In the lead up to Christmas a visit to Chester and Cheshire is a must, with magical lanterns, fantastic shopping, special visits from Santa, fabulous feasts, festive fun for the family and a high flying adventure, there is something for everyone. Here are our top picks for things to do in Cheshire this Christmas...

Christmas in Cheshire

1) The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

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

2) Cheshire Oaks: Where Wish Lists Always Come True

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
With irresistible brands for up to 60% less, a magical atmosphere and special events, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is the ultimate shopping destination this Christmas. Warm up with a mulled wine at the Christmas Village and wander through the UK’s largest walk-in Christmas tree, standing at 90ft tall!  

3) Breakfast with Santa and Santa Cruises at Anderton Boat Lift

Christmas at Anderton Boat Lift
This year, the Boat Lift are inviting you to celebrate the beginning of the ‘Santa Cruise season’ with an exclusive ‘breakfast with Santa’ experience, on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December – the perfect way to start a month full of festive family fun!

Plus come and join Santa and his helpers this December on the Edwin Clark trip boat for a festive cruise on the River Weaver Navigation. Storytelling, songs and a special present for each child!  

4) Christmas at Carluccio's, Chester

Christmas at Carluccio's
Book your Christmas party now at Carluccio’s Chester. They’ve curated their menu to be the perfect centre piece to any festive celebration, complete with the authentic and delicious festive flavours of Italy. 

5) Peter Pan at Storyhouse

Peter Pan at Storyhouse
This Christmas at Storyhouse in Chester: journey to Neverland for a high-flying adventure you’ll never forget! Ticket prices rise with demand - book now for the best prices!

6) Gingerbread & Festive Fun at Grosvenor Shopping Centre

Gingerbread& Festive Fun at Grosvenor Shopping Centre
Head to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre on selected dates over Christmas for a host of gingerbread fun! Kids can enjoy gingerbread decorating and a gingerbread hunt!

7) Chester Christmas Market

Chester Christmas Market
A handmade, historical, magical experience awaits you at Chester Christmas Market with 70 chalets surrounding the iconic sparkling tree in the heart of the city centre. Discover unique, locally-made produce, handmade crafts, jewellery and stocking fillers; you're sure to find the perfect present. 

8) Christmas at the Mere

Christmas at the Mere Resort
You cannot beat the exceptional comfort of the indoors on a cold winter’s day – a moment for peace and relaxation away from the outside world. So this Christmas, go along to The Mere and feel warmth and charm of the wonderful range of festive packages that are perfect to share with loved ones. Experience Christmas at The Mere.

You can order your own bespoke Chester Christmas gift wrap and christmas cards online here. 

Find out more here, in our ultimate guide to Christmas in Chester and Cheshire.


The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
The Mere Golf Resort & Spa Entrance

**The Mere will remain open for essential travellers, business meetings and elite sports people** **Large Hotel of the Year Award Winner 2019** The Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Knutsford, Cheshire is the perfect destination for leisure or business with expansive conference facilities, golf and spa, set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

Carluccios Fresca Avocado Eggs

Welcome to Carluccio’s, an Italian restaurant located in the historic heart of Chester. In one of the most attractive black and white row buildings on Bridge Street, this beautiful setting is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a meal and drinks with friends and family.

Breakfast with Santa at Anderton Boat Lift
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Breakfast with Santa at Anderton Boat Lift

Experience the magic of Christmas by the water at Cheshire’s award-winning Anderton Boat Lift…

Santa Cruises at Anderton Boat Lift
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Santa Cruises at Anderton Boat Lift

The unique festive extravaganza that’s taken Cheshire by storm is back for another year…

Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
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Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Make your Christmas magical with Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. There's so much to come this holiday season, like a Christmas Corner laden with delicious goodies and children's favourite Breakfast with Santa and much more...

The Grosvenor Shopping Centre
Shopping Centre
The Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Chester

Please note some Grosvenor Shopping Centre retailers are operating reduced hours or different hours from those advertised.



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