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Chester’s Gingerbread Village

November 16 - December 22

Head to Chester's Gingerbread Village this year to create your own gift bags and wrapping paper, add to the gingerbread paper chain and much more!

Meet chELFie and ELFie and pick up your Chester Christmas Passport

November 16 - December 22

Every Saturday (11-4.30) and Sunday (11.30-3.30) throughout the Christmas season Chester’s very own elves will be out and about spreading festive cheer! They'll be handing out Official Chester Christmas Passports and stamping pages for those on their festive journey across the city centre. Chester Christmas Passports can also be picked up at the Visitor Information Centre next to Chester Town Hall and Chester's Gingerbread Village where you can learn to fold your own (video coming soon). Get your passport stamped at: CH1…

Chester Christmas Market

November 16 - December 22

A magical Christmas all wrapped up! Chester Christmas Market will be back in the heart of Chester from 16th November - 22nd December. Get the festive feeling this winter spoil yourself at the Chester Christmas Markets. A handmade, historical, magical experience awaits you with over 70 traditional wooden chalets surrounding the iconic sparkling tree in the heart of the city centre while the CheSTAR points you in the direction of gold, frankincense and myrrh (or glühwein, frankfurters and mince pies!)…

Gingerbread Christmas and Festive Fun

November 23 - December 21

23rd November – 21st December Enjoy festive fun with the kids at The Grosvenor Shopping Centre. During various dates between 23rd November and 21st December kids can enjoy free gingerbread decorating at the centre's winter workshops. The Mini Makery team will be on hand 14th December where kids can make a free Christmas card or a Christmas decoration for a price of £4 with 10% of the proceeds donated to Hospice of the Good Shepherd. There will also be a…

FREE Santa Letter Writing Workshop at The Entertainer

November 23 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until November 23, 2019

The Entertainer, Chester, Foregate St, 10am – 4pm The first Santa Letter Writing Workshop is this weekend! Come and write your letter to Santa with help from the friendly store elves at The Entertainer who will ensure the letters are sent to Santa who will reply in time for Christmas for FREE! There will be loads of free activities including: Christmas Activity sheets Snow Flake Making Finger Elf Puppets Share you photos with #LittleFestiveMoments!

Free Film Screening of Dr Seuss’ The Grinch

November 24

Join us at The Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester for a screening of this newly animated Christmas Classic on Sunday 24th November 2019 at 2pm. In the town of Whoville, human-like creatures called Whos are filled with excitement about celebrating Christmas. The only one who isn't amused is a cantankerous, green furred creature called The Grinch, who has a heart "two sizes too small" and lives in a cave on the top of Mount Crumpit just north of Whoville.…

Lunch Break Christmas Card Drop-in at The Watergate Street gallery

November 25 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Monday, repeating until December 16, 2019

Monday 25th November 12.30- 2pm £5 pp Do something different with your lunch break and make two fabulous, artistic Christmas cards. Art materials included. Every Monday from 25th November up to 16th December Click here to book your tickets

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Lantern Parade

November 28

Come along to Chester for this festive parade to watch school children following the Queen of Light with warm glow of their lanterns.  Thursday 28th November 2019, 7pm. The parade starts by the Town Hall, Northgate Street, loops around the city and ends in the same place at around 8pm.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Panto at The Forum Studio Theatre

November 29, 2019 - January 14, 2020

view show times and book tickets here or in person at the Visitor Information Centre next to Chester Town Hall. 29 Nov 2019 - 4 Jan 2020 Cost: £7 or a family ticket for £28 Tip Top returns with its annual traditional pantomime - this year it is the family favourite Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.

The Spirit of Christmas

November 29

A truly magical evening that awaits you at Chester Cathedral on Friday 29th November, ensuring the festive season starts with a sparkle for the great and good of Cheshire. Matthew Kelly invites you to The Neuromuscular Centre's Spirit of Christmas, the annual concert of festive readings and music. Date: Friday 29th November Time: 7pm Venue: Chester Cathedral With several stars of stage, television and film, our 24th Spirit of Christmas promises to be a glitzy and glamorous affair, complete with plenty of Champagne to…

Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival 2019

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Chester Cathedral's annual Christmas Tree Festival will once again light up the cloisters, and this year they are using the theme of sustainability, recycling and re-using – the grand finale to their year of waves and in support of Adoption Matters and Stick ‘n’ Step.  Children can follow the Nativity Trail around the trees and cathedral. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite tree – to support our two nominated charities. The Christmas Tree Festival is open from 9am – 6pm…

Storytelling with Santa

November 30 - December 22

Saturday 30 November - Sunday 22 December, Storyhouse, Northgate Street, Chester Every Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun from Saturday 30 November Make Christmas truly magical this year with Storytelling with Santa! Join Santa in the North Pole Storytelling Room at Storyhouse, tell him your Christmas wishes and listen to his Christmas story. Children will also receive a festive gingerbread biscuit. £4.50 a child, each child can take one adult in for free Additional adult £3.50 Recommended for children aged 18…

Free Film Screening of The Polar Express

December 1

Join us at The Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester on Sunday 1st December 2019 for a magical screening of The Polar Express.  Film begins at 2pm Late on Christmas Eve night, a boy (Daryl Sabara) lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa's sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engine's roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor (Tom Hanks) invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to…

Elsa and Olaf Meet and Greet Lunch

December 1

FESTIVE DINING at Olive Tree Brasserie, Watergate Row, Chester FROZEN Be transported to the wonderland of Frozen, meeting Olaf and Elsa! Enjoy a delicious lunch and dessert, not forgetting to take home a free festive present. 1st December | 11am – 2pm £10.00 per child Includes – meet and greet Elsa and Olaf, lunch, dessert and free gift. Please note child ticket to be paid upon booking to secure your place. Call 01244 956643 to book  

Chester Santa Dash

December 1 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This year's Chester Santa Dash is taking place on Sunday 1st December! Sign up now to get a discount on your entry fee!

