There are lots of treats in store in Chester this Christmas, and the place to find out what’s going on is the new inspiration-filled Chester Christmas Calendar, available to browse at Visit Cheshire’s dedicated Christmas page,

The Christmas Market returns to Chester this year, 26 Nov-22 Dec, and, like all the events in the city, government Covid-19 safety guidelines will be in place. Handmade crafts, food and other gift ideas will be on sale at the traditional wooden cabins set around a Christmas tree in the shadow of Chester’s beautiful Victorian Gothic town hall. Plus Foodie Friday and Social Saturdays return to the nearby indoor market, 6 Nov-19 Dec, with live music and street food from around the world to feast on.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo (above left), 13 Nov-23 Dec, will transform this wildlife haven after dark into 13 magical worlds with exotic illuminated animal characters to encounter. Meanwhile, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, the classic children’s tale by Judith Kerr, will also come to the Grosvenor Museum, 4 Nov-4 Jan, featuring artwork from the book and a life-size model tiger.

Storyhouse, the city’s award-winning cultural hub, will stage an original production of Charles Dickens’ favourite yuletide story A Christmas Carol, 7 Nov-17 Jan (above centre). While The Snowman will be screened with live orchestral accompaniment, 21 Dec, at medieval Chester Cathedral, which will also host its annual Christmas Tree Festival, 28 Nov-3 Jan. 

Taste Cheshire Farmers Market will offer plenty of inspiration for the Christmas table, 14-15 Nov. Meanwhile, Tours Around Chester will be hosting the Taste Of Christmas Walking Tour, 11-19 Dec, a three-hour guided showcase of the city’s food, including stop-offs to try local flavours. Plus there’s gift shopping to be done in the boutiques in Chester’s medieval and Tudor galleries, known as the Rows, and at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet (above right), which offers up to 60 per cent off top designer brands. Cheshire Oaks will also host a variety of festive activities including a drive-in cinema and Winter Village.


Chester Christmas Market
Chester Christmas Market

A magical Christmas all wrapped up! Chester Christmas Market will be back in the heart of Chester for 2021!

Foodie Fridays and Saturday Socials
Participatory Event
Foodie Fridays and Saturday Socials

Market Al Fresco has allowed Chester Market to revive its popular Foodie Friday and Saturday Social events!

Chester Zoo Lanterns
The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo

Tickets now on sale for much-loved event, featuring illuminated wildlife and enchanting animal characters. Funds raised from the event will support the zoo’s crucial work as a wildlife conservation charity.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Grosvenor Museum
Judith Kerr - photo credit Seven Stories Damien Wootton

From early November until the beginning of January 2021, Chester’s Grosvenor Museum is hosting a family friendly exhibition celebrating the much-loved children’s book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by author and illustrator, Judith Kerr

The Snowman and We're Going on a Bear Hunt

​Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra.​

Christmas Tree Festival
Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral

The Christmas Tree Festival will return this year for it’s eighth year of twinkling, sparking and shining



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