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An ultimate Christmas weekend in Chester

Chester at Christmas

The festive season is upon us again and this year Christmas is back in full force in Chester. There is plenty going on to inspire the festive spirit in and around Chester, from returning favourites to exciting new experiences. Christmas in Chester is a true highlight of the year for locals and visitors alike and is a real chance to get together, reconnect and experience our much-loved city in a whole new light. Chester does Christmas exceptionally, and the city’s community of residents and businesses really come together to bring you a magical festive experience. With this in mind, we thought we’d give you some inspiration for a festive weekend away in Chester, complete with unmissable events, sparkling food and drink and some exceptional winter offers. So wrap up in your best winter warmers, grab a mug of mulled wine and get ready to experience Christmas in Chester.

Shop local with the Chester Christmas Market

Making its much-awaited return after last year’s unfortunate cancellation, Chester Christmas Market is the centrepiece of Chester’s festive calendar. Visitors can expect some returning favourites as well as exciting new stallholders providing exceptional home-made and artisanal food, drinks, crafts, gifts and much more. Over half of all stallholders this year are from right here in Cheshire or nearby North Wales, making the market even more exciting with opportunity to truly shop local. There will be many artisans from across Cheshire and the region, such as Josh Johnson Ceramics, who designs and sells pottery, and Roberts Country Fayre, which makes award-winning layered pies. Other traders include; Cheshire-based Dipple Tipple, which sources the best of Britain’s spirits and liqueurs, such as the local Forest Gin from Macclesfield, and the Cheshire Candle Company, selling handmade fragrant candles. Open daily from 10:30am and open late Thursday-Saturday from Thursday 18 November to Wednesday 22 December, this year’s market promises to be extra special in many ways.

Spot the Roving Moon and experience exciting new pop-up events

A new and exciting festive feature will be making its debut in Chester this year. The team at Destination Chester are inviting visitors to look up at Chester experiencing the city from a whole new, enchanting perspective with the Roving Moon. This shining festive beacon will be in select locations high up around the city, and it’s your task to locate and spot it. Part of a new series of events and activities entitled Chester Designed by Nature, The Roving Moon promises to be an exciting initiative to inspire visitors to explore the city to find the majestic moon-shaped light display and really get into the festive spirit. Visitors are encouraged to get involved by snapping pictures of the Moon and share them on social media with the hashtag #chestermoon to be in with a chance to win some exciting prizes.

Also, as part of the Chester Designed by Nature programme, there are some exciting new popup events for the whole family to enjoy. On 4 December at there will be an afternoon of Storytelling and walkabout Theatre in the open air at the City Forest Garden (aka Chester Supertrees). Everyone can enjoy some magical stories performed by Award Winning Storyteller Ursula Holden Gill and watch the mesmerising Eye of The Newt Theatre Company as they perform The Hare and The Moon – a gentle and warm-hearted walkabout show inspired by the mythology of the moon gazing hare. And join visual artist Jo Gomez and take part in a lantern making workshop using recyclable materials 

Then on 17 December, there will be an outdoor event alongside the water edge of the canal at the Grassed Amphitheatre - an amphitheatre that has been created from the natural earth to create steps down to the canal. This will include Canal Street Day Care Centre choir performing some music and songs inspired by the moon. So wrap up warm, enjoy a hot chocolate, take part in some singing and be mesmerized by the Hare and the Moon walking theatre show performed by Eye of the Newt Theatre.

And on 23 December, a novel street performance of The Faun is coming to The Nest. Rooted in Roman mythology as the deity of forests, fields, and herds, this Faun has found herself trotting along a once roman landscape looking to charm the people with her love of the forest, music and dance.This is a promenade performance (starting at The Nest) that celebrates and incorporates the Roving Moon.

