Elusive Christmas market slammed by bungling couple who never found it

A Christmas market has been blasted – by a bungling couple who thought it was the high street.

Ah December, the month where cute and historic market towns and cities are transformed into urban wonderlands of dazzling lights, mulled wine and random tat that your auntie will be re-gifting at the first opportunity.

One such destination high on Brits' lists of getting fully into the festive swing of things is Winchester, Hampshire, under the shadow of its cathedral – the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. Yet, according to Eastbourne natives Frank and Julie Woods who made the trip especially for the alpine-like stalls, it was nowhere to be seen.

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They told the Southern Daily Echo: “We were excited to visit your town on a coach trip last week to enjoy the Christmas Market in particular,” they wrote. “However, unfortunately – and very disappointingly – over half of the people on our coach failed to see it.”

Instead poor Frank and Julie were left to wander the Roman cobbled streets with only the likes of a decorated McDonald's to provide that Christmassy warmth.

They say they were dropped off in town and directed up to the market but were disappointed to discover many of them had been at a similar market in Chichester they had already visited. Heads low they returned to their bus, only to find that other members of the coach trip had successfully managed to find the real Christmas market, and instead, the author and others had been walking around a regular high street market.

Over near the city’s famous Cathedral grounds, home to the world’s longest still-in-tact medieval cathedral, the real Christmas market had been in full flow. “Needless to say, all those of us who had not seen it were very disappointed and not a little annoyed that our trip had been a complete waste of time and money.

“If only there had been some signage somewhere directing people to the elusive Christmas Market, we could have enjoyed our memorable visit for the right reasons rather than for the disappointment, as well as supplying considerably more footfall – and thereby income – to the Christmas Market traders.”

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