There is so much happening in Chester and Cheshire this Christmas time. Everything from visits from Santa to festive feasts, traditional carol concerts to creative wreath making and enchanting lanterns to magical mansions. All your Christmas shopping needs are covered with independent artisans at Chester Christmas Market, new stores at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and your favourite brands at Grosvenor Shopping Centre. Here are 8 must do’s this Christmas in Cheshire…

1. Have a #MEREyXmas at the Mere Golf Resort & Spa

A #MEREyXmas at the Mere Golf Resort & Spa

Nestled in the heart of Cheshire lies a majestic building full of excitement, wonder and moments for you to indulge. Another magical festive season is fast approaching for you to gather round and enjoy the warmth and company of your nearest and dearest.

Explore your Christmas at The Mere with an array of Christmassy events. Enjoy Festive Afternoon Tea where you can indulge in a delicious selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries served with tea and coffee. Let your hair down at one of their Christmas party nights, bring in the new year at the gala ball with unforgettable live music or take a break from the cooking and enjoy a delicious Christmas Day feast.


2. Santa Cruises at Anderton Boat Lift

Santa Cruises at Anderton Boat Lift

Santa and his helpers will be visiting Anderton Boat Lift this December, join him as he takes a festive cruise along the River Weaver Navigation on the Edwin Clark boat. Children will delight in storytelling, songs and a special present from Santa.  


3. Christmas Cruises at National Waterways Museum

Christmas Cruises at National Waterways Museum

Father Christmas will be very busy in Cheshire this festive season, visiting all his favourite places including National Waterways Museum. He will be leaving his sleigh behind to set sail on a canal boat where you can join him for some festive fun.

Accompany him on his journey along the Shropshire Union Canal, then visit the beautiful Grotto, where there will be storytelling, plus a gift for every child to bring an enchanting start to Christmas. 


4. Christmas at Tatton Park

Christmas at Tatton Park

Step into the magical Mansion at Tatton Park decorated with a ‘Food Glorious Food’ theme. Discover the impressive state rooms and servants quarters dressed to celebrate seasonal fayre.

There is something for everyone at Tatton this Christmas. Experience a Taste of Tatton with a festive Afternoon Tea, meet Father Christmas and his elves at the farm with their rare breed farmyard friends and enjoy musical merriment with traditional carols, inspirational orchestras and choirs.


5. Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

This year kick off the festive season in spectacular fashion at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet!

The UK’s largest designer outlet is getting larger! As the £40m expansion at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks nears completion, it welcomes two global jewellery brands; Pandora and Thomas Sabo, the perfect places to pick up something gorgeous for a loved one or even yourself!

The expansion at McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks will also see the relocation and upsizing of two popular accessories brands this season; Mulberry and Furla. Guests will be spoilt for choice this Christmas as the hotly anticipated handbag brand, Kate Spade, also opened its doors earlier this month with Tefal, Dune and restaurant Comptoir Libanais having opened in October.


6. Christmas at Ness Botanic Gardens

Christmas at Ness Botanic Gardens

Father Christmas will be popping into Ness Botanic Gardens this December, come and long and meet the festive fellow. For those who have been behaving themselves, he will be handing out treats!  Enjoy a cosy line up of your favourite carols and pop in for some festive wreath making, where you will learn how to make your own wreaths to take home and adorn your homes for all to see!

7. A magical Christmas at Grosvenor Shopping Centre

A magical Christmas at Grosvenor Shopping Centre

Get your Christmas shopping sorted at the various 60 stores, meet Father Christmas in his grotto or see the singing reindeers at Grosvenor Shopping Centre this December.


8. Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Lanterns at Chester Zoo


Seeing is believing at Chester Zoo this Christmas, something magical is on its way. Explore a magical festive wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and a sprinkling of snow!  Give your family precious memories they’ll never forget; encounter new fantastical and colourful worlds, full of animal-inspired illuminations and traditional festive scenes that will leave you with a warm fuzzy-feeling inside.


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