As Christmas approaches, here are some of the festive events to look forward to in Salisbury.
Salisbury City Council, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire Creative and Salisbury BID have teamed up to bring magic and fun for all ages to the city.
1. Christmas events in the market square
The countdown to Christmas begins on Friday 19 November with events hosted by Salisbury City Council.
Although there is not yet a big light-lighting event this year, Salisbury will always be decorated with beautiful lights.
The lights will be on in time for an evening of festive family fun in the Market Square.
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be reindeer, Christmas carol singers and other Christmas activities and artists.
2. Christmas in the square
Friday November 19 also marks the start of the Christmas on the Square pop-up event outside the Guildhall.
The festivities include a destination bar and food court which will run until January 3, 2022.
And Santa will be taking time out of his schedule to meet the children of Salisbury.
He will stop at Santa’s Little Wonderland on several occasions until Christmas Eve.
Time slots must be reserved in advance. Tickets can be purchased on the Experience Salisbury website.
3. The Nutcrackers
After a two-year hiatus, Salisbury BID will bring back its Nutcrackers.
The giant statues, each 6.5 feet tall, will be hidden in businesses downtown. Find them, take a selfie and you could win a Â£ 100 Salisbury Gift Card.
4. Salisbury Christmas Tree Trail
The Salisbury City Council Christmas Tree Trail will return to the city center from November 19.
Starting at Salisbury Cathedral and ending at the Market Square, the trail will guide you through the medieval streets of Salisbury.
5. Festive theater at the Salisbury Playhouse
Immerse yourself in a 1950s wonderland from December 3 with Wiltshire Creative’s Snow White and Happy Ever After Beauty Salon.
Tickets must be reserved in advance here.
6. Solve a murder she wrote
Face off against JB Fletcher at Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote. The interactive screening of a classic Murder episode, She Wrote will take place on December 3 at the Salisbury Arts Center.
7. Jazz dynamos
On December 10 at the Salisbury Arts Center, join Jazz Dynamos as they take well-known songs and transform them with a mix of jazz, bossa and samba.
8. Barnstormers Comedy
Barnstormers Comedy Night returns on December 17 with a festive twist, bringing the hottest acts from London’s comedy circuit to the Salisbury Arts Center.
9. The hug
The Hug will have children immersed in a story of hope, empathy, and acceptance as the Hedgehog and Turtle seek a restorative hug.
There are only a few spots left, so book now to see the Long Nose Puppets production on December 11 at the Salisbury Arts Center.
10. Festive workshops
Wiltshire Creative also offers festive workshops led by a range of local artists where visitors can try out their own festive decorations, willows and crafts.
All Wiltshire Creative events can be booked at wiltshirecreative.co.uk
11. The snowman
You can watch The Snowman around Salisbury Cathedral on Friday, December 3rd.
Classic Christmas entertainment, performed alongside a live orchestra, has become a party staple for kids and adults alike.
12. Procession from darkness to light
The procession from darkness to light, when Salisbury Cathedral celebrates the start of Advent, will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday 28
The service begins in total darkness and ends with the old building on fire with over a thousand flickering candles.
13.Christmas tree in the cathedral
On December 8, the gigantic Christmas tree will be hoisted in the West End of the cathedral.
Rising to around 32 feet, the enormous Norway Spruce comes from the sustainable Longleat Forest, so as the Cathedral Tree rises, another will be planted in its place.
Outside, enjoy a fairytale-light walk through the Cathedral Closure and look for the cathedral’s contribution to the Christmas Tree Trail.
14. Handel’s Messiah
On Saturday December 11, Handel’s Messiah will be sung by the full cathedral choir accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia.
The soloists will be soprano Soraya Mafi, viola Robin Blaze, tenor Sam Furness and bass James Platt. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and a pre-concert dinner is available at the Refectory restaurant.
As if all that weren’t enough, there will be Carols by Candlelight at 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 22 and Thursday December 23 and a family service will take place on Christmas Eve at 3:30 p.m.
Salisbury has an active community of independent stores and, as part of efforts to encourage current shoppers to shop locally, there will be a Best Dressed Christmas Window Contest hosted in partnership by Salisbury BID and the Salisbury Journal.
16. Festive Sunday markets
The market square will be filled with festive stalls and food every Sunday starting November 28.
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