Embrace the Call of the Wild with the Lanterns at Chester Zoo

There’s reason to celebrate this year at Chester Zoo. The beloved Christmas Lanterns are making their welcome return for their 10th year – coinciding with the Zoo’s 90th anniversary from Friday 12 November to Thursday 23 December. Visitors to the Lanterns can experience the zoo after hours on a set trail in the dark – taking them through spectacular illuminations and colourful lanterns, encountering enchanting, costumed characters along the way. This year’s festivities will see brand new illuminated characters that shine a light on species that are threatened with extinction such as orangutans, butterflies, caterpillars and wolves. There will also be a 90th birthday light show, taking visitors on a journey through time as they explore the zoo’s history. The event will support the zoo’s crucial work as a wildlife conservation charity and will help with its recovery following the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Christmas at the historic Cathedral

Another highlight in the Chester festive calendar are the happenings at Chester cathedral. There’s not much more magical than experiencing some festive cheer amongst the medieval majesty of the city’s cathedral. This year the much-loved Christmas Tree festival returns from 27 November until 4 January. The cathedral’s cloisters will be lined with over 50 sparkling Christmas trees designed by local organisations, schools and charities. The magnificent 13th-century refectory will also be serving Sunday brunch with a special guest from 18 November until Christmas Eve. Families can enjoy a delicious brunch from the refectory café joined by Santa himself! The team at the Cathedral are bringing the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol to life with a wonderfully traditional production adapted for stage by Laura Turner, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance, and a magnificent original musical score on 27 November and 8 December. And one of the nation’s favourite Christmas characters will make a welcome return as The Snowman Tour arrives at the Cathedral on 18 December. This special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra is a guaranteed way to get into the festive spirit.

An especially festive production at Storyhouse

The cultural champions at Storyhouse are set to bring audiences a real festive treat with this year’s Christmas production – Oliver Twist! From 4 December to 16 January. There promises to be a stage packed with kids, dogs and feelgood songs at this year’s production as audiences experience the tale of the lovable but unfortunate Oliver and the cast of London urchins he finds. It promises to be a hit, with the show being produced by the team behind last year’s smash A Christmas Carol that thrived in spite of the pandemic and was unfortunately cut short. It’s definitely high time to experience some heart-warming festive theatre from the team at Storyhouse.

A festive flick in the moonlight

Chester’s favourite open air cinema returns this Christmas at Carriage Shed. Moonlight Flicks from Storyhouse are bringing some of the very best Christmas films to the stylish hub at Carriage Shed. You can watch everyone’s favourite Elf on his adventures in New York, be engrossed as John McClane takes care of business at Nakatomi Plaza, experience the Muppets’ signature retelling of a Dickens classic and much more. Make sure to wrap warm, bring your favourite seat, and enjoy some sparkling festive movie time treats. Oh, and with the inclement British weather, you may need to keep yourself (and your Mogwai) dry!

Find Santa in his Enchanted Grotto

This year the team at Chester Business Improvement District have invited Santa to bring his grotto to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre. From 26 November to 24 December, the kids can embark on a magical journey through a wintry woodland, follow the path to discover Santa’s Grotto and meet with the man himself.

Get into the spirit with a festive parade

The festive landscape in Chester is made all the more special with a parade. Chester is renowned for its parades and this year will see the return of some of the very best. The parade season starts on 25 November with the return of the 12 Days of Christmas Parade. Starting from the Town Hall, this festive favourite promises lights, snow, elves and a few surprises. Then, on 9 and 16 December the Winter Watch parade will take place. This historic tradition dates back to the 1400s, and is now a spectacle of lights and colourful characters. On 16 December the Winter Watch parade will coincide with Saturnalia – the celebration that sees Roman soldiers light up the city. Expect weird and wonderful characters, fire-breathing, rambunctious Romans and a lot of lights! Be sure to get your spot to witness these magnificent festive traditions in Chester this year.

Festive Dining

Chester, already renowned for its exceptional restaurants, is made all the more special with festive menus. At the elegant La Brasserie at The Chester Grosvenor guests can indulge in a three-course festive dinner menu from their award-winning chefs between 29 November and 23 December. What’s more, there’s extra luxury on offer with sparkling festive afternoon tea served in the stylish Arkle Bar & Lounge throughout November and December. The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa are bringing festive twists to their menus at both Palm Court and Nelson’s Bar, alongside their ever-popular festive afternoon teas. And at 1539 at the historic Roodee racecourse, the festive season is getting into full swing with a carefully-curated festive menu as well as a superb selection of festive winter cocktails – what could be better than festive dining with panoramic views of the oldest functioning racecourse in the world? We’ve barely scratched the surface here, so be sure to go to visitchester.com/food-drink to explore more dining in Chester this festive season.

