Get ready to be enchanted this Christmas as Salisbury transforms into the "City of Stars". From stunning art installations to festive markets, pantomime performances, and even snowfall, Salisbury promises an unforgettable Christmas experience for all.
Discover the City of Stars
Salisbury will dazzle visitors with a constellation of installations adorning its medieval streets. These captivating and interactive projects (a mix of interactive, community-driven, and light-based pieces) will create a truly magical atmosphere. Explore this celestial wonderland by taking a leisurely stroll through historic streets, following a trail of sculptures and lights, catching an award-winning pantomime at the Salisbury Playhouse, or stargazing from the iconic Salisbury Cathedral spire at twilight. This fusion of tradition and innovation makes Salisbury the ultimate 2023 Christmas destination.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry on the Square
Salisbury's historic Market Place will sparkle once again with the magic of Christmas. Enjoy the "pop-up" Festive Markets on Sundays (26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec & 17 Dec) and browse unique gifts, artisan goods, and festive decor from a wide array of traders. Be sure to visit the beloved Frost bar (managed by the nationally acclaimed Immersive Group) alongside a variety of delectable food vendors, and revel in festive drinks, tasty treats, and holiday cheer while taking in the bustling atmosphere of the Market Square.
Festive Fun Begins
The festive season officially kicks off with Christmas Begins on 17 Nov in Market Place brought to you by Salisbury City Council. Experience an Artisan Market with an array of Christmas gifts, fair rides, food and drink vendors, and other exciting entertainment for the whole family. Keep an eye on Experience Salisbury for even more details of festive fun events in the Guildhall Square as the holiday season progresses.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars and head into town on Christmas Eve for a community carol sing-a-long around the Market Place Christmas Tree with the Salvation Army band!”
Let It Snow in Salisbury
Whatever the weather, it’s going to be a white Christmastime in Salisbury, thanks to Salisbury BID's popular snow machine pop-up. The city streets will be animated with snowfall throughout the festive season. Stay updated on the snowfall schedule through Experience Salisbury.
Visit Santa's Grotto
Santa Claus himself will be making a special appearance in Salisbury. Explore Santa's magical wonderland in the Maltings Green Space. This enchanting family experience includes family photos, a North Pole Postcard experience, a festive story, a selfie with Santa, and a wrapped gift for every child. Learn more and book your tickets at experiencesalisbury.co.uk.
Follow the Starlit Trail
Salisbury's medieval streets will be adorned with ‘stellar’ installations, inviting visitors to embark on a captivating journey of sculpture and light. Pick up a map from the Tourist Information Centre or download one online to explore these beautiful installations. The accessible trail is suitable for all ages, with plenty of opportunities for interactive experiences. Families can also enjoy the "Twelve Elves of Christmas" cheeky elf trail, throughout the city’s business windows, with proceeds benefiting the Stars Appeal.
For more information and a full line-up of events, visit experiencesalisbury.co.uk and make your Christmas in Salisbury truly magical.
Join us as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in Salisbury, the City of Stars.