A City, a Family Christmas

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  1. The Lanterns at Chester Zoo will be back for another MAGICAL event in 2022! It’s NEVER too early to plan your festive celebrations. Join us again as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and plenty of cheer!
    1. Including Shaun The Sheep – The Flight Before Christmas. Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family-favourite The Snowman, accompanied by a live orchestra.
      1. Christmas characters will host Santa's Enchanted Grotto
        Experience Santa’s Enchanted Grotto this Christmas! With surprises around every corner, you’ll be immersed in a magical journey though a wintry woodland. Follow the path to discover Santa’s Grotto where you’ll have an unforgettable visit with the big guy himself.
        1. Visit The Ice Cream Farm's magical grotto on dates throughout December, where children can meet Santa.
          1. Christmas Light Switch On Parade: 12 Days of Christmas c. Mark Carline
            Kick off the festive season in Chester with the fantastic ‘12 Days of Christmas’ parade as it travels through the streets starting from Chester Town Hall. Full of music, lights, elves, real snow, and a few surprises!
            1. Lantern Parade c. Mark Carline
              Hundreds of school children parade through the city centre with their hand made lanterns. Starting from the Christmas Market in Town Hall Square.
              1. Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
                Watch the Lord of Misrule and his ghoulish friends hit the cobbles for a riotous romp with a mischievous coterie of fire breathers, devils, skeletons, ice queens, Jack Frosts as the procession dances through the city centre.
                1. A special invitation from Santa to join him for a wonderful Sunday Brunch in the Cathedral Refectory – the beautiful thirteenth century monks dining hall.
                  1. The eternally beautiful story of childhood friends, Gerda and Kai, torn apart by dark temptation and reunited by the force of Gerda’s love. The Snow Queen is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most popular stories and of course well known by lovers of Frozen.

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