The Snow Queen. Credit Mark McNulty

With the big day behind us, we may have some much-needed spare time: a perfect opportunity to get out and about in Chester. The festivities don’t have to stop between Christmas and New Year's in Chester. There’s a lot going on this Twixmas in the city including spectacular shows, sumptuous dining, fascinating history, indulgent spa escapes, and, of course, those Boxing Day deals.


Beware of the Snow Queen

With shows on throughout Twixmas, this is a perfect opportunity to catch Storyhouse’s latest festive production. after previous successes with Oliver Twist! and A Christmas Carol, The Snow Queen tells the tale of Gerda on her epic journey through the seasons to save her best friend Cei from the Snow Queen.

The Snow Queen at Storyhouse. Credit Mark McNulty


Keep the magic going with the Christmas Tree Festival

Tired of your tree? Don’t worry as there’s plenty of time to visit Chester Cathedral’s much-loved Christmas Tree Festival. Running until 8 January you can still catch all the magic of these fully-decked trees and continue the Christmas celebrations.

Christmas Tree Festival. Credit Mark Carline


Treat yourself to a spot of tea

Fancy some time to indulge and reconnect with friends or family? Throughout Twixmas you can enjoy a sumptuous festive afternoon tea in the ever-luxurious surroundings of Palm Court at The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa. You can even have your own choice of added luxury with either mulled wine, prosecco, gin and tonic, or champagne.

Festive Afternoon Tea at the Grosvenor Pulford


Let someone else do the cooking!

You might want someone else to do the cooking after the excitement of Christmas, so Bear & Billet have you covered. The 17th century inn on Lower Bridge Street are serving their festive menu until 30 December which includes all kinds of great dishes like duck bon bons, butternut and red lentil dal cottage pie, and apple and mincemeat crumble.

Bear & Billet


Get your winter glow on!

After the excitement of the big day you may need to rejuvenate in readiness for New Year’s. You can get truly pampered at The Chester Grosvenor for just £99pp with the Winter Glow spa package. 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, and some time to relax in the thermal suite as well.

The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor


Get ‘fitted for 2023

If you’re looking for a deal this Twixmas, head over the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. Just a stone’s throw from the city and easily accessible by bus, the over 140 boutiques will be waiting with those big Boxing Day deals. The outlet is open 9am – 9pm from Boxing Day til 30 December giving you all the more time to enjoy the deals.

Christmas shopping at Cheshire Oaks


Take a tour through the past this Twixmas

Twixmas could be the perfect time to delve into the fascinating history of Chester. The Chester Tour by the Guild of Chester Tour Guides runs every day of the year (even Christmas Day!) and takes you on a 2000-year journey through Chester’s past. Great for families, the tour is £10 for adults with up to two under 16s going free with each adult.

Twixmas time travelling

You can also explore the city this Twixmas with two completely free Rows trails. The Rows Time Travelling Treasure Hunt is perfect for families with children and takes you on a journey through the history of the Rows by searching for clues and treasures. The trail is a great compliment to the Discover the Rows walking and audio trail, too, which takes a circular journey around these unique historic structures, highlighting their fascinating history.

Discover the Rows

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