A PACKED programme of festive events are on the calendar for Salisbury and the surrounding areas this Christmas.

Here are just a few that will be taking place.

1. Christmas on the Square

The pop-up Christmas on the Square event,which includes a destination bar and food area will run until January 3, 2022.

And Santa will be taking time out of his schedule to meet the children of Salisbury.

He will be stopping off at Santa’s Little Wonderland at various times up until Christmas Eve.

Time slots must be booked in advance. Tickets can be bought through the Experience Salisbury website.

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2. The Nutcrackers

After a two-year hiatus, Salisbury BID has brought back its Nutcracker Kings for Christmas.

The giant statues, each 6.5ft tall, will be hidden in businesses across the city centre. Find them, take a selfie, and you could win a £100 Salisbury Gift Card.

They will be located in businesses across the city centre until December 31.

The location of the Nutcrackers will change every two weeks. There will be a draw at the end of each two week period.

3. Salisbury Christmas Tree Trail

Salisbury City Council’s Christmas Tree Trail will return to the city centre from November 19.

Starting at Salisbury Cathedral and finishing at the Market Place, the trail will guide you through the medieval streets of Salisbury.

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4. The Grammar Christmas Fair

The Grammar Christmas Fair, jointly hosted by the Parents’ Associations of South Wilts Grammar School and Bishop Wordsworth’s School, takes place on Saturday November 20.

The fair will be an opportunity for shoppers to support small, independent local businesses offering arts and crafts, food and drink and festive gifts and help the two schools raise much needed funds.

Enjoy a cup of tea or mulled wine with homemade cakes and gingerbread, while listening to live entertainment from the School Choirs and individual performances from pupils.

The fair is being held at Bishop Wordsworth’s School from 10am to 2pm. Entry is free. Visit: bwspa.org.uk/grammarchristmasfair

5. Festive Sunday Markets

The Market Place in Salisbury will be filled with festive stalls and food each Sunday from November 28.

6. Salisbury Art Scene 

Salisbury Art Scene is holding a festive event in the market square on Thursday December 2, from 10am to 4pm. 

7. St Thomas's Christmas Tree Festival

The Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas's Church in Salisbury opens from Tuesday November 30 and runs until Sunday December 5.

The church will be filled with decorated trees and nativity scenes.

Local choirs, ensembles and individual musicians will perform a programme of seasonal music and entertainment during the event.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy some seasonal treats at the festival cafe.

There will be an opportunity to take part in Christmas workshops to learn how to make festive wreaths and table decorations.

This year, the Christmas tree festival is raising funds for The Children’s Society and Wessex Stoma Support Group.

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8. Wilton Christmas Lights switch-on

The Wilton Christmas Tree event is on Friday December 3 and takes place in Market Square, staring from 4pm.

The Square will be open for visitors to browse the stalls, and enjoy lots of Christmas street food and drinks, mulled wine, coffee and cocktails, teas and mince pies, a bar and Kester the Jester will be doing balloons and juggling shows.

A new addition to the festivities is a large marquee for entertainments.

There is no craft fair this year but more emphasis on food and drink.  

The music begins at 5pm with live music from Laura Twomey-Hunt, the Salisbury Pluckers Ukulele Band, and the Wilton Wailers community choir.  Father Christmas will be there on his sleigh. The Square will be closed to traffic from 11am to 9pm.

The main Christmas tree switch-on is at 6.30pm.

After this Wilton Christian Fellowship will present an outdoor Nativity and Community Carols which will be performed by Wilton children and the carol singing will be accompanied by the Wilton Royal British Legion Band. Sarum Morris will then perform their Winter Dances and Mummers Play.

9. The Snowman at Salisbury Cathedral

You can watch The Snowman in the surroundings of Salisbury Cathedral on Friday December 3.

The classic Christmas animation, played alongside a live orchestra, has become a firm festive favourite for both children and adults.

10. Festive theatre at Salisbury Playhouse

Delve into a 1950s wonderland from December 3 with Wiltshire Creative's Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon.

Tickets should be booked in advance here.

11. Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote

Pit your wits against JB Fletcher at Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote. The interactive screening of a classic episode of Murder, She Wrote will take place on December 3 at Salisbury Arts Centre.

12. Amesbury Tree of Light Service

The event in Central Car Park is back on Sunday December 5. Come and join in the fun of singing Christmas carols, and seeing the lights switched on while sharing a thought for loved ones.

There will also be a Christmas Fayre, starting at 1pm in the Central Car Park with stalls, crafts, rides and live music during the afternoon.

The fayre will then wind down at 4.30pm, ready for the Tree of Light Service to start at 5pm.

13. Jazz Dynamos

On December 10 at Salisbury Arts Centre, join Jazz Dynamos as they take well-known songs and transform them with a mix of jazz, bossa, and samba.

14. Salisbury Live at Christmas

The Salisbury Live ‘Big Christmas Hoolie’ is at Brown Street on December 11.

It is also the first official fundraiser for Salisbury Live 2022. The line-up is Lady Winwoods Maggot, Sarums Lot, Double J and the RnR Swindle, Pugwall, Second Knife, pictured, and Jack Card.

Doors open 4pm to 10.30pm.Tickets are £5. Visit: fatsoma.com.

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15. 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.

Soloists will be soprano Soraya Mafi, alto Robin Blaze, tenor Sam Furness and bass James Platt. The concert starts at 7pm and a pre-concert dinner is available in the Refectory Restaurant.

As if all that wasn’t enough, there will be Carols by Candlelight at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd December and a Family Service will be held on Christmas Eve at 3.30pm.

Visit: salisburycathedral.org.uk

16. Carols by Candlelight

On December 11, at 4pm, is the Children’s Christingle Service is being held at St Thomas's Church, Salisbury.

Visit: stthomassalisbury.co.uk

17. Celebrate Voice Christmas Gala

Following its most successful festival to date, Celebrate Voice is back for a magical Christmas show celebration at Salisbury’s Guildhall on Friday December 17 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas Gala. The audience are invited to don their finery and walk the red carpet ahead of an evening of opera, show songs, cabaret and festive music.

Featuring festival favourite soloists, joining director Lynsey Docherty is the hugely popular baritone and co-host Philip Smith from the now iconic ‘Lockdown Shows’, along with tenor Robin Bailey (this year’s Traviata and Trial by Jury productions) and mezzo Hannah Pedley (I Lived for Art). The music director is David Gostick.

Tickets can be purchased online. Visit: celebratevoice.co.uk

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18. The Hug

The Hug will have children engrossed in a tale of hope, empathy and acceptance as Hedgehog and Tortoise search of a restorative hug.

There are only a few seats left, so book now to see the production from Long Nose Puppets on December 11 at Salisbury Arts Centre.

19. Barnstormers Comedy

Barnstormers Comedy night returns on December 17 with a festive twist, bringing the hottest acts from the London comedy circuit to Salisbury Arts Centre.

20. Carols for Busy People

St Thomas's Church in Salisbury is holding its Carols for busy people service on December 21 and 22, from 1.10pm.

 

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