Somewhere special to stay

With all the festive action, you may want somewhere for a little rest and relaxation. Many of Chester’s world class hotels are offering some great deals and packages for the festive season. The grand Rowton Hall Hotel are offering the Festive Bed & Breakfast Escape which offers guests an overnight stay, full country house breakfast as well as mulled wine and festive treats from £99 per room. For a staycation in the city, ABode, located next to the historic racecourse are offering the Winter in the City package, where guests will receive an overnight stay in the stylish ABode, dinner in Brasserie ABode and a full breakfast, all from £129 per room. And for a great family stay, the brand-new Leonardo Hotel, right in the heart of the city are offering bed and breakfast for £59 per night Sunday-Thursday – a great option for some Christmas shopping, exploring the city and experiencing Christmas in Chester. There are so many more great places to stay so make sure to go to visitchester.com/stay

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  1. Chester Christmas Market

    Chester

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

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    A magical Christmas all wrapped up! Chester Christmas Market will be back in the heart of Chester this year. Get the festive feeling this winter spoil yourself at Chester Christmas Market. A handmade, historical, magical experience awaits you with traditional wooden chalets surrounding the iconic sparkling tree in the heart of the city centre. Discover unique, locally made produce and with handmade crafts, jewellery, accessories and stocking fillers, you’re sure to find the perfect presents in Chester, we have your Christmas all wrapped up!

    Chester Christmas Market is open seven days a week and is located in the city’s beautiful Town Hall Square opposite Chester Cathedral.

    Contact Details:

    Town Hall Square, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

    Tel:

    07506 782850
  2. Open Air Storytelling

    Chester

    An afternoon of Storytelling and walkabout Theatre in the open air at the City Forest Garden (aka Chester Supertrees).

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    An afternoon of Storytelling and walkabout Theatre in the open air at the City Forest Garden (aka Chester Supertrees).

    As part of the Chester Designed by Nature programme of free events you can enjoy some magical stories performed by Award Winning Storyteller Ursula Holden Gill and watch the mesmerising Eye of The Newt Theatre Company as they perform The Hare and The Moon – a gentle and warmhearted walkabout show inspired by the mythology of the moon gazing hare. And join visual artist Jo Gomez and take part in a lantern making workshop using recyclable materials.

    Free (booking advised)

    Book now.

     

    Contact Details:

    City Forest Garden, St Oswalds Way, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3DY

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  3. Choir on the Canal

    Chester

    An outdoor event alongside the water edge of the canal where Canal Street Day Care Centre Choir will perform some music and songs inspired by the moon.

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    An outdoor event alongside the water edge of the canal where Canal Street Day Care Centre Choir will perform some music and songs inspired by the moon.

    Wrap up warm, enjoy a hot chocolate, take part in some singing and be mesmerised by the Hare and the Moon walking theatre show performed by Eye of the Newt Theatre.

    The grassed amphitheater is an amphitheater that has been created from the natural earth to create steps down to the canal. Seating is the grassed banks and on the street level there is room for people using a wheelchair or those that need to stand.

    The area will be lit for this special one off event but you could bring your own torch to create your own moon inspired photography on the beautiful city walls whilst you follow the Hare and Moon on their journey round the city.

    Aprox 90 mins duration.

    Free (booking advised)

    Book now.

     

    Contact Details:

    Water Tower Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2AE

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  4. The Faun – A Street Performance

    Chester

    Rooted in Roman mythology as the deity of forests, fields, and herds, this Faun has found herself trotting along a once roman landscape looking to charm the people with her love of the forest, music and dance.

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    The Nest - Jonny Noakes Photographer

    Rooted in Roman mythology as the deity of forests, fields, and herds, this Faun has found herself trotting along a once roman landscape looking to charm the people with her love of the forest, music and dance.

    Like all true fauns, her talent lies in brightening the heats of others, follow her glowing globe, join her in the dance to the sounds of her flute and allow her to lure you back into the cycles of nature and back to yourself, beneath the glow of the moon and her hypnotic hoop dance. All who come to see the Faun, should be prepared to dance and make merry.

