charles on December 28. Visitors will be able to see a fun performance of magic, followed by a workshop where they can learn some tricks of their own.

For more information about the Christmas events held by the Hampshire Cultural Trust this year, visit the trust’s website.