Christmas in Chester
Above: Chester's city centre at Christmas time.
Chester is the ideal place to do your Christmas shopping and soak up
the festive atmosphere. It has a wide variety of shops
ranging from all the familiar high street names to specialist boutiques,
galleries and gift shops.
In the build up to Christmas the city centre
is hung with lights and the half timbered shops and unique two level rows
ooze Christmas spirit. There are Christmas trees and all sorts of events to
coax you into a festive mood.
Pre-Christmas events in the Chester city centre:
fair at Chester Racecourse on Tuesday the 15th November.
market outside the town hall runs every day from
Friday 18th November until Sunday 18th December. Find
all sorts of gift ideas or enjoy warming festive fare including traditional
mulled wine and hot chestnuts.
lantern Parade by local children takes place on
Thursday 1st December.
- Chester Santa Dash on Sunday
the 4th December fills the city centre with santas of all shapes and sizes
to raise money for two local children's charities.
Watch parades celebrate the winter
solstice on Thursday 8th & 15th December from 7pm.
an atmospheric venue for christmas music concerts. They have several
concerts in the
run up to Christmas, often by candlelight as well as a Christmas tree festival
in the cloisters.
Music Society has details of Christmas concerts in the city to get
you in to the festive spirit.
Parade - an ancient Roman celebration, takes
place on the 15th December.
- Chester Zoo has the chance to
meet Santa in December and they often have special festive events.
- The Visit
Chester web site lists lots of events in the run up to Christmas.
At the time of writing our self-catering holiday
still available for a couple of Christmas shopping breaks in December 2016.
During December, to get Christmas off to a festive start, we provide a decorated
welcome tray with
some Christmas goodies.
Some ideas for Christmas shopping in Chester
- Lush in Foregate Street sells delicious
handmade soap and cosmetics.
- Penhaligon's perfumers in Eastgate
Row South for fragrant gifts for both men and women.
- Boodles fine jewellery next to the
Grosvenor Hotel in Eastgate Street.
- Toycraft in Watergate Street is a traditional children's toy shop.
- Pylones on Foregate Street sells
quirky modern gifts.
- '...and Albert' in Eastgate
Row sells unusual fair trade gifts including jewellery, musical instruments,
home accessories and clothes. The proceeds support the And Albert Foundation's
work in West Africa.
- Bunting Queen in Handbridge
stocks unusual decorative homeware as well as materials and supplies for
- The Cheese Shop in Northgate Street stocks a mouthwatering selection of
cheeses, some matured in the cellars beneath the shop.
of Chester (Debenhams) in Eastgate Row is a classic English
department store with a wide range of fashion, home wares and gifts.
They have a cafe
in the old crypt, a restaurant and provide a personal shopper service.