Christmas lights

Tarporley Christmas Lights Switch-On at the Chestnut Tree

Friday, December 5 is the Christmas Lights Switch-On at the Chestnut Tree in Tarporley, children from the Primary School and Decibellas Ladies' choir will be singing from 6pm.

Ellesmere Port Hospital Christmas Lights Switch-On

The lights are ready to be switched on at Ellesmere Port Hospital in the trees at the front of the hospital on Monday, December 8 at 6pm. Carols will be sung and there is a quiet time for reflection. Following the service tea and mince pies are served in the hospital. Lights can be lit in celebration and memory of a loved one or in celebration of an event. Forms are available at the hospital, by phoning 01244 366240 or you can donate on line at

Shows, services and concerts

Chester Cathedral Services

Go along to the cathedral for worship during advent, take in a carol concert, pick up the perfect present in The Gift Shop, rest weary shopper's feet in The Refectory or get lost in our astonishing tree-lined cloisters as part of our first ever Christmas Tree Festival.

Alice by Theatre in the Quarter

December 4 - January 10. Following the sell out success of A Christmas Carol and The Snow Queen, Theatre in the Quarter returns with another delightful production for all the family this Christmas.

The Snowman

Saturday, December 13. 12.15, 2.15 and 7.00. Something magical is happening at Chester Cathedral this Christmas! Carrot Productions are delighted to present a family-friendly Christmas concert featuring The Snowman film accompanied by a live, 25-piece professional orchestra

Alice in Wonderland by Little Actors' Theatre Company

Written by Lewis Carroll and adapted by Mike Lockley. Noon at Neston Town Hall on Saturday, December 13. The DramaTots will also present a Christmas Story

Kelsborrow Choir Christmas Concert

Christmas concert at The Hammond School, Hoole Bank, on December 19 at 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 including a glass of wine and  a mince pie from Katie West 01829 760507  Proceeds to the Stroke Association

Noel: A Chester Christmas

Chester Cathedral Choir carol concert. Saturday, December 20, 7.30pm. The cathedral’s most popular concert of the year! Join the Chester Cathedral Choir and Nick Fry for seasonal readings and carols.

Other events

Winter Wonderland at Chester Racecourse

November 14 - December 24. Winter Wonderland at Chester Racecourse is a premier UK Christmas destination with ice skating rink, fairground, market and other festive attractions.

Kidsmas Family Film Screenings

Join in some family fun at free screenings of classic family movies. Make the most of the opportunity to do your all important Christmas shopping. Prizes for Best Dressed Fancy dress! The films will be shown at the Grosvenor Museum and it is free to book tickets.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Exhibition

November 19 - January 6. Free entry. This Christmas, Chester Cathedral will take visitors on an exciting journey to the magical land of Narnia, transforming spaces within the magnificent building to bring C.S. Lewis’s classic tale ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ to life.

Chester Christmas Market

November 20 - December 14. Visiting shoppers will be able to revel in the choice of stalls at the new and improved FREE Christmas Market with over 70 traditional wooden chalets positioned outside Chester’s Town Hall. The new Chester Christmas Market will take place from November 20 until December 14 offering a variety of quality products, including crafts, clothing, jewellery, giftware and local food and drink from carefully chosen suppliers.

Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival

November 29 - January 6. Free entry. The festival will feature more than 40 majestic Christmas trees, transforming the cathedral cloisters into astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.

Winter Watch Parade

December 4. Karamba Samba as the ‘ghost band’ lead a fun parade of skeletons, Christmas cooks, angels and devils as they celebrate the Winter solstice. Dating from the 1400’s, local artists and community groups join together to celebrate the time when the city leaders would hand over the keys to the city watch. Watch out for the fire breathing and the skeleton Emperor! Follow the parade from Town Hall Square, down St. Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, Bridge Street, The Cross and Northgate Street. 7-8pm.

Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo

December 4-23. Make Christmas even more magical with an unforgettable night time journey through the zoo.

Garden Quarter Christmas Market

St Thomas of Canterbury Church. December 6. Beautiful gifts from many quality stalls. Delightful Bistro and live entertainment throughout the day. Buy your fresh Christmas trees and visit the real Father Christmas. The Market is opened by The Lord Mayor of Chester at 10.30am.

Free entry for a Cotebrook Christmas

Visitors will be able to take advantage of free admission to the centre on December 6-7 and December 13-14. For more information visit: or call: 01829 760506.

Operation Ho Ho Ho at The Egerton Arms

December 6-7. Small local businesses will exhibit their wares at the Christmas Market and create a fun filled day for everyone who attends. There will also be live music on December 6 from the fantastic Soul Provider.

Chester Santa Dash

On Sunday, December 7 it is the third Chester Santa Dash and it will be even better than last year when over 1700 Santas took to the streets of Chester and raised thousands of pounds for the Countess of Chester Hospital Babygrow Appeal and the Child Bereavement Service of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

Kingsway and Newton Christmas Light Up and Festive Market

Kingsway Shopping Parade. Santa's Grotto, carol singing, music, refreshments, gifts, crafts, stalls, face painting, food and a raffle. A fun evening, all welcome. December 10, 5-9pm.

Ellesmere Port Christmas Market

December 10-14. Free classic carousel and small Christmas Market Civic Square 11am-6pm, including food and drink stalls and sale of real Christmas trees.

Santa’s Grotto at Ellesmere Port Indoor Market

December 17-22. Santa’s Grotto (free) 10am-2pm at the Ellesmere Port Indoor Market.

Saturnalia Parade

December 18. The parade starts at 6.45pm. The route will be: St. John Street, Eastgate Street, Northgate Street, Town Hall Square, St Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, The Cross, and Bridge Street where it will finish.

Click here for details of school fayres and other events:  Community Christmas events in Chester and Ellesmere Port

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