The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

If you’re looking for some inspiration for what’s happening in Chester & Cheshire this week, look no further as we have put together a selection of our top picks for this week. As we welcome in the Christmas season, there’s a lot of great festive events and activities to keep you entertained:

1. Travel the world with The Lanterns

They’re finally back! Chester Zoo’s famous Lanterns are here for 2022 and they promise to be even more magical than ever. Guests can travel the whole world through a huge range of spectacular lantern displays ranging from a Norwegian fairy-tale land to a UV Bornean jungle. Santa will be in residence, plus the Zoo’s Christmas market returns with all sorts of tasty treats to bring a lot of seasonal cheer.

2. Get your Christmas shopping in spectacular surroundings

Arley Hall’s Christmas Shopping Spectacular is back from Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17. The Christmas Shopping Spectacular brings together a fabulous array of over 75 hand-picked exquisite stalls offering delicious food and stunning gifts and treats for all, from stocking fillers to that extra special present.

3. Take a trip to Spain with your tastebuds

Chester’s Urbano32 are hosting a special wine tasting event on Wednesday 16: Hosted by John Budd of Boutinot Wines and Tumaca you can taste the wines of Spain. It’s an informal wine tasting tour of the country including food. Set in the ever-stylish surroundings of Urbano32, this promises to be a great night out.

4. Start the Christmas market season in style

It’s time to celebrate the festive season in Wilmslow with the town’s Christmas market and light switch on. The festivities kick off on Saturday 19 November with a day packed full of yuletide activities, culminating with a light switch-on event in Bank Square. From 10:00am-5:30pm visitors will be able to browse a Christmas Market, see Santa’s Reindeer Parade, enjoy music and immerse themselves in live entertainment.

5. Take to the Rows for some magic

There’s a lot going on this Christmas on the Rows. Starting on Friday there’s an exciting new pop up lantern trail for the whole family to enjoy. Magic Lanterns is a trail of eight beautiful mini-projections hidden in the dark nooks and crannies of Chester's unique Rows. Discover the projections at night and watch as a host of enchanting Chester stories are conjured up in the shadows. A magical musical soundtrack accompanies these nocturnal images. Enjoy this FREE outdoor family treat for Chester this November.

Plus, this Saturday the Rows Christmas Bazaar begins with a host of festive activities from festive face painting and Christmas crafts to wreath making and Christmas carols. Find out more about Christmas on the Rows here


The Lanterns 2022
The Lanterns 2022

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo will be back for another MAGICAL event in 2022! It’s NEVER too early to plan your festive celebrations. Join us again as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and plenty of cheer!

The Arley Hall Christmas Shopping Spectacular
Fete / Fair
The Arley Hall Christmas Shopping Spectacular

The Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular setup in 1991 is still going strong today, attracting over 1,500 visitors.

Wine Tasting: Spain
Food & Drink
glasses on wine

Join us to celebrate the best that Spain has to offer in food and drink

Magic Lanterns – Luminous Yarns
Family Friendly
Magic Lanterns – Luminous Yarns

A trail of eight beautiful mini-projections hidden in the nooks and crannies of Chester’s Rows. For all ages. FREE.

The Rows Christmas Bazaar
Family Friendly
The Rows Christmas Bazaar

Every Thursday evening and weekend over the festive period, you will find a variety of programmed entertainment to enjoy including Christmas carolling, Christmas craft sessions for children and adults alike, sampling and free face painting for the little ones.



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