What to do inbetween Christmas and New Year in Chester? Get out and about this Twixmas in Chester. Whether you’re looking for an unmissable short break offer, irresistible food and drink, an unforgettable day out, some retail therapy, or that quintessential festive walk, you can find it all in Chester. We’ve put together this guide to inspire you to make the festive magic last that little bit longer.

Take a Twixmas break

Grosvenor Pulford Winter Breaks

As the nights grow chillier, come in from the cold with a winter break in Cheshire as part of this exclusive hotel offer! Take advantage of this winter offer and enjoy a luxurious getaway at a 4-star hotel near Chester from just £129 per room. Enjoy an overnight stay in your choice of bedroom, dinner on the evening of your stay and a full english breakfast in Palm Court restaurant the following morning. 

Winter Breaks at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel

The Chester Grosvenor - 15% off 2 night stays

Treat yourself to a stay away in the opulent Chester Grosvenor. Home to two fabulous restaurants and a luxurious spa right in the heart of Chester’s city centre, The Chester Grosvenor is the place for a truly memorable Twixmas getaway. What’s more, if you book your stay at least 3 days in advance and stay a little longer, you will receive a 15% discount!

The Chester Grosvenor

Keep the festive indulgence going with some fine food and drink

The Townhouse Festive Afternoon Tea

Treat yourself to a Twixmas afternoon tea in the Gaden Grotto at The Townhouse. With a superb range of delectable finger sandwiches, scones and preserves as well as a festive cocktail, you can keep the magic going with this fabulous afternoon tea!

The Townhouse

Menu de Noel at Côte

Join Côte Brasserie for an elegant 3 course meal, packed ful of french inspired festive flavour. Choose to go ‘French-traditional’ with the Turkey Paupiette or opt for the Chou Farci – whichever you choose Côte recommends their beautiful Mont Blanc dessert to finish; layers of meringue with chestnut purée and crème Chantilly, topped with chocolate shavings. 

Côte Brasserie, Chester

Festive Dining at the White Horse

Celebrate the festive season in style with your friends and family at the White Horse. Enjoy 2 courses for £20.50 or 3 for £26.50 and choose from tasty dishes like Confit duck and chicken terrine and home cured Salmon Gravadlax, Traditional roast turkey or short Beef ribs and top it off with one of the delicious desserts, choosing from the likes of Apple Tart Tatin, Salted Caramel tart and not forgetting Christmas pudding of course!

Christmas at the White Horse, Chester

Treat yourself and the family to a Twixmas day out

Festive Me time at the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester

Eliminate tension with a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage, a 30 minute Grosvenor Signature facial and your choice of a 30 minute express manicure or pedicure.

The Spa at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel

Follow the Roving Moon

Chester communities will tune into the night sky this Christmas time as a dramatic new installation from Wild Rumpus launches in the city centre for the whole of the festive season. The Roving Moon will be unveiled in its first secret location in the city as part of the city’s cherished 12 Days of Christmas Parade. Following its reveal, the moon shaped sculpture made from recycled metal and fabric, will move across the city to different locations until 5th January 2022. As it hops across landmark buildings, it will entice visitors and shoppers to explore snippets of the city they might not have previously discovered.

The Roving Moon, Chester

Oliver Twist! at Storyhouse

Storyhouse will have a stage packed with kids, dogs and feelgood songs this Christmas. The team behind last year’s smash A Christmas Carol are bringing their irreverent and riotous take on the criminal Dickens classic to the stage from until 16th January 2022.

Oliver Twist! Storyhouse Chester

Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral

There’s still plenty of time to see the magnificent Christmas trees throughout Chester’s historic Cathedral. You can keep the festive spirit going during Twixmas until 4th January with over 40 trees from local businesses, organisations, and charities!

Christmas Tree Festival

Chester Zoo

Make your festive walk a walk on the wild side at Chester Zoo. Make sure to wish the animals a very merry Christmas, including the latest addition to the zoo – Kasulu the Black Rhino!

