A PACKED program of festive events is on the schedule for Salisbury and the surrounding area this Christmas.
Here are a few that will take place.
1. Christmas in the square
The Christmas on the Square pop-up event, which includes a destination bar and food court, will run until January 3, 2022.
And Santa will be taking time out of his schedule to meet the children of Salisbury.
He will stop at Santa’s Little Wonderland on several occasions until Christmas Eve.
Time slots must be reserved in advance. Tickets can be purchased through the Salisbury Experience website.
Photo by Ash Mills
2. The Nutcrackers
After a two-year hiatus, Salisbury BID has brought back its Nutcracker Kings for Christmas.
The giant statues, each 6.5 feet tall, will be hidden in businesses downtown. Find them, take a selfie and you could win a Â£ 100 Salisbury Gift Card.
They will be located in downtown businesses 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
The Salisbury City Council Christmas Tree Trail will return to the city center from November 19.
Starting at Salisbury Cathedral and ending at the Market Square, the trail will guide you through the medieval streets of Salisbury.
4. The Christmas grammar fair
The Grammar Christmas Fair, jointly organized 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 buyers to support small independent local businesses offering arts and crafts, food and drink and festive gifts and to 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 student performances.
The fair is held at Bishop Wordsworth School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free entry. Visit: bwspa.org.uk/grammarchristmasfair
5. Festive Sunday markets
Salisbury Market Square will be filled with festive stalls and food every Sunday from November 28.
6. Salisbury art scene
Salisbury Art Scene is having a festive event in the Market Square on Thursday 2nd December from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7. St Thomas Christmas Tree Festival
The Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas’ Church in Salisbury opens from Tuesday 30 November and continues through Sunday 5 December.
The church will be filled with decorated trees and nativity scenes.
Local choirs, ensembles and individual musicians will present a seasonal music and entertainment program during the event.
Visitors can also enjoy seasonal treats at the festival cafÃ©.
There will be the opportunity to participate 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 the Wessex Stoma Support Group.
8. Lighting Wilton’s Christmas Lights
The Wilton Christmas Tree event takes place on Friday, December 3 and takes place in the Market Square, starting at 4 p.m.
The square will be open for visitors to browse the stalls and enjoy many Christmas street food and drinks, mulled wine, coffee and cocktails, teas and tarts, a bar and Kester the Jester will do balloon shows and juggling.
A new addition to the festivities is a large marquee for entertainment.
There is no craft fair this year but more emphasis on food and drink.
The music begins at 5 p.m. with live music from Laura Twomey-Hunt, the Salisbury Pluckers Ukulele Band and the Wilton Wailers Community Choir. Santa Claus will be there on his sleigh. The square will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The main lighting of the Christmas tree is at 6.30 p.m.
After that, the Wilton Christian Fellowship will present an outdoor Nativity and community songs which will be performed by children from Wilton and the song 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 around Salisbury Cathedral on Friday, December 3rd.
Classic Christmas entertainment, performed alongside a live orchestra, has become a party staple for kids and adults alike.
10. Festive theater at the Salisbury Playhouse
Immerse yourself in a 1950s wonderland from December 3 with Wiltshire Creative’s Snow White and Happy Ever After Beauty Salon.
Tickets must be booked in advance here.
11. Solve a murder she wrote
Face off against JB Fletcher at Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote. The interactive screening of a classic Murder episode, She Wrote will take place on December 3 at the Salisbury Arts Center.
12. Amesbury Tree of Light Service
The event at Central Car Park returns on Sunday, December 5th. Come have fun singing Christmas carols and seeing the lights on while sharing a thought for your loved ones.
There will also be a Christmas party, starting at 1 p.m. in the central parking lot with stalls, crafts, rides and live music during the afternoon.
The fayre will then end at 4:30 p.m., ready for the start of the Tree of Light service at 5:00 p.m.
13. Jazz dynamos
On December 10 at the Salisbury Arts Center, 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.
This is also the first official fundraiser for Salisbury Live 2022. Line-up includes Lady Winwoods Maggot, Sarums Lot, Double J and the RnR Swindle, Pugwall, Second Knife, pictured, and Jack Card.
Doors open from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost Â£ 5. Visit: fatsoma.com.
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.
The soloists will be soprano Soraya Mafi, viola Robin Blaze, tenor Sam Furness and bass James Platt. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and a pre-concert dinner is available at the Refectory restaurant.
As if all that weren’t enough, there will be Carols by Candlelight at 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 22 and Thursday December 23 and a family service will take place on Christmas Eve at 3:30 p.m.
16. Candlelight songs
On December 11 at 4 p.m. Christingle’s children’s service is held at St Thomas’ Church in Salisbury.
17. Celebrate the Christmas Voice Gala
After its most successful festival to date, Celebrate Voice is back for a magical Christmas show at Salisbury’s Guildhall on Friday 17th December at 7.30pm.
Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas Gala. The public is invited to put on their finery and walk the red carpet before an evening of opera, show songs, cabaret and festive music.
Starring the festival’s favorite soloists, joining director Lynsey Docherty, popular baritone and co-host Philip Smith of the now iconic “Lockdown Shows”, as well as tenor Robin Bailey (this year’s traviata and Trial by Jury productions) and mezzo Hannah Pedley (I Lived for Art). The musical director is David Gostick.
Tickets can be purchased online. Visit: celebrervoice.co.uk
18. The hug
The Hug will have children immersed in a story of hope, empathy, and acceptance as the Hedgehog and Turtle seek a restorative hug.
There are only a few spots left, so book now to see the Long Nose Puppets production on December 11 at the Salisbury Arts Center.
19. Barnstormers Comedy
Barnstormers Comedy Night returns on December 17 with a festive twist, bringing together the most prominent artists of London’s comedy circuit at the Salisbury Arts Center.
20. Songs for busy people
St Thomas’ Church in Salisbury is holding its Carols service for busy people on December 21 and 22, starting at 1:10 p.m.
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