Chester is the perfect location to get everyone in the spirit for a truly memorable Christmas. With the fantastic Christmas Market at the centre of all the action, there are various parades and events this December in historic Chester – the quintessentially British city.

Chester Christmas Market – Back for the Christmas season until the 18th December, come and browse over 70 wooden chalets wrapped around a sparkling Christmas tree in the heart of Chester. Sample the delicious hot food and drink, all produced locally! Choose from a variety of local gifts with everything from crafts, clothing and accessories to jewellery and stocking fillers.

Winter Watch and Saturnalia Parade – Bring your family and friends to the biggest parade of the festive season on Thursday 15th December at 7pm. Gather together on Eastgate Street ready to get involved in all the excitement of two city parades, not one, but TWO! On this evening the historic Winter Watch Parade takes place in combination with the Roman legion’s torch-lit Saturnalia Parade.

Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival – Explore the cloisters of the magnificent Chester Cathedral and marvel at over 50 unique Christmas trees, each decorated by local schools and businesses. Prepare to be fascinated by the heart-warming display of creativity and festivity. Keep an eye out for the #perfectchester tree – you may find your #perfectchester moment handwritten in one of our baubles!

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo – An unmissable, unique and magical family experience and a highlight in Chester’s festive programme. See Chester Zoo like you have never seen it before with all your favourite animals and characters illuminated against the backdrop of a winter’s night sky. Marvel at a constellation of stars and watch your children’s eyes light at the imminent arrival of Santa arrives on his sleigh.

CheSTAR at Chester Cathedral – Come and see the mesmerising CheSTAR in the Cathedral gardens – the brightest sculpture Chester has ever seen! Comprising more than 1,500 twinkling lights and standing 25 feet high with giant gleaming spires. Grab a loved one for a few pics and take full advantage of the perfect selfie opportunity!

Film Screenings at the Grosvenor Museum – Keep the kids entertained with a month of Christmas movies at the Grosvenor Museum. Come and enjoy the Frozen Sing-A-Long, Happy Feet or the Polar Express on the big screen – festive family favourites with FREE entry. Nothing says Christmas like quality time and special moments – the children are sure to remember this for years to come.


Chester Christmas Market
Chester Christmas Market

A magical Christmas all wrapped up! Chester Christmas Market will be back in the heart of Chester from 16th November - 22nd December.

Winter Watch and Saturnalia Parade
Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline

Veni vidi vici! The Romans certainly came, saw and conquered Chester; in fact they founded the city. Now you can march, torch in hand, with the fearsome soldiers of the XX Legion who established Deva Victrix on the banks of the River Dee.

Winter Watch Parade
Winter Watch Parade - c. Mark Carline

Karamba Samba as the Winter Watch parades through Chester City Centre, lead by the Lord of Misrule!

Grosvenor Museum
Grosvenor Museum, Art Gallery

The Grosvenor Museum is full of surprises which tell the stories of Cheshire from pre-history to the 20th century.



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