Christmas in Chester

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Experience Christmas in Chester City Centre!

We’re inviting you to spend Christmas in one of the UK’s most festive cities! Chester city centre is the perfect place to make memories at Christmas  whether that be events, gift gathering or enjoying jolly tipples with friends.

This year, Chester City Centre brings you Santa’s Enchanted Grotto, Storyhouse’s Cinderella, Christmas Market and more! All encapsulated in an enchanting glow of Christmas lights and festivities… 

With more people comes more magic, so this Christmas we’re inviting you to Chester! #MoreTheMerrier

Spend Christmas in Chester

Step into the heart of Chester and you’ll find an enchanting city centre, that’s both filled with emerging and established brands. Before you carry on reading to see all of our festive goings on, here are some offers that will catch your eye!

At Christmas Chester has a whole bag of events to get in your diary! 

From those that bring the whole city to life, such as the 12 days of Christmas parade, annual Winter Watch Parade and Santa Dash. 

To the interactive experiences such as Storehouse’s Cinderella and Chester BIDs Santa’s Enchanted Grotto. 

By clicking here you will see the need to know in Chester’s goings on.

Step into the wonderful world of Alice with Santa’s Enchanted Grotto, Alice in Winterland!

This event is a sell out every year so book whilst there are still spaces available.


Christmas in Chester #MoreTheMerrier

Yes, you read it right! FREE city centre parking will be available during the weekends building up to Christmas, making coming into the city centre even more affordable. Free parking will take place at Chester Racecourse Car Park:

Saturday 25th Nov | Sunday 26th Nov

Saturday 2nd Dec | Sunday 3rd Dec

Saturday 9th Dec | Sunday 10th Dec

Saturday 16th Dec | Sunday 17th Dec

Saturday 23rd Dec | Sunday 24th Dec

Christmas Shop Front competition

Christmas Shop Front Competition!

Place your vote be liking your chosen stores shop front on our social channels and/or by voting via our survey.


Christmas in Chester #MoreTheMerrier

Give the gift of Chester in one handy gift card. 

From cosy cafes, inspirational shops, fine dining restaurants, bespoke hotels, quirky boutiques and experiences. 

Take the decision out of gifting and let them choose where to spend with Chester’s only citywide gift card.