    The Faun is a half goat half human creature from Roman mythology and symbolises peace, abundance, fertility, creativity, and magic. Intrinsically intertwined with the natural world, these merry creatures would often appear playing their flutes and leading travellers astray into the forest to dance and play.

    This is a promenade performance (starting at The Nest) that celebrates and incorporates #therovingmoon

    Performed by Danielle de la Wonk Danielle has creativity, community and lifting people up at the heart of all her endeavours. Chester born and bred, she has contributed to many roots’ communities and events over the years in her bid to be part of the Chester cultural landscape and help it thrive. 

    Duration: Approx 40 mins

    Contact Details:

    The Nest, 22 Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NQ

    Tel:

    01244 409113

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  5. Chester Zoo Lanterns

    Chester

    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.

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    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo
    The Lanterns return this Christmas at Chester Zoo

    The Lanterns at Chester Zoo is back for another MAGICAL year, and is set to be as enchanting as ever. Join us as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and plenty of cheer! 

    Join us for The Lanterns as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland! Escape to fantastical worlds, each different from the last, that will take you on an illuminating journey like no other! Be immersed in this magical and uniquely Chester Zoo evening event, giving you the chance to see the zoo in a whole new light. Let your imagination run wild, and discover incredible spaces, each filled to the brim with colourful lanterns, spectacular costumed characters and Christmas scenes.

    Contact Details:

    Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

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  6. Christmas Tree Festival

    Chester

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

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    Our annual Christmas Tree Festival returns for its ninth fabulous year in 2021.

    Join us for a delightful family event where, from the end of November, until the beginning of January, over 50 Christmas trees will sparkle and shimmer throughout the Cathedral.

    Open daily, from Saturday 27 November to Tuesday 4 January 2022.  Open normal Cathedral opening hours. If you are travelling especially to see the Christmas Tree Festival, please call us to ensure the event is fully open for the day of your visit. Free entry – donations welcome

    Contact Details:

    Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DY

    Tel:

    01244324756

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  7. Sunday Brunch with Santa

    Chester

    Join Santa for a magical Sunday Brunch inside the stunning thirteenth century Refectory at Chester Cathedral, during which magical family memories are made as children (and the young at heart) will meet Santa and children receive a selection box.

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    Join Santa for a magical Sunday Brunch inside the stunning thirteenth century Refectory at Chester Cathedral, during which magical family memories are made as children (and the young at heart) will meet Santa and children receive a selection box. Sittings at 9am and 11am. Recommended for 2-10 year old children. Tickets £7 - £10 Booking essential. Children under 2 free with any full paying adult

    Contact Details:

    Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DY

    Tel:

    01244 324756

    Website

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  8. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

    Chester

    On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realize the true meaning of Christmas.

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    Chester Cathedral at Christmas. credit Mark Carline

    On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realize the true meaning of Christmas. Charles Dicken's classic ghost story is brought alive in this wonderfully traditional production adapted for stage by Laura Turner, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance, and a magnificent original musical score. Join critically acclaimed Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this family treat, as Scrooge's frozen heart begins to melt, and he finally embraces the festive spirit in the most Christmassy of Christmas takes.

    Contact Details:

    Chester Cathedral, St. Werburgh Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DY

    Tel:

    01244 500 959

    Website

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  9. The Snowman and We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Chester

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

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    Snowman

    The Snowman Including 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.​

    Immerse yourself in this magical award-winning concert, set within the splendour of Chester Cathedral. Alongside The Snowman, enjoy We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

    Proudly presented by Carrot Productions – the world’s leading performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra – and featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians who bring even more fun by dressing as well-loved Christmas characters, first-class entertainment is guaranteed.

    Suitable for the whole family to enjoy together, it’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations, and is sure to create memories to cherish. These concerts often sell out, so book soon to avoid missing out on this extraordinary event.

    Please be aware that seats in the side aisles don't have a view of the orchestra, but will be able to see the 14 foot screen at the top of the aisle. Seats in the South Transept will have a side view of the orchestra and a view of a 14 foot screen. 

    Recommended age 3+. Concession prices are for under 18s, OAP's (65+), and students. Happy to offer a free carer seat on presentation of appropriate documentation. Please call or email the cathedral box office or carrot productions to enquire. 

