Christmas is a magical time of the year. A time to eat, drink, and be merry with family and friends. If you’re in Chester, you’re in luck, as there are tons of Christmassy things to do in this beautiful city.
Prepare to cheer on the beautiful lights this year with our list of the top things to do and see during the Christmas season. We will guide you on what to do, places to visit, and where to shop and make merry.
As the country reopens after the prolonged closures occasioned by COVID-19, you can look forward to having a great time and enjoying the Christmas spirit to the fullest. Below is a look at things to see and do during Christmas in Chester 2021.
Update for 2023:
Chester Christmas Market at the Town Hall Square
The Chester Christmas Market will run this year from November 16th to December 22nd. It’s ideal for anyone who is looking for something nostalgic and magical. Unlike other markets, the Chester Christmas market is not commercialized and occurs at the heart of the city centre.
There will be more than seventy traditional wooden chalets draped around the annual Christmas tree as is tradition. Use this opportunity to browse locally produced treats and gifts, handmade crafts, hot mulled wine, and even stocking fillers.
Before you leave, make sure to fill up with the tasty hog roast bap before making your way to the Real Ale Bar. It’s where you need to be if you want to enjoy a regional cask ale or festive cocktail before heading back home.
The Chester Christmas market runs every day of the week and operates from the city’s Town Hall Square. It is a FREE entry event.
Virtual Christmas Market
As was the case last year, the virtual Chester Christmas market will once again be open this year to anyone who would like to indulge in some last-minute shopping. The virtual market will go live on Facebook starting on November 18th and remain open until December 22nd.
The market offers an amazing line-up of gift ideas, crafts, and food and drink. You’re bound to have a great time shopping from the comfort of your home. Be sure to check the official Chester Christmas Market Facebook page to learn the opening and closing times.
Visit the Chester Zoo for a Magical Experience
Why not start your countdown of the Christmas holidays with a visit to the Chester Zoo? Beginning on November 12th to December 23rd, the zoo will present you with a chance to explore its magical wonderland filled with sprinkling snow and sparkly lights.
It’s an opportunity to give your family valuable memories that they will continue to remember for the rest of their lives. They will get to encounter new colorful and fantastical worlds full of traditional festive scenes and animal-inspired illuminations that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
During the visit, you will get to visit eleven different fantastical worlds, with each world being utterly different from the previous one. It’s a tour that will take you on a remarkable journey characterized by entirely new worlds that are bound to leave your imagination running wild.
What’s more, every ticket you purchase will help to assure the continuity of the Chester Zoo.
Make Your Way to the Royal Mint
What better time to experience the Royal Mint Experience than during Christmas? As the Christmas holidays approach, make your way to the Royal Mint Experience for a festive snow outing with your family and friends.
Filled with a blanket of snow, this is a chance to tour Santa’s workshop and learn about the history of coins in stockings and how elves have been making toys for years. And this is in addition to sorting letters alongside the Royal Mint’s coins.
A trip to the Royal Mint should provide a magical time for the entire family. It’s a place steeped in rich history, which offers children a chance to meet and interact with Santa. At the end of the trip, each child will get to leave with a shiny gift for themselves.
Christmas Craft Fair at the Goshawk
The Goshawk held a Christmas craft fair in 2020, which was hugely successful. Its success motivated them to make it an annual event. Start your Christmas holidays by visiting the Goshawk on Saturday, November 13th, for its craft fair.
The fair brings together amazing crafters, independent local businesses, designers, and other community members for a mid-morning session of Christmas celebrations. On offer will be fantastic foods and bespoke gifts and products.
Walk around the restaurant, sampling the unique products as you listen to live acoustic Christmas songs being played in the background.
Attend the Snowman Tour at the Chester Cathedral
Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the irresistible and incredible tale of The Snowman at Chester Cathedral. Accompanied by a live orchestra, the event will run from December 18th and be held at various times.
It’s ideal for families and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The Snowman tale will help to get you into the Christmas spirit as you take in the heart-warming experience. It’s an event that features much-loved classics and helps bring your Christmas spirit to life.
Returning for its ninth year, The Snowman features leading global performers and is a Christmas delight for the whole family.
Christmas Adventure Quest at Beeston Castle
When was the last time you went on a real-life adventure at a castle with your kids or friends? This year, Beeston Castle and Woodland Park are giving you a chance to go on a Christmas adventure quest starting from November 27th to December 19th.
During the quest, you will be expected to follow the trail searching for clues placed all over the castle. The Christmas adventure quest lets you discover fun facts and engage in festive folklore as you make your way around the court.
Christmas Boat Parties
In December, Chester Boat will be lighting up River Dee with their renowned and widely revered Christmas parties. After taking a break last year due to COVID, they hope to make this year’s parties bigger and better than ever before.
The Christmas Party Nights Afloat is recommended for office parties, hangout parties with family and friends, and people looking for a party with a nautical twist. Christmas jumpers, fancy dresses, and costumes are always welcome.
Clothes Swap and Repair Café at the Grosvenor Museum
Are you tired of your old clothes and fancy getting new ones without having to spend a penny? You’re in luck! The Grosvenor Museum will be holding a clothes swap event this year on December 4th. You’re invited to bring your old clothes, or those you no longer wear to trade for new pieces.
The event starts at eleven in the morning and continues until four in the afternoon. There will be clothes for people of all ages, genders, sizes, and shapes. The more variety you can bring to the clothes swap, the better!
Seasonal swaps and Christmas jumpers are highly welcomed.
Apart from the clothes swap, the museum will also be running a repair café at the same venue. Use this opportunity to pick up new skills and techniques for mending torn clothes. Attendees are invited to carry any clothes that may need repairs.
There will be talented volunteers on site who can help give the clothes a new lease of life.
Although Christmas is still a few months away, the events and activities mentioned above are all worth looking out for. Use the remaining time to research them, and make a list of what to see, where to go, and what to do during the Christmas holidays.
There are plenty of activities for people of all ages to indulge in and have a great time. Some are free, while others may require you to book tickets early.
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