Things to do at Christmas time in Cheshire
December is here so we don’t have to pretend not to be excited about Christmas anymore. Only 21 sleeps until the big day! So crack open the mulled wine, crank up the Christmas songs and read on to find out about all the best things to do in Cheshire this December.
Chester’s Winter Watch Parade
Thursday 7 December 2017
The dark winter’s evening will be lit up by a loud and colourful parade of Christmas. The traditional parade of light and sound will march through the streets of Chester. This is a great spectacle with everyone dressed up in amazing costumes. It starts from the Town Hall Square and leads around the city centre taking in St. Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, Bridge Street, The Cross and Northgate Street. The parade is led by a Samba band and has a real festival atmosphere. Starts 7pm.
Chester Christmas Market
Thursday 16 November – Wednesday 20 December 2017
Town Hall Square, Northgate Street, Chester
Chester’s Christmas Market is back! As usual it will be situated outside Chester’s historic Town Hall, Library and Cathedral! The Christmas market is free to enter and is the perfect place to browse the 70 traditional wooden chalets in the quest for fabulous and unique gifts
There will also be a bountiful supply of delicious hot food and drinks, including tasty mulled wine and hot chocolate; the perfect way to keep warm whilst enjoying the market.
Open 7 days a week 10am to 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday with late night shopping on Thursdays until 8pm and until 7pm on Friday and Saturday
Gospel at Clonter Opera Theatre, Chester
Saturday 2 December 2017
For those of you who love a bit of gospel, the London Adventist Chorale returns to Chester to perform their annual Christmas special. This is one not to be missed as they are hailed as one of the world’s greatest gospel choirs.
Doors Open 6:00pm, Performance Starts 7:00pm
Carols By Candelight
Saturday 16 December 2017
St Werburghs, Chester
If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will! Join the Chester Bach singers for a mix of carols and seasonal music. This event is all about audience participation and is great fun. Added to which you receive a complimentary seasonal glass of mulled wine and a mince pie during the interval.
Chester Round the Walls Run
Boxing Day December
This does what it says in the tin, it is a run around Chester city walls, Although weather and the condition of the walls have caused some variations to the route over the years, this event has been held every Boxing Day since its inception in 1972. The standard route is between 4.5 and 5 miles, starting on the Roodee racecourse and following almost the full 2-mile length of the Roman and Medieval walls, to finish back on the racecourse.
Christmas Floral Extravaganza
Saturday 2 – Thursday 7 December 2017
Arley Hall & Gardens
Every day between 2 and 7 December each room in the Hall will be decorated with hundreds of fresh flowers and foliage from the Arley estate gardens. Individual florists and students from floristry colleges decorate rooms in the hall in a traditional and stunning style.
The Chapel is also decorated and local schools are invited to each decorate a Christmas tree which will be on display in the Cruck Barn, make sure you vote for your favourite!
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Head to Tatton Park and learn about the symbolism behind this well-known Christmas carol. Go on a magical journey through the festive Christmas Mansion and be inspired by turtle doves, gold rings and ladies dancing! If you search hard enough you may find festive treats and seasonal craft demonstrations on offer.
Open various days throughout December. Check out whats on at Tatton Park.
5-24 December 10.30-3pm
A magical herd of deer are in Dunham Massey this December – find all eight of them including Rudolph and you may just receive a chocolate reward!
Christmas at Dunham Massey
Go on a magical, mystical illuminated trail as the gardens at Dunham Massey become a twinkling Winter wonderland. The one mile sparkling path winds its way through the historic woodland in a magical after dark experience. After your stroll under the stars, you can top it off with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air – perfection!.