1. Christmas Market
The final weekend of the Chester Christmas Market with more than 70 traditional wooden chalets in the Town Hall Square.
2. Buckley Rocks Christmas
Buckley Rocks Christmas at The Tivoli in Brunswick Road on Saturday. Two Christmas parties rolled into one, for children and adults. Children’s party runs from 1-4pm featuring Santa’s Grotto, Disney Characters, Snow Machine and children’s disco with DJ Carl Williams also photo booth, face painting, personal gifts, Usborne Books, Magic Chic Frames, sweets, gem jewellers, Krazy Crafts and Glitter Bug. £5 entry on the door. Adults indie night from 8pm onwards featuring The Jjohns and Babylon Leaf with DJ Craige Bowles. Tickets £10 advance. Call 01244 546201 or visit www.tivolivenue.com.
3. Jack and the Beanstalk
Tip Top Productions present Jack and the Beanstalk by Peter Swingler at the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place in Chester at 1pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Taking the title role of Jack will be Joe Woolford. Marking his pantomime debut, Joe will be well known to TV audiences from his appearance in The Voice, mentored by Rita Ora in the 2015 series. Tickets £11, concessions £9, family ticket £36. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.tiptopproductions.co.uk.
4. Chester FC
Chester FC v Aldershot in the Vanarama National League at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off 3pm. Seated: Adults £18, concessions £12, under 21s £10, 16-17-year-olds £5, 5-15 £3, under fives free. Standing: Adults £15, concessions £10, under 21 £10, 16-17-year-olds £5, 5-15 £3, under fives free. Car parking £2. Visit www.chesterfc.com for details.
5. The Spruce 2016
The Spruce 2016 at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road in Chester from 7pm on Saturday. A night which brings together 10 of the best local bands from Chester and its surrounding areas such as Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, Peaness, SunDown, greenroom, Cynic Notes, Nish Goyal, Seegulls, Turbulence, The Instinctive and Herbivore Men. Admission £6 in advance. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.
6. A Choral Christmas
Chester Cathedral Choir with Nick Fry performs A Choral Christmas carol concert in the Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday. Admission adults £17.50 and £10, children £5.
7. Zoot Serious
Zoot Serious and a Bellyful of Bop in concert at Alexander’s, Rufus Court in Chester on Saturday. Tickets £7 advance. Call 01244 401402 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.
8. Trevor Roots
Trevor Roots and The Collaborators in concert at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester on Saturday. Free before 9pm, £4 thereafter. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.
Aladdin - The Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto by Peter Rowe at the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday. It’s party time in old Shanghai and the Emperor is laying on a banquet to announce the engagement of the Princess to her rich suitor, the mysterious Abanazer. Widow Twankey’s woks are hot and Wishee Washee’s in a spin, but when Aladdin and the Princess meet on the street, sparks really start to fly. Can Aladdin defeat the evil Abanazer and claim the hand of the beautiful Princess? With more than 20 classic rock and soul songs, including I’m a Believer, Reach Out, ABC and Lean on Me played live by a company of actor-musicians, a red hot party is guaranteed. Served up with a generous helping of mad gags, shock frocks, knockabout and slapstick, it’s the sizzling Clwyd rock ‘n’ roll panto – a seasonal feast for all the family. Tickets £25-£20. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.
10. The Deportees
The Deportees from 2-5pm at Alexander’s in Rufus Court in Chester on Sunday. Free entry. Call 01244 401402 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.
11. Carriage Shed Carols
Carols at Carriage Shed in Chester on Sunday. Refreshments from 7pm, service starts 7.30pm. A contemporary carol service in the unique setting of the Carriage Shed by Chester station. Wrap up warm and come join Vineyard 53 for Carols at Carriage Shed. Set in the beautiful Carriage Shed by Chester train station, Carols at Carriage Shed will be a magical evening of carols, readings and Christmas fun, with a full live band, 20-piece choir, drama and creative multimedia. It’s the first ever event of its kind at Carriage Shed. Enjoy free hot drinks and snacks from 7pm, and take in the very best of the festive season in a unique, sheltered outdoor venue. Entry is free.
12. Music For Life
Music For Life Cheshire Youth Big Band in concert at Alexander’s, Rufus Court in Chester on Sunday. Tickets £7 advance. Call 01244 401402 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.
13. Family carols
Family carols in the stableyard at Tatton Park in Knutsford from 3-4pm on Sunday. Park entry charges apply. Call 01625 374400 or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk.
14. The Nutcracker
Paperfinch Theatre present The Nutcracker in the Clwyd Room at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 2pm on Sunday. Step into a magical world of bizarre contraptions, creative games and puzzles as you meet Billy, son of ice rink impresarios Barry and Francine, and help him find his confidence and creativity. Inspired by the classic story, this interactive play with storytelling, puzzles and music for children aged 11 and under and their families, explores rooms around Theatr Clwyd to tell this positive Christmas story ending with a skate on the ice. Tickets £10. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.
15. Alina Ibragimova
Violinist Alina Ibragimova in concert at the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 7.30pm on Sunday performing works by Bach and Ysaye. Born in Russia in 1985, Alina Ibragimova is one of the most intriguing and accomplished violinists of the younger generation. She studied at the Moscow Gnesin School prior to moving to Britain in 1995, to continue her studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. Alina starred in three concerts at the 2015 BBC Proms, performing two concertos and late night recitals, featuring Bach Partitas and Sonatas, which attracted capacity audiences. Tickets £17, concessions £15. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.