Are we allowed to start getting really excited about Christmas yet? Of course we are! Nothing beats the pre-Christmas anticipation of getting wrapped up and visiting a bustling Christmas market, it’s one of the highlights of the season. This year we asked our store staff for local knowledge to make a festive market visit even more enjoyable. When you’ve had your fill of mulled wine and stollen don’t forget to pop in and say hello.
Visitors to the wooden chalet style stalls at the International Street Market can expect a range of traditional and contemporary crafts and gifts, hot street food from around the world, clothing, jewellery and Christmas decorations. Now in its 16th year, the market, that’s situated on Cheltenham Promenade, is believed to be one of the best in the UK.
Fiona Fullerton (former Bond Girl) resides in Cheltenham.
At this time of year come and meet Father Christmas in Regent Arcade, which is close to Joules.
Hufkins (of the Cotswolds) is on the Promenade next to the Christmas Market (their afternoon tea is a must!) and everything there is freshly made or baked too.
131 is also located on the Promenade, with its luxurious Regency décor and first class eatery and bar (a real treat).
Waterstones on the Promenade, which overlooks the Christmas market.
Running since 2006 this Christmas market is believed to be one of the best in Europe. Set in the Winchester Cathedral’s historic close you can expect to find unique Christmas decorations, gifts and festive foods all for sale from Alpine-style chalets.
Colin Firth was born and grew up here. He hasn’t popped into our store however…
The ice rink is huge at the Christmas market, perfect to get you into the festive spirit. You can even use a little penguin to help you round, especially good for the little ones that want to give it a go.
A great place for a drink and a snack is the churros stand just outside the main cathedral entrance. There’s also a mulled wine stand right beside it, a great treat for parents and adults.
The Winchester Royal Hotel is only a 7 minute walk from the Cathedral and is great if you’d like to experience the market and the history of the city. The building itself was built in the 16th century. The afternoon tea there is a real experience.
The Winchester Book Shop is a hidden gem. Located down a small alley between two shops on St Georges Street, it’s home to thousands of books. Perfect for a new read and to experience the charm of a quaint, traditional store.
Which Christmas market will you be visiting this year? Feeling festive? Why not add a touch of sparkle to Christmas by making your very own wreath.