An extra Christmas sparkle has been added to Salisbury City Centre today (21st November) as Salisbury City Council launches their Christmas Tree Trail and switches on the Christmas Lights.

Christmas Tree Trail

12 large, beautifully decorated trees have been put up around the city centre. They combine to make a Christmas Tree Trail that will run from today until Monday 4th January 2021. 

It is hoped that residents and visitors will enjoy their exercise during lockdown or, once the stricter restrictions have ended, a festive day out in Salisbury to discover the themed trees dotted around the city centre. Starting at Salisbury Cathedral and finishing at the Market Place, the magical trail for all the family guides you through the medieval streets of Salisbury.  

You can also search for a hidden letter in each tree and uncover the festive character for a chance to win a prize. If you do take part in the competition, all correct entries will be entered into a sponsored prize draw and the winner will receive a £50 Salisbury gift card. Once you have the answer fill out the form in the Tree Trail map below and send to or pop your form in the red letter box on the front of the Guildhall.

If you would like to take part in the full trail you can download a Tree Trail Map here.

Salisbury City Council has issued a thank you to all the local sponsors below who have helped support the Christmas Tree Trail this year: 

All the Sevens Taxis

Chris White Funeral Directors

Casterbridge Wealth Ltd

Salisbury Reds

Chafyn Grove School 

Salisbury Cathedral


NFU Mutual Wessex

Trethowans Solicitors 

Wilsons Solicitors

Salisbury Gift Card

Stage Coach Salisbury

Following the government’s announcement about a new lockdown on Saturday 31st October, the City Council encourages the public to socially distance at all times when taking part in the trail. If there are many people at one tree, please move on to the next one and return later.  

Salisbury Christmas Lights

Over the years Salisbury’s Christmas Light Switch On has become a much-loved event, with thousands packing the Market Place to see the festive decorations turned on, however, due to Covid-19 and the current social distancing rules, there will be no big switch on this year.  

It doesn’t mean that we won’t get our illuminations though, as Salisbury City Council has now switched them on!

Salisbury has been beautifully dressed in twinkly lights for all to admire when visiting the city centre over the festive period.  

The illuminations are spread across the city, with the stunning lights wrapping the trees once again in the Market Place. 

Visit the Salisbury City Council website for up to date information on all their festive offerings this Christmas.