     

    Contact Details:

    Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DY

    Tel:

    01244 500 959
  10. Oliver Twist!

    Chester, Chester

    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.

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    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.

    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 4 December.

    It’s Storyhouse’s second Christmas show since the pandemic started to decimate British theatre, with last years hit being shut on Boxing Day after having run for four weeks.

    Chester’s celebrated performing arts venues has been just about the busiest stage producer in the UK since last year and this comes off the back of a sell-out 110 performances in Grosvenor Park this summer to a remarkable 26,000 customers.

    Undaunted as ever, Storyhouse’s CEO Andrew Bentley, explains the company’s relentless determination to carry on at full speed “if you were lucky enough to catch A Christmas Carol before Boxing Day, or one of the 7,000 or so that watched online, you’ll have a sense of what is in store this Christmas. We’ve been auditioning the kids, the dogs, we’ve been practicing our dipping, Fagin may not be keen on splashing out at Christmas but we’re not going to let him have his way.  Christmas was never cancelled at Storyhouse last year even though it may have had a Bill Sykes-sized knock on the head.  We will be proceeding with criminal intent this year as ever, and are looking forward to our customers doing the same. The Stage’s rave review for last Christmas announced that “Storyhouse says bah-humbug… with a heartfelt celebration of hope over hopelessness. Three Christmas cheers to that!

    It will open Saturday 4 Dec and run until Sunday 16 January.

    There are a range of socially distanced and full capacity seating plans to suit all theatregoers’ tastes.

    Tickets go on sale noon Sunday 26 September for Storyhouse Members- join now for £4 a month. General sale from Friday 15 October.

    Storyhouse is officially the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre

     

    Contact Details:

    Storyhouse Theatre, Hunter Street, Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2AR

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  11. Moonlight Flicks at the Lambing Shed

    Chelford Road, Knutsford

    Fresh hot food will be available on the night from Lambing Shed – menu available soon! There will be a bar serving up ice cold craft beers, gin, cider, wine and prosecco as well as soft drinks, snacks and popcorn.

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    Moonlight Flicks comes to the Lambing Shed.

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    Pretty Woman (15)

    Film starts: 9:15 pm

     

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    House of Gucci (15)

    Film starts: 9:00 pm

    Fresh hot food will be available on the night from Lambing Shed – menu available soon! There will be a bar serving up ice cold craft beers, gin, cider, wine and prosecco as well as soft drinks, snacks and popcorn.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact Details:

    The Lambing Shed, Moseley Hall Farm, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8RB

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  12. Santa's Enchanted Grotto

    Chester

    Experience Santa’s Enchanted Grotto this Christmas! With surprises around every corner, you’ll be immersed in a magical journey though a wintry woodland. Follow the path to discover Santa’s Grotto where you’ll have an unforgettable visit with the big guy himself.

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    Experience Santa’s Enchanted Grotto this Christmas!

    With surprises around every corner, you’ll be immersed in a magical journey though a wintry woodland. Follow the path to discover Santa’s Grotto where you’ll have an unforgettable visit with the big guy himself.

    Santa’s Enchanted Grotto has been commissioned by Chester BID as a bespoke event for the city centre working with local makers and creatives to make it a truly unique experience.

    Chester BID (Business Improvement District) is a non-profit organisation funded by the wonderful businesses of Chester city centre to create an enticing overall visitor experience and ensure continued investment in the high street. The aim of the organisation is to make Chester a retail, business and leisure destination of choice where people are proud to live, work and visit. Learn more about Chester BID at www.chesterbid.co.uk and register for our www.experiencechester.co.uk consumer newsletter to keep in the know. 

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Pepper Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1EA

    Tel:

    01244 342 942

    Website

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  13. 12 Days of Christmas Parade

    Chester

    Kick off the festive season in Chester with the fantastic ‘12 Days of Christmas’ parade as it travels through the streets starting from Chester Town Hall. Full of music, lights, elves, real snow, and a few surprises!

