Chester Cathedral will be aglow this December with a first-ever Christmas Tree Festival.

The festival, the first of its kind in the cathedral’s history, will feature more than 40 majestic Christmas trees, transforming the cathedral cloisters into tree-lined winter walkways.

The community-focused event will include trees decorated by schools and businesses from Chester and Cheshire including Boodles, John Lewis, Chester Racecourse and the University of Chester.

Heritage manager Nick Fry said: “We are very excited about this year’s festival and we hope our visitors will be too. The trees look truly spectacular in the cathedral’s medieval cloisters”.

Vice Dean Peter Howell-Jones added: “The Christmas Tree Festival is a great opportunity for us to give something back to the local community. It’s wonderful to see the involvement of so many schools and local businesses”.

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Proceeds from the festival will go to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and will include a memory trees for visitors to write messages to loved ones who have passed away on star decorations and hang them from the branches.

The exhibition will run from Saturday to January 6 and will be open daily. Entry will be free of charge and visitors can vote for their favourite trees.