Salisbury has embraced Christmas, and there are many ways to join the merriment this weekend.
Whether you want to play Hide & Seek with the Nutcracker Kings, say hello to Santa, take the perfect Christmas selfie or pick up unique festive gifts... you can in our modern medieval city.
Here’s what you can experience in Salisbury this weekend, 27th and 28th November.
No matter when you head into Salisbury this festive season there will always be something for you to do, and this weekend is no exception.
The Christmas Tree Trail is up and running. Download a map here and track down all 12 of the beautifully decorated trees that are dotted around the city. Start at Salisbury Cathedral, where this year's tree makes a perfect festive picture!
If it is a photo opportunity you’re looking for, the Old George Mall has just the thing: their Christmas bauble! It is back for another year and people are already queuing up to take some snaps.
The Christmas lights across the whole city are looking beautiful. It’s definitely worth a trip into the city centre as the sun goes down.
Head to the Guildhall Square for even more festive fun. The destination bar, Frost, is there right up until New Year. Enjoy a break from shopping, or make a night of it with friends and family. As part of Christmas on the Square, there are also food huts where you can pick up some delicious snacks and Santa will be there too! He’ll be at Santa’s Little Wonderland on both Saturday and Sunday but tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
If you are planning on doing some shopping this weekend, keep an eye out for the Nutcracker Kings. If you see one it could win you a £50 Salisbury Gift Card. Find all the details here.
Six more artists and artisans will be taking part in the Fisherton Mill Courtyard Christmas Makers Market this weekend. The ‘makers’ include:
The Makers Market will be held under cover of a pergola on Saturday 27th November between 10am-3pm. There is also a late-night shopping evening happening tonight (Friday 26th) 6pm to 8pm for an extra opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts. And, look out for their giant star too!
Sarum Fairs is also offering an opportunity to find unique, artisan gifts to give to your family and friends this festive season. Saturday 27th November sees the first of three craft events taking place at the Guildhall in the run up to Christmas. 10am to 5pm.
The current exhibition at Gallery 21 comes to an end on Saturday 27th November. ‘Wild Beauty’ showcases the work of one of the UK’s most sought-after artists; Kimberley Harris. Kim’s highly desired oil paintings of wildflower meadows are simply breathtaking. Be quick before they go.
Arundells, the former home of the late Sir Edward Heath, has reopened to the public this week and it’s all set for Christmas! The house has been decorated top to toe for visitors to enjoy over the next few weeks. There’s also a range of workshops and festive events to take part in. Find out more on those by clicking here.
Local artists will once again be showcasing their creativity at Art in the Arches which is taking place at Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 27th November. It’s a fantastic way to meet and talk to local artists and a brilliant opportunity to buy art created locally. This week Sian Rolston, a local artist and illustrator will be there alongside Charlotte Rose Art. A free event, from 10am to 3pm.
It’s what many have been waiting for – Salisbury's Sunday Festive Markets! The first of 2021 takes place in the Market Square this Sunday, 28th November. Soak up the festive atmosphere and bag a unique Christmas gift. It's the perfect opportunity to support Salisbury's wonderful local traders, with lots of stalls and festive food to be found. If you can’t get to it this weekend then don’t worry, the Sunday Festive Markets will be back each Sunday until 19th December. Click here for a full list of the stall holders you ‘ll be able to find at this week's event.
Salisbury is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas this year, with a vast range of festive events for all ages.