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    Christmas Light Switch On Parade: 12 Days of Christmas c. Mark Carline
    Christmas Light Switch On Parade: 12 Days of Christmas c. Mark Carline
    Christmas Light Switch On Parade: 12 Days of Christmas c. Mark Carline
    Christmas Light Switch On Parade: 12 Days of Christmas c. Mark Carline
    Christmas Light Switch On Parade: 12 Days of Christmas c. Mark Carline
    Christmas Light Switch On Parade: 12 Days of Christmas c. Mark Carline

    Kick off the festive season in Chester with the fantastic ‘12 Days of Christmas’ parade as it travels through the streets starting from Chester Town Hall. Full of music, lights, elves, real snow, and a few surprises!

    Start Time: 7.00pm Location: Parade starts at Chester Town Hall and loops through the main streets of the city. Cost: FREE

    Contact Details:

    Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

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  14. Winter Watch Parade

    Chester

    Watch the Lord of Misrule and his ghoulish friends hit the cobbles for a riotous romp with a mischievous coterie of fire breathers, devils, skeletons, ice queens, Jack Frosts as the procession dances through the city centre.

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    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline

    Watch the Lord of Misrule and his ghoulish friends hit the cobbles for a riotous romp with a mischievous coterie of fire breathers, devils, skeletons, ice queens, Jack Frosts as the procession dances through the city centre.

    Location: Town Hall then loops around the City Centre. Time: 7:00pm Cost: FREE

    Contact Details:

    Town Hall, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ
  15. Winter Watch and Saturnalia Parade

    Chester

    Watch the Lord of Misrule and his ghoulish friends hit the cobbles for a riotous romp with a mischievous coterie of fire breathers, devils, skeletons, ice queens, Jack Frosts as the procession dances through the city centre.

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    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline
    Roman Saturnalia & Winter Watch Parades - c. Mark Carline

    Watch the Lord of Misrule and his ghoulish friends hit the cobbles for a riotous romp with a mischievous coterie of fire breathers, devils, skeletons, ice queens, Jack Frosts as the procession dances through the city centre.

    Location: Town Hall then loops around the City Centre. Time: 7:00pm Cost: FREE

    Contact Details:

    Town Hall, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ
  16. La Brasserie at The Chester Grosvenor

    Chester

    La Brasserie has been a firm favourite on Chester’s dining scene for over 20 years. 2018 sees a contemporary re-design, while still continuing to stand the test of time with the same impeccable service for which The Chester Grosvenor has been renowned for since 18

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    La Brasserie restaurant at The Chester Grosvenor
    La Brasserie restaurant at The Chester Grosvenor
    La Brasserie offering beautiful dishes using flavours and ingredients from home
    La Brasserie restaurant firm favourite on Chester’s dining scene for over 20 years
    Fresh cooking at La Brasserie in The Chester Grosvenor
    La Brasserie restaurant at The Chester Grosvenor
    La Brasserie restaurant at The Chester Grosvenor
    La Brasserie offering beautiful dishes using flavours and ingredients from home
    La Brasserie restaurant firm favourite on Chester’s dining scene for over 20 years
    Fresh cooking at La Brasserie in The Chester Grosvenor

    La Brasserie has been a firm favourite on Chester’s dining scene for over 20 years. 2018 sees a contemporary re-design, while still continuing to stand the test of time with the same impeccable service for which The Chester Grosvenor has been renowned for since 1865.

    A glamorous new Champagne bar takes centre stage, serving everything from Cappuccinos to Cosmopolitans and an exquisite selection of Champagne. Open daily from 11am, a casual brunch, lunch and dinner menu can be enjoyed within the bar.

    Offering modern, fresh cooking, La Brasserie’s vibrant 2 AA Rosette restaurant prepares beautiful dishes using flavours and ingredients from home and abroad.

    Reservations are recommended for the restaurant. Within the bar area, we accept reservations for groups of 5 guests or more. When making a reservation, you may be asked for credit card details. This is only to secure your booking; no payment is taken at this stage. Full terms and conditions can be viewed when making your reservation online.

    La Brasserie welcomes guests without hotel reservations.

    Opening times:

    Casual Dining  Daily from 12pm - 9:30pm   A La Carte Lunch Monday to Sunday, Noon - 2:30pm A La Carte Dinner Monday to Friday, 5pm - 8pm

    Reservations are recommended for all a la carte bookings. For bookings with more than 8 guests, please contact us directly.

