With under 4 weeks to go until Christmas there are lots of things to do in Salisbury to get you feeling festive!  

Salisbury Christmas Tree Trail 

Running until January 4th 

Take a stroll around Salisbury to hunt down the 12 large, beautifully decorated Christmas trees. They are situated across the city centre, creating a magical trail for the whole family to enjoy safely. Starting at Salisbury Cathedral and finishing at the Market Place, the trail will guide you through the medieval streets of Salisbury. Click here to find out more, and learn how you could also win a £50 Salisbury Gift Card by taking part. 

 

Salisbury Christmas Lights 

Take a walk around the city centre once the sun goes down to see the Christmas lights at their best. The Market Place looks sparkling with the trees draped in twinkling lights and head to the Old George Mall to see the massive Christmas bauble and Nutcracker characters. The kids will love it. 

 

St Thomas’ Christmas Tree Festival 

1st December to 15th December 

The Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas’ church has become something of a tradition in Salisbury. This year however it’s a slightly different event. Due to the coroavirus pandemic the festival has gone online. Experience this year’s decorated Christmas Trees and Nativity scenes from the comfort of your own home. There is also the opportunity to enjoy audio recordings from the musicians who would otherwise have played live during the festival. 

 

Fisherton Mill Christmas Makers Markets 

Saturdays 5th, 12th and 19th December and 17th, 18th, 21st December 10am-5pm  

The Maker’s Market will feature over 30 small craft business for six December shopping days. Each day a small but carefully curated outdoor market will feature seven vendors under a covered decorated pergola in the courtyard of the iconic Victorian grain mill. Among the diverse range of participants will be Silky Saluki Designs by local artist Amelia Burgess, Fiona Ingram, a jewellery designer with a passion for metal clay and bold and beautiful hair accessories by Winged Hare. 

 

Sunday Festive Markets 

6th, 13th and 20th December, 10am to 4pm 

Enjoy a unique Christmas shopping experience this December as the Market Place and Guildhall Square host three festive Sunday markets. Local traders will offer an enticing and varied range of goods and produce. Choose from craft and gift items; perfect for a unique Christmas gift or a fabulous addition to your home. There will also be delicious festive food to take away. The Sunday Festive Markets will be Covid secure. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when visiting. 

 

Little Robin Redbreast 

7th to 27th December, The Salisbury Playhouse 

From the writers of The Night Before Christmas and The Tailor of Gloucester, Little Robin Redbreast is a musical show full of magic, laughter, song, dance and surprise for children and their grownups. The show returns to a covid-secure Playhouse. Huge amounts of work have gone into social distancing arrangements and re-configuring the auditorium to make sure they adhere to new social distancing rules. It might just be the perfect place to shake off those lockdown blues and boost the festive feelings. Book tickets through the Wiltshire Creative website.

 

Festive Fridays at The Salisbury Arts Centre 

11th and 18th December 

For each Festive Friday the bar at Salisbury Arts Centre will be open from 6pm to 10pm, with live entertainment from 7.30pm.  

11th December with be an open-mic night and 18th there will be live music from The Duskers, an Alternative Country/Roots/Americana band from Salisbury. 

Tables must be booked in advance (for free) with a maximum of 6 people per table. Anyone booking must also order food at the table, to meet new Tier 2 restrictions. Face coverings will need to be worn when not sat at a table. 

 

Art In The Arches at The Salisbury Arts Centre 

Saturdays 12th and 19th December 10am to 4pm 

This is a new shopping opportunity where local artists will display and sell their work - just in time for picking up some unique Christmas gifts! A range of different artists will display and sell their work including Sally Newton, Ann Miller and Tamsin Loveday. 

 

A Christmas Carol 

15th to 19th December 

Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson (above) returns by popular demand following 3 sellout Christmas seasons at Salisbury Playhouse. Guy Masterson, veteran of smash hit solo shows including Under Milk Wood and Animal Farm, recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim and more in this enchanting visceral performance that is guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit - in more ways than one! Book tickets through the Wiltshire Creative website.

 

Salisbury Cathedral Christmas Services 

22nd , 23rd  24th and 25th December 

Services at Salisbury Cathedral will be very different this year. Capacity will be greatly reduced due to Covid-19 restrictions but the main Christmas services will be livestreamed. 

Advance booking for services is essential - online bookings will open at 09:00 on Tuesday 8th December but there will be a telephone helpline for those unable to book online. Worshippers are respectfully asked not to book more than one service over the Christmas period, to allow others the opportunity to attend a service.  

The family service taking place on Christmas Eve will however be livestreamed ONLY. It will be filmed around the Christmas Tree and featuring a live donkey! 

All the information, with more booking details and timings, can be found here