Get ready to be charmed by Chichester as you wander around its streets and lanes of Georgian buildings that fan out from the lovely medieval cathedral.

With over 2,000 years of history packed within its almost intact Roman Walls, there is so much to explore.

Visit the extensive range of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses in the city centre, which has four main streets leading north, south, east and west from the late-medieval market cross. Whether you are on the hunt for a unique gift, or want to meet friends for a Christmas get together, there is so much on offer.

The city offers something for everyone, from world class art and heritage; family activities and Father Christmas at The Novium Museum; winter walks through its beautiful parks; to visiting the internationally renowned Chichester Festival Theatre.

Dates for your diaries

EventDateEvent descriptionMore information
Christmas Light Switch On eventSaturday 27 November

The magical Christmas light displays will be back once more with activities led by The Rotary Clubs of Chichester.

  • 12-4pm - Free lantern making workshop on the Cathedral Green with CCDT
  • 4.45pm - Oakwood School Choir at The Cross
  • 4.45pm - The Chichester Festival of Light Lantern Parade will meet outside Café Nero in East Street
  • 5.30pm - Light Switch on and carols with Chichester City Band.
Chichester BID - Christmas 2021
Chichester late night shopping2, 9, 16 and 23 December

The evenings will channel Chichester's wonderful Christmas spirit with lots of shops and businesses staying open late, fun street entertainment, live music including local school choir performances as well as some festive foodie treats and drinks. On 23rd December we will also be welcoming a very special guest as Father Christmas will be joining us at The Cross! Come and join in the festivities and do your Christmas shopping in style this year!

  Chichester BID - Christmas 2021
Chichester Farmers' MarketFriday 3 and Friday 17 DecemberStock up on all your festive food from local producers at our popular farmers' markets. Some stalls will event be taking pre-Christmas orders - please ask individual stallholders for more information. Farmers' Market
Chichester Starlight TrailThursday 9 DecemberCollect your Starlight Trail and follow your designated route to visit The Novium Museum, Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester Library to create a star lantern and take part in festive crafts and activities, collecting stamps along the way. Those who collect 3 stamps or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a £40 Chichester gift card.  The Novium Museum - Starlight Trail

Visit our events calendar for more events.

Attractions to visit

The city has so much to offer, from the world class Chichester Festival Theatre  and Pallant House Gallery , through to family activities and local history at The Novium Museum .

You can find out more at  The Great Sussex Way - Chichester .

Parking offers

Please view our Christmas car parking offers.

See how local businesses are getting involved

Emma Matthews, Cafe Paradiso Emma Matthews, Cafe Paradiso
Linda Foskett, The Little Art Gallery Linda Foskett, The Little Art Gallery
Dave Hockridge, Present Surprise Dave Hockridge, Present Surprise
Ally Andrews, Stephen Lawrence Menswear Ally Andrews, Stephen Lawrence Menswear
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Cafe Paradiso

Emma Matthews is the manager of vegetarian eatery Cafe Paradiso in North Street. The cafe is supporting the campaign and will be giving our personalised Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags out to customers, as well as using them to decorate the windows of the cafe. 

Emma says: "It's been pretty tough for us with the lockdowns but since we reopened we've been busier than ever before. We really love the Support Local campaign, it's a fantastic idea. We took part last year and the pretty tags just flew out, they were so popular. I think it makes the Christmas shopping experience in Chichester extra special. We look forward to welcoming shoppers who want to stop for a bite to eat and a cup of coffee while they are out Christmas shopping. The Support Local campaign will provide a big boost for us. Chichester District Council has really looked after businesses on the high street during the pandemic and now all we need is the support of the public as we get closer to Christmas. This is a great campaign."

The Little Art Gallery pop-up shop

Linda Foskett is running The Little Art Gallery pop-up shop in Crane Street as an off-shoot of her permanent gallery in West Wittering . The space is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, and most Sundays, until the end of December.

Linda says: "We have more than 30 artists and all of them are local or have strong local connections. We thought Christmas would be the perfect time to open a pop-up co-operative in the city centre and since we opened earlier this month it's been a bit of a whirlwind. The gift tags and wrapping paper are lovely and the designs are really quite charming ­- the lights, the Cathedral and the Cross are beautiful. It's just right for Chichester, very high quality. I'm really happy to be able to give them away to customers with our artists' work and I think they will be delighted. The campaign allows us to do something a little special for customers."

Present Surprise

Dave Hockridge is the owner of Present Surprise in South Street, Chichester where he has been selling unique gifts and cards for the past nine years.

Dave says: "We're really looking forward to taking part in this year's Support Local Christmas campaign with free gift tags and recycled wrapping paper. It's all about getting people back onto our high streets and anything that helps with that is a good thing for the whole of Chichester. Like everywhere, Chichester has been hit hard by the pandemic. We all want our city and town centres to remain busy and prosperous, so footfall is important. There are far fewer empty shops in Chichester than people think and there is a great choice and lots of quality bargains to be had on the high street. I would like to thank the public for supporting the city centre this Christmas, but it's still important to follow the Government's Covid guidelines in order to stay safe and enjoy a happy Christmas."

Stephen Lawrence Menswear

Jameela Elsom, from Stephen Lawrence Menswear, explained why the Support Local Christmas campaign is so important to our independent businesses.

Jameela says: "The campaign is brilliant. Customers are coming in the shop now because they want to shop local. The level of support since we reopened in April has been extraordinary. It's been amazing, we're really happy. Stephen Lawrence Menswear is a family-run business. We've been going for 25 years and this is our livelihood — we're a one-off. More and more people appreciate that and are happy to support us. We find that really heart-warming and we feel very, very lucky. One of the positives to have come out of the pandemic is that we're now online. It's fantastic for customers to be able to browse around on the website and then come into the store."

Wellies Tea Room, West Stoke

Kim Joyce is the owner of Wellies Tea Room in West Stoke.

Kim says: "We will be giving the gift tags and recycled wrapping paper away with our Christmas hampers. Since the pandemic began, it's made a lot of people realise how important it is to shop local rather than relying on big corporations. If they don't support local businesses we won't be here in the next couple of years. Christmas is a particularly important time to think about independent shops in your area because that's where you can pick up really different, personalised, unique presents. That's what we're aiming for with our Christmas hampers. A lot of thought goes into them."