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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.