Things to do in Salisbury between Christmas & New Year

Christmas Day may have come and gone for another year, but there’s still lots of festive fun and entertainment to be had across Salisbury. 

Here’s a guide to what you can experience in Salisbury between Christmas and New Year: 

Christmas Tree Trail 

If you haven’t had time to follow Salisbury’s Christmas Tree Trail yet this year, then don’t worry, the beautifully decorated trees will remain up until 3rd January 2022. There are 12 to find on the trail, which winds its way through the city’s historic streets. It’s a perfect way for the family to work off some of the Christmas dinner in a fun way! Find out more and download a trail map here. 

The 2021 Christmas Tree Trail starts at Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral 

Salisbury Cathedral’s giant Christmas tree also remains up for visitors to admire. The 33ft tree takes pride of place at the West End of the Cathedral building. The hanging Nativity scene is there too, along with the new child-friendly, wooden Nativity figures created by Ray Wirick, a chainsaw artist.   

The children will enjoy taking part in the Christmouse Trail, which runs until 2nd January. They’ll need to find ten knitted mice that have been hidden at various locations around the Cathedral floor and shop. There’s a prize for those who find them all. 

Can you find all the mice on the Christmouse Trail?!

Salisbury Cathedral is managing the number of people they welcome at one time for everyone’s safety so we recommend you book your visit in advance (especially if you want to guarantee entry at your time of choice).  More information can be found here.   

Nutcracker Kings Hide and Seek

You have until 31st December 2021 to play Salisbury BID’s Nutcracker King Hide and Seek. 10 of the giant statues have been hidden in businesses across the city centre. If you find one, take a selfie with it and post to social media you go into the draw to win a £50 Salisbury Gift Card. There is only one more draw left, which will take place on New Year’s Eve. Click here to find out all the details of how you could be a winner. 

Snow White - see it before it's gone!

It’s the final week of Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon at Salisbury Playhouse. The festive show - which has received rave reviews - is full of laughter, swinging songs, dazzling dances and happy faces! There are a very limited number of tickets left for both matinee and evening performances before it finishes on 31st December. Book now and laugh your way into 2022. 

Ghost Walks 

Salisbury, with its 800 year history, has a spooky story to tell and you can hear it this week! Discover Salisbury ghosts and other strange happenings as darkness falls upon the medieval streets with special Ghost Walks with the City Guides. All walks start at 6pm from Salisbury Information Centre on Fish Row. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from the Information Centre or online here. 

The Ghost Walks will run on 27th and 28th December, 1st and 3rd January 2022. 

A festive Stonehenge 

English Heritage have made sure to add some festive fun to the Wiltshire prehistoric monument this Christmas. Until 2nd January 2022, you can explore Stonehenge with a family-friendly Christmas adventure quest. Follow the trail to find clues dotted around the site, and discover fun facts and festive folklore along the way. Stonehenge is open every day this week. 

The magic of Christmas continues in Salisbury city centre 

Salisbury city centre is still looking magical, with the twinkling lights in the Market Place and festive selfie hotspots to enjoy. 

Take a walk with the family to enjoy the last few weeks of the festive lights. Head to the Guildhall to see their beautifully decorated entrance, find the giant star at Fisherton Mill and definitely make sure to take some selfie snaps at the Christmas bauble in the Old George Mall, if you haven’t already. Wait till the end of the day and the children will love the fabulous light display. 

As you stroll around our modern medieval city, find time to pick up some bargains and spend your Christmas money in Salisbury’s wonderful shops. Or, take a break in one of our delicious foodie venues. Whether you want a quick break at a café, a family lunch or romantic dinner, you can find it here. By keeping local this New Year you really will make a difference to Salisbury businesses. 

Head to the Shop, Taste and Sleep pages to find out more and #ExperienceSalisbury this Christmas and New Year. 

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