Tradition is set to continue in Salisbury this Christmas with a festive offering bringing Cinderella, carol singers, reindeer and festive cheer to the city.
Salisbury BID, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury City Council and Wiltshire Creative have come together to make sure the festive period is full of magic and merriment for all ages. Here, Experience Salisbury offers some of the highlights:
Christmas begins at the Market Place
The countdown officially begins on Friday, 18th November with celebrations organised by Salisbury City Council. This festive treat marks the first day of the twinkling Christmas lights as well as the opening of Christmas on the Square and the Salisbury Christmas Trail.
The evening of family-friendly fun in the Market Place runs from 4-8pm and will feature reindeer, The Grinch, carol singers, fair rides and other fantastic activities. The Deloreons, will be on hand to provide the soundtrack with some festive singalongs.
Christmas on the Square
The same day marks the opening of Christmas on the Square in front of the Guildhall. Festivities will include a destination bar with cosy fire pits, a food area serving up festive treats and the magical Santa’s Grotto.
Step behind the scenes of Santa’s magical workshop and enjoy a Christmas story, a Santa selfie, a festive postcard and a wrapped gift. Pre-book Santa’s Grotto on the Experience Salisbury website for just £5.
From 18th November until 2nd January the city’s medieval streets will be festooned with magical decorations and Christmas characters.
Pick up a copy of the trail map on the Experience Salisbury website or the Information Centre and see what surprises you discover with your family and friends this Christmas.
Panto at the Playhouse
Pantomime is back in Salisbury with a spectacular production of the greatest panto story of all, Cinderella. Tradition returns on Saturday, 26th November with a show packed with singalongs, adventure and laughs. This rags to riches tale will be a festive treat for all the family. Tickets are on sale now from the Wiltshire Creative website.
Christmas at Salisbury Arts Centre
Whether you are looking for theatre, music, comedy or workshops you can find it all at the Arts Centre this Christmas.
On Tuesday, 6th December, make your own angel or Christmas tree tea light holder to decorate your home ready for Christmas. Laugh your way to the big day on Friday, 16th December as Barnstormers Comedy returns with three top acts from the London Comedy Circuit – this time with a festive twist.
Between Thursday, 8th and Saturday, 10th December enjoy a classic Christmas treat as Dickens’ festive fable; A Christmas Carol, comes to life.
Dance the night away as the clock ticks down to midnight on New Year’s Eve as popular Salisbury band The Deloreons provide the ultimate celebratory soundtrack.
Star-studded window displays
Thanks to Salisbury BID, the stars of the BBC’s ‘Interior Design Masters’ return to Salisbury to give three businesses a festive makeover. Join us from the November 18 to see the unveiling of festive window displays created by Fran Lee, Amy Davies and Dean Powell.
Eat, drink, shop
Salisbury is a city of independents with a tradition of hospitality and Christmas is the perfect time to explore what they have to offer. Browse big brands or beautiful boutiques for that special gift this Christmas.
Book your cosy Christmas dinner in a medieval pub, festive drinks in a classy cocktail bar or a New Year’s Eve night out. Kick-start your festivities with a visit to the Experience Salisbury website.
Festive Sunday Markets
It’s not just the city’s shops offering unique Christmas gifts this year. There will also be the chance to shop for that perfect present at the Festive Markets happening every Sunday from November 27 until December 18 in Salisbury Market Place.
Let it snow!
Whatever the forecast it is going to be a white Christmas in Salisbury. Courtesy of Salisbury BID, it will be snowing across the city. Keep an eye on the Experience Salisbury website for weather updates on where and when it will snow next.
Find all the inspiration you will need this festive season at www.experiencesalisbury.co.uk