    Contact Details:

    Eastgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LT

    Tel:

    01244 895618

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  17. Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge

    Pulford, Chester

    Palm Court Restaurant Bar & Piano Lounge at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa is a unique and captivating dining venue offering exquisite British and European cuisine.

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    Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge located within Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa in Chester, Cheshire is a unique and captivating dining venue offering quality British and European cuisine.

    Experience an unparalleled ambience whilst enjoying inspired all-day dining from a range of creative menus, from breakfast, brunch and lunch to the a la carte evening menu and Afternoon Tea. Our talented kitchen team prides itself on creating refined seasonal dishes using locally-sourced produce, cooked simply and served with the utmost attention to detail.

    Palm Court is a garden room restaurant without compare, embodying the very best of casual luxury. The impressive yet intimate restaurant is an airy oasis characterised by its chic décor and luxurious features. The bright conservatory sparkles with a dazzling juxtaposition of greenery from the Kentia Palm tree and light reflecting from the mirrored interior and elegant crystal chandeliers.

    Palm Court also boasts an exclusive Laurent-Perrier wine cave, which houses almost 100 different varieties of old and new world wines, Champagnes, and a specially-curated selection of fine cellar wines. Mirrored walls and a crystal seed chandelier create an opulent and luxurious space, perfect for wine tastings and exclusive private dining for up to six guests.

    The ambience of this restaurant is elevated by captivating musical entertainment provided on selected dates with ‘Palm Court Presents…’, our series of live music sessions where talented guest artists are welcomed to enhance your experience with fantastic live music and entertainment.

    The Chester restaurant is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as specialty cocktails, teas and coffees every Monday through to Saturday. Grosvenor Pulford’s renowned roast carvery can be enjoyed exclusively on Sundays. Palm Court is designed to be enjoyed all day, every day and for any occasion from casual to special events.

    Contact Details:

    The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Wrexham Road, Pulford, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 9DG

    Tel:

    01244 570560

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  18. 1539 Restaurant, Bar & Late Lounge

    Chester

    Restaurant 1539 at Chester Racecourse offers the most unique backdrop in which to enjoy a drink, savour a delicious dinner, pop in for an express lunch or mingle in the Roof Lounge at the weekend.

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    1539’s cellar boasts an impressive collection of Champagnes, wines and spirits - 1539 Restaurant, Bar & Late Lounge

    Named after the year racing first began in Chester, 1539 Restaurant & Bar is Chester Racecourse’s award-winning dining venue, offering quality food and service all year round. The unique positioning of 1539 offers a sought-after panoramic view of the world’s oldest racecourse as a backdrop to your dining experience.

    Dine on AA Rosette awarded cuisine, with the varied menu offering twists on British classics alongside dishes inspired by flavours from across the globe and a quintessential Afternoon Tea offering. 

    On racedays the glass-fronted restaurant offers spectacular views of the final furlong, whilst the roof terrace provides a premium atmosphere from which to enjoy a light lunch, raceday action and evening cocktails. 

    Contact Details:

    Chester Racecourse, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2LY

    Tel:

    01244 734114

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  19. Rowton Hall Hotel & Spa

    Chester

    Just minutes from Chester city centre, but nestled in secluded grounds. Historic and grand, yet with a relaxed, friendly feel that makes every welcome genuinely warm. Discover a very different country house hotel and spa in Chester.

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    Rowton Hall Hotel & Spa, nestled in secluded grounds.
    Rowton Hall Hotel & Spa, historic and grand, yet with a relaxed, friendly feel
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    Just minutes from Chester city centre, but nestled in secluded grounds. Historic and grand, yet with a relaxed, friendly feel that makes every welcome genuinely warm. Discover a very different country house hotel and spa in Chester.

    Rowton Hall Hotel & Spa is set amidst eight acres of gardens and pastureland, is a highly rated luxury 4-star, 39-bedroom hotel and is just 2½ miles from the Roman City of Chester. Formerly a Georgian Manor House built in the 18th century, the Chester hotel retains many of the original features, including the original carved wood winding staircase, oak panelled corridors and Inglenook fireplace.

    Dining is in the oak panelled Langdale Restaurant, which uses the freshest ingredients and homegrown fruit and vegetables from the hotel’s kitchen garden.

