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Christmas at Winchester City Mill

Baubles hang from a Christmas tree in front of a diamond-paned leaded-light window at Winchester City Mill, Hampshire
Ready for Christmas at Winchester City Mill, Hampshire | © National Trust Images/Oskar Proctor

Celebrate Christmas at Winchester City Mill, from Saturday 11 November to Sunday 31 December, enter Santa's workshop and see if you can spot the naughty elves hiding throughout the Mill! Pose in the throne wearing Santa's coat and warm up in our café with some festive treats.

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Christmas at Winchester City Mill

An inviting and cosy Christmas, you will be welcomed in with two twinkling trees framing the door. Upon entering you are will be greeted with a 'Santa's Workshop' tree, showing all he gets up to in the North Pole, next to a 'Crafted Christmas' tree full of decoration inspiration of things which can be found and made in nature. The Mill will be bedecked with garlands leading into the café, where delicious festive treats and drinks await you.

Put on the Santa suit and pose on our throne, then see if you can find all 6 naughty elves who are getting up to mischief when he isn't looking!

Festive fuel in the café

The cafe elves have been hard at work baking up a storm in the kitchen! Step out of the cold and get cosy in our cafe, where you can enjoy festive treats and hot drinks.

Hands place pastry stars, lids for mince pies, onto a baking tray at Winchester City Mill, HampshireStar-shaped lids for mince pies, made with flour produced at Winchester City Mill, Hampshire.
Star-shaped lids for mince pies, made with flour produced at Winchester City Mill, Hampshire | © National Trust Images/Oskar Proctor

Browse the second-hand bookshop

From classic volumes and colourful children’s tales to modern fiction and vintage treasures, discover something new (to you) to keep or to give as a Christmas present to friends or family, at Winchester City Mill’s pre-loved bookshop.

A view of Winchester City Mill from the riverside footpath beyond the Soke Bridge over the River Itchen.

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Find out when Winchester City Mill is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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A hands-on milling demonstration at Winchester City Mill, with adults and children getting stuck in

Things to see and do at Winchester City Mill 

Grab a bite to eat in our café, spot otters in the river using the otter-cam or learn about how the Mill has been such an important part of Winchester's history.

Front view of the Winchester City Mill Café with two team members in the background

Eating at Winchester City Mill 

Visit the café in the heart of the mill for delicious baked products and a hot drink while soaking up the atmosphere of the 1,000-year-old watermill.

A decorated Christmas tree with presents on the floor, between two red sofas against a backdrop of richly decorated red and gold wallpaper

Christmas in and around Hampshire 

Discover sparkle and ‘wow’ moments as stories come to life this Christmas at our places in and around Hampshire. Board the ‘Christmas Express’ to the polar bear’s ball at Mottisfont. Sit in a life-size swan sleigh at The Vyne’s Nutcracker experience. At Hinton Ampner you’ll step into Peter Pan’s glittering Neverland Christmas. There are activity-packed family trails too, plus festive foodie treats, and plenty of gifts to browse through in the shops.

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Christmas Day might be over, but there's still plenty to do at the places in our care. We'll be adding details of our Christmas 2024 events later in the year, so please check back closer to the time.