Escape the festive crowds for some yuletide merriment

Let the magic of Christmas enchant you this year in the beautiful, historic Great Hall in Winchester. It's the perfect setting for an authentic festive experience

Oct 1 2019

Meet Father Christmas

Father Christmas loves magical places and he’ll be making a return visit to the Great Hall this year on Saturday 21, Sunday 22 and Monday 23 December to greet children and hear their Christmas wishes. Find out how to plan your visit and book tickets below.

We have themed craft activities suitable for all ages too. Our pop-up cafe will be serving mulled wine and a selection of festive treats - perfect for keeping warm on cold days.

Hampshire County Council maintains The Great Hall and Sally Port, which are the only surviving parts of Winchester Castle. You can find both at the top of the High Street, to the left of The Westgate.

The Great Hall is one of the finest medieval aisled halls of the 13th century to have survived today. Its many features include stained-glass windows, a judges’ gallery and wrought steel gates. The gates are from 1983 and commemorate the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

It is also home to the legendary Arthurian Round Table, which has hung there since 1348. This iconic table dates back to the 13th or early 14th century and was probably constructed within the Hall. Around the edge of the table are the names of 24 of the Knights of the Round Table, with an image of King Arthur at the top. From historians to poets, its mystique has captivated people’s imaginations for centuries.

The Great Hall is a truly magical place to bring the family to meet Father Christmas. And we can’t wait to welcome you.

Visit our website for times and tickets for this exclusive festive event and to book online.