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

Shoppers are in for a magical time at Chester Christmas Market, with over 70 traditional wooden chalets situated in the heart of Chester, all wrapped around a sparkling Christmas tree.

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

At 7pm from Eastgate Street you will be able to experience the special evening that merges two fantastic parades.

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!

Christmas Tree Festival
Christmas Tree Festival

From the end of December, Chester Cathedral cloisters will be filled with more than 40 majestic Christmas trees.  Escape from the hustle and bustle of the festive period and lose yourself in the astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.

CheSTAR at Chester Cathedral
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CheSTAR at Chester Cathedral

A giant sparkling Christmas star standing 25ft high and 23ft wide will be lighting up Chester city centre this festive season as part of CH1ChesterBID's annual Christmas celebrations.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
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The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

This Christmas, something magical is happening at Chester Zoo as their enchanting festive event, The Lanterns, returns for 2019.  The zoo will be transformed into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and a sprinkling of snow!

Grosvenor Museum
Grosvenor Museum

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



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