If you’re hoping for lots of exciting festive activities to join in with this Christmas season, then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Chester!
Late night shopping, Christmas lights, lanterns and parades – it’s all happening in Chester with so much to see and do. The famous Christmas Markets will be back in the city centre from today and this evening from 7pm sees the annual Lights Switch On Parade through the city, which is not to be missed. Then from Friday, you don’t need to worry about having to get to the shops in the daytime, you can make an evening of it and do some late night shopping in Chester Grosvenor Shopping Centre where you can find a huge choice of gifts and Christmas goodies. You can get more information here and of course don’t forget late night shopping at Cheshire Oaks too!
Another one of Chester’s famous Christmas parades is the Winter Watch & Saturnalia Parade that takes place at 7pm on 14 December starting at the Forum Shopping Centre. You will see the Roman Legion light up the streets with torches and all the colourful characters of the Winter Watch Parade. The original Winter Watch Parade dates back to the 1400s when the city leaders would hand over the keys to the city to the City Watch after walking around the city to ensure it was all secure. A banquet and celebration of Christmas followed as the people knew that their city was safe. Click here for details.
From 24 to 30 November, you can enjoy The Lanterns at Chester Zoo with fabulous lanterns, performance and a sprinkle of Chester Zoo magic, not to mention Father Christmas and his helpers ensuring that all of the Christmas wishes can come true… To book your visit, click here.
Finally, for those of you who’d like a bit of a break from the shopping and hustle and bustle of the markets, a visit to the Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral is well worth a visit. From the end of November, you will find more than 40 beautifully decorated trees filling the cloisters and you can vote for your favourite or even sponsor and decorate a tree of your own.
And of course, if your feet are shouting at you and you fancy at sit down and some refreshments, you can’t go wrong popping into Rowton Hall for a little bit of lunch….!