Chester Zoo


Set sail on the River Dee this Twixmas with ChesterBoat. On weekends you can enjoy a half hour cruise aboard the Lady Diana, Mark Twain or the Jackie. From the moorings you’ll head upstream, under Queen’s Park Suspenion Bridge, past the Boathouse Inn and Grosvenor Park, and through the suburb of Boughton. As you follow the sweeping bend of the Meadows, you’ll see stunning riverside homes and gardens, and hear about the fascinating history of the River Dee and its surroundings.


Get some retail therapy after the big day

Shop Chester

There’s everything to satisfy even the hardiest of shopaholics in Chester. From big name brands to unique boutiques, you’re sure to find something you’ll love on Chester’s historic streets. Keep an eye out for the best festive window displays as well! And this year it’s especially important to shop local – so what better way to do this than in Chester?

Shop the Rows

Make sure to tour the Rows – the two-tier medieval covered walkways – for a great range of independent shops and restaurants. This is a truly unique way to shop and is great cover in case of inclement winter weather!

The Rows

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

You’re never far from big brands and great savings in Chester as Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is just a short journey away. Get a head start on those sales and continue the festive fun with a visit to the Winter Village and its VIP huts that can be pre booked for one hour for up to 6 people.

 Cheshire Oaks

Take in Chester on foot

Chester is the perfect place for that quintessential festive walk. You can take in the sights of the city centre on the historic walls, or venture further afield. We’ve selected some of our favourites:

Chester City Centre Circular Walk

This is the ultimate way to explore the whole of the city, taking you from the Visitor Information Centre to along the Shropshire Union Canal, River Dee, Grosvenor Park and even around the racecourse. Experience everything Chester has to offer on this great circular walk!

Chester Canal

Walk the City Walls

One of the main features of Chester, the city walls remain a great way to explore the city centre. On this walk you’ll take in some key sights from a great vantage point including the famous Eastgate Clock, King Charles’ Tower, the Water Tower as well as the River Dee and Shropshire Union Canal.

Chester Walls

Take a short walk through Handbridge

Handbridge lies across the Old Dee Bridge from the city and much of Chester's Roman fortress was built from stone quarried here. Starting at The Ship Inn, just across the Old Dee Bridge from Lower Bridge Street, this short walk of around 1 mile takes in features of the area's rich history while giving wonderful views of the River Dee.

Old Dee Bridge


Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa
Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa by Kasia, located just outside the historical city of Chester.

Located just outside the historical city of Chester, yet surrounded by the scenic countryside of Cheshire and Wales, the four star Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa beautifully combines traditional elegance with contemporary luxury.

The Chester Grosvenor
The Chester Grosvenor, situated in the heart of beautiful Chester

Housed in an historic building with a black and white timbered façade, The Chester Grosvenor is situated in the centre of the beautiful Roman city of Chester.

The Townhouse
The Townhouse Nantwich

The townhouse is a beautiful 18th century georgian house located in the centre of the market town of nantwich, cheshire,

Côte Brasserie
Côte Brasserie

In the heart of Chester, you’ll be transported to France when you visit Côte.

The White Horse, Chester Racecourse
The interior pub of The Whitehorse at The Chester Racecourse

The White Horse ‘Pub on the Course’ is uniquely located at Chester Racecourse in the heart of the historic city centre.

Follow the Roving Moon
Art Installation
Follow the Roving Moon

We invite you to look up in our city, experiencing it from a whole new, enchanting perspective. Can you spot the roving moon as it hops between our beautiful buildings and highlights wonderful vistas?

Oliver Twist!
Oliver Twist!

Storyhouse have announced that a stage packed with kids, dogs and feelgood songs is going be the main feature of Christmas this year in Chester.

Christmas Tree Festival
Christmas Tree Festival

The annual Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival returns for its ninth fabulous year in 2021.

Chester Zoo
Animal Collection
Giraffes, Chester Zoo

A visit to Cheshire isn’t complete without a trip to the UK’s number one zoo. Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens.

ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire
Boat Trip
The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester

Enjoy a different side of Chester - the riverside!  Sail with us along the beautiful River Dee.

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Shop / Shopping Centre
Cath Kidston at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Trendsetters, foodies, label lovers, it’s time to make some noise for the infamous McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Cheshire Oaks.

Discover the Rows
Walking Route
The walkway and stallboards on Eastgate Street Row South

Join our circular journey through an urban landscape that is unique in the world.



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