    Each of the Luxury bedrooms, Junior suites and Master suites are individually decorated and equipped with every modern amenity including satellite television, free wireless internet access, a personal safe and luxury bathrobes.

    The Spa has four luxury treatment rooms with showers in each. The Health Club has a 12 metre Indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room and well-equipped gymnasium. Outdoors, there is a croquet lawn and a floodlit tennis court.

    Perfect for Weddings, where the most popular option is to hire the hotel exclusively for the event over the weekend, where guests can fully take advantage of all the facilities and stunning surroundings. There are four main event suites for up to 200 guests, with smaller rooms available as syndicate rooms.

    Call: +44 (0)1244 335 262

     

    Contact Details:

    Whitchurch Road, Rowton, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 6AD

    Tel:

    01244 335262

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  20. ABode Chester

    Chester

    ABode Chester is a luxury 4* hotel located in the heart of Chester.

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    ABode Chester is a luxury 4* hotel located in the heart of Chester. With unparalleled views of England’s oldest working racecourse, the contemporary ABode Chester offers a warm welcome in the heart of the city, complemented by relaxed Brasserie dining and a modern, stylish and sophisticated design. The trademark room categories - Comfortable, Desirable, Enviable, Most Enviable and Fabulous - offer a distinctive style with quality and comfort at their core. A luxury bed and the clean lines of a contemporary ensuite bathroom come as standard. Brasserie Abode is located on the fifth floor of ABode Chester, with panoramic views over Chester Racecourse and the magnificent Welsh hills beyond. The all-day menu features plats du jour of classic dishes and homely favourites. Drop by for brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails and take in some of the best views in the county.   

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DJ

    Tel:

    01244 347000

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Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Chester Christmas Market (53.19105,-2.89212)Open Air Storytelling (53.19397,-2.88679)0.43
Open Air Storytelling (53.19397,-2.88679)Choir on the Canal (53.19335,-2.89501)0.5
Choir on the Canal (53.19335,-2.89501)The Faun – A Street Performance (53.19019,-2.89176)0.37
The Faun – A Street Performance (53.19019,-2.89176)Chester Zoo Lanterns (53.22157,-2.88488)3.17
Chester Zoo Lanterns (53.22157,-2.88488)Christmas Tree Festival (53.19126,-2.89026)3.05
Christmas Tree Festival (53.19126,-2.89026)Sunday Brunch with Santa (53.19126,-2.89026)0
Sunday Brunch with Santa (53.19126,-2.89026)Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (53.19126,-2.89026)0
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (53.19126,-2.89026)The Snowman and We're Going on a Bear Hunt (53.19126,-2.89026)0
The Snowman and We're Going on a Bear Hunt (53.19126,-2.89026)Oliver Twist! (53.19196,-2.89215)0.13
Oliver Twist! (53.19196,-2.89215)Moonlight Flicks at the Lambing Shed (53.29285,-2.34964)34.07
Moonlight Flicks at the Lambing Shed (53.29285,-2.34964)Santa's Enchanted Grotto (53.18838,-2.88907)34
Santa's Enchanted Grotto (53.18838,-2.88907)12 Days of Christmas Parade (53.19105,-2.89212)0.32
12 Days of Christmas Parade (53.19105,-2.89212)Winter Watch Parade (53.19178,-2.89215)0.07
Winter Watch Parade (53.19178,-2.89215)Winter Watch and Saturnalia Parade (53.19178,-2.89215)0
Winter Watch and Saturnalia Parade (53.19178,-2.89215)La Brasserie at The Chester Grosvenor (53.19071,-2.88882)0.23
La Brasserie at The Chester Grosvenor (53.19071,-2.88882)Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge (53.12196,-2.93726)7.48
Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge (53.12196,-2.93726)1539 Restaurant, Bar & Late Lounge (53.18903,-2.8972)7.14
1539 Restaurant, Bar & Late Lounge (53.18903,-2.8972)Rowton Hall Hotel & Spa (53.17274,-2.82964)4.37
Rowton Hall Hotel & Spa (53.17274,-2.82964)ABode Chester (53.18674,-2.8941)4.12
ABode Chester (53.18674,-2.8941)Leonardo Hotel Chester (53.18891,-2.88953)0.35
Total Distance *99.79 miles
Estimated Journey Time3.21 hours

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