Local charities and businesses will miss out this year with the cancellation of Winchester’s Christmas Market.
With socially distanced chalets and no ice rink, the popular market which was due to begin on November 19th but it has now been completely cancelled due to the recent increase in Covid-19 infection rates.
Winchester Cathedral, which organises the market, said: “It is with great sadness we announce that the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market will not be taking place this year as health and safety continues to be our highest priority, we have concluded it is no longer possible to proceed with the Christmas Market due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, growing uncertainty and tightening of government restrictions.
“We know this will be deeply disappointing for many, and not least, those who visit each year to enjoy the festivities as part of their Christmas tradition with friends and family.”
“This is going to be a significantly challenging time for the 30 charities, 120 small independent retailers, local businesses and suppliers across the region that the market supports, as well as for Winchester Cathedral.”
This 13 year old tradition has been recognised as one of the best in Europe and in 2019, the number one in the UK, attracting over 350,000 visitors each year due to its unique location and high quality and unique exhibitors coming from across Europe.
Christmas in Winchester will not be the same this year and the Christmas Market will be heavily missed by the city’s residents and visitors from across the globe.