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A Chester Christmas Experience

Want to experience a magical Christmas? Look no further than Chester, it has everything you need to fully enjoy the festive period. Markets, lights, parades, Santa, films and more, you can't go wrong in Chester!

Travelling couldn’t be simpler; our Chester station is just a short walk from all the Christmassy destinations and events mentioned. Plan your journey with Merseyrail using our Journey Planner on our website here.

Chester Markets

Chester Christmas Markets 900 X 370

Date: 18 November – 21 December

Location: Town Hall Square, Northgate Street (16 minute walk from Chester Station)

It’s not Christmas time without a trip to the Christmas Markets! There are 70 traders around the beautiful Christmas tree, all of which include festive treats such as crafts, clothing and stocking fillers. There is also tasty hot food and drink to enjoy whilst walking around.

What are you waiting for? Visit the link here to learn more and plan your journey with Merseyrail.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo Lanterns 900 X 370

Date: 11 November – 23 December

Location: Chester Zoo (The X1 bus service leaves from stop S5 outside of Chester train station and takes you to Chester Zoo main entrance in approximately 15 minutes)

Experience the festive favourite The Lanterns at Chester Zoo. This magical event is not one to miss; the glowing castle, huge white bear, lotus flowers, dragonflies, zebras and so much more will wow you and your loved ones.

As if that wasn’t enough, Father Christmas and the Christmas market with delicious food will be there too!

Click here for more information and to plan your journey with us.

The Showman Tour

 Cathedral 900 X 370

Date: 3 December

Location: Chester Cathedral, 11:15am – 12:15pm (16 minute walk from Chester Station)

Who doesn’t love watching Christmas films? Immerse yourself in one of the best festive films, The Snowman, and the brand new Shawn the Sheep short called The Flight Before Christmas, alongside a live orchestra. This event is perfect for all the family to enjoy!

Prices range from £12-16. To learn more and to book your tickets, click here.

Santa’s Enchanted Grotto

Enchanted Forest 900 X 370

Date: 25 November – 24 December

Location: The Grosvenor Shopping Centre (14 minute walk from Chester Station)

Make the little one’s Christmas wishes come true and visit Santa in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, which will be transformed into a Narnia-inspired winter wonderland.

To book your tickets, visit the Grosvenor Shopping Centre website via the link here.

12 Days of Christmas Parade

12 Days Of Christmas Parade 900 X 370

Date: 24 November

Location: Bridge Street (16 minute walk from Chester Station)

Want an amazing experience that will knock your fluffy Christmas socks off? and is FREE? Then attend the 12 Days of Christmas parade-it is full of music, fun, lights, elves and more! If this doesn’t get you in the festive spirit then nothing will.

Plan your journey with us here.

Image Credit: Mark Carline

Lanterns Parade

Lanterns Parade 900 X 370

Date: 30 November

Location: Town Hall, Northgate Street (16 minute walk from Chester Station)

If your face lights up for festive parades, you will love this! Attend the Lanterns Parade this Christmas and witness the hundreds of school children walk through Chester city centre with their hand made lanterns. This joyous event is free and starts at 7pm.

Image Credit: Mark Carline

Sunday Brunch with Santa

Grotto 3

Date: Every Sunday from 27 November – 18 December

Location: Chester Cathedral, St Weburgh Street (16 minute walk from Chester Station)

Santa Clause is coming to town! Join Santa for a Sunday Brunch, with tickets ranging from £10-£15. The suggested age is 1-10 years old, and each child will meet Santa and even receive a small gift! You won’t be disappointed with this.

Click here to book your tickets and for more information.

Shopping in Chester

Chester Shopping 900 X 370

Location: Chester (14 minute walk from Chester Station)

Shop till you drop at Chester! It’s the perfect place to buy your loved one’s Christmas gifts this year; there are two high streets and the Grosvenor Shopping Centre with to over 60 stores, so there is definitely a gift for everyone. It is also beautifully decorated with Christmas lights, making the experience so much more enjoyable and festive.

After all that shopping, why not make the most of it and have a bite to eat; there is a variety of lovely restaurants to enjoy with fabulous festive menus.

The Snow Queen

Snow Queen 900 X 370

Date: 10 December – 15 January

Location: Storyhouse Theatre, Hunter Street (17 minute walk from Chester Station)

If you love Frozen, you will love this! Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Snow Queen’ is a beautiful, classic and entertaining story about friendship, good and evil.

Even better, tickets are the Storyhouse’s most affordable Christmas show yet!

To learn more, click here.

Get there with Merseyrail

Travel to Chester with Merseyrail. Find your cheapest ticket and plan your journey with us here.

Check out more of our guides, events and locations across Merseyside that are just a short walk from one of our stations on the Destination Merseyside section of our website here.

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