Michael Buble Tribute at The Refectory

December 4

Enjoy a Festive 3 course meal whilst listening to Michael Buble Tribute Wednesday 4th December at 7pm in The Refectory, Chester Cathedral. To book click here or call 01244 500959

Winter Watch Parade

December 5

Thursday 5th December 2019, 7pm This spectacular event is based on Chester’s 15th-century tradition of ‘Setting the Watch’, when the city leaders handed over the keys of Chester to the City Watch – the early police force – after processing around the city to ensure it was secure. The Winter Watch Parade combines colourful costumes and a collection of characters to provide a popular festive event. Celebrate Christmas with the Lord of Misrule, devils and dragons, dancing and sword fights,…

Makaton-Friendly Santa

December 7

Drop into Chester Grosvenor Museum on 7 December anytime between 11am-1pm or 2-4pm to meet Makaton-Friendly Santa! Makaton uses signs and symbols to help people communicate. It is designed to support spoken language. Chester is aiming to become the first Makaton-friendly city in the UK. To celebrate this we welcome families to visit our ‘Signing Santa’. We’ll also be offering activities such as ‘Festive Foods through Time’ and making unique Christmas decorations to help us bedeck our Period House Christmas Tree, and…

Gingerbread House Workshop at The Alchemist

December 7
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One event on December 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

Get into the Gingerbread Spirit by building a Gingerbread House at The Alchemist, St John Street, Chester Saturday 7th December at 10.30am Saturday 14th December at 10.30am £15 including a non-alcoholic cocktail £19 including a Christmas Cocktail Deposit of £10pp required to secure the booking. Call 01244 319425 to book

Build Your Own Gingerbread House Workshops

December 7 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on December 14, 2019 at 10:30 am

An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Saturday 7th & Saturday 14th December at 10.30am at The Alchemist Chester. Build your own Gingerbread House with help from an expert! £15 including a non-alcoholic cocktail £19 including a Christmas Cocktail. Deposit of £10pp required to secure the booking. 01244 319425

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Free Film Screening of Frozen Sing Along

December 8

Experience Frozen, the hit musical comedy from Walt Disney as a full length Sing-Along Edition at The Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester on Sunday 8th December 2019 at 2pm. Follow the lyrics with a bouncing Frozen snowflake. Join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey– teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and a snowman named Olaf – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. It’s pure…

Nativity at The Cross by St Peter’s Church

December 8

Come along to The Cross in Chester City Centre for St  Peter's production:  NATIVITY AT THE CROSS 8TH DECEMBER 2019 4.00PM ADDRESS:  St. Peter's Church, Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LA PHONE: 01244 403634 EMAIL:


December 9 - December 10

PRESENTED BY THEATRETRAIN 13-18s Theatretrain is a visiting company. Pupils from Theatretrain's schools in Chester, Wrexham and Mold join forces once again to present an evening of music. Performing on the Forum's pantomime set the pupils, all aged between 13 and 18 will perform a celebration of the musical events of 2019 and also a welcome to the start of the festive season. The Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Pl, Chester CH1 2BH   Times and tickets: Performances at 7pm. Run time…

Winter Watch and Saturnalia Parade

December 12

Thursday 12th December 2019, 7pm (6.30pm performances on Eastgate Street) Come to Chester on this Thursday evening to experience the special event that merges two fantastic parades. Winter Watch is a historic event when the city leaders would hand over the keys to the city watch and the Saturnalia parade sees a re-enactment of a roman mid-winter celebration, the Roman legion light up the streets with a torch-lit parade.  An event unique to Cheshire, you wont be able to see…

Christmas Party Night in The Refectory

December 13

The Big Time Fun Band presents 70s Fever and The 80s Team in The Refectory, Chester Cathedral on Friday 13th December 2019. Prosecco and canapes served from 7pm in the Christmas tree lined cloisters followed by dinner at 7.30pm £55 per person To Book online click here or call 01244 500959

Make Your Own Christmas Card 

December 14

Head to Chester’s Grosvenor Museum to get in the festive spirit! Make a Christmas card in the gallery using our craft materials. Self-led. Grosvenor Museum, CH1 2DD. Cost: FREE, suggested donation £1.50 Self-led event.  Opening Times: 10.30 - 5.00

Free Film Screening of Dr Seuss’ The Grinch

December 15

Join us at The Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester for a screening of this newly animated Christmas Classic on Sunday 15th December 2019 at 2pm. In the town of Whoville, human-like creatures called Whos are filled with excitement about celebrating Christmas. The only one who isn't amused is a cantankerous, green furred creature called The Grinch, who has a heart "two sizes too small" and lives in a cave on the top of Mount Crumpit just north of Whoville.…


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One event on December 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Sunday 15th and Friday 20th December, La Brassarie, Grosvenor Hotel, Eastgate Street, Chester A two course lunch, with welcome glass of Champagne accompanied by the fabulous 'Handbag of Harmonies', complete with feather boas, glitzy handbags and dazzling choreography. £38 per person READ MORE

Christmas Carol Concert

December 18 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

To book your tickets call 01244 366672 or email

Carols by Candlelight

December 21

Join Chester Bach Singers for a mix of carols and seasonal music, including Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Audience participation optional, but more fun if you do. Enjoy a complimentary drink and a mince pie during the interval. Saturday 21 December 7.30pm St Werburgh’s RC Church, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, CH1 1QJ Stephen Carleston (organ), Megan Rickard (harp) Tickets: £12 adults; £5 students and under 18s. Includes seasonal refreshments.

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