Christmas in Chester

At this magical time of the year there is no better place to come than the beautiful city of Chester. The city comes alive with the spirit of Christmas with lights, parades and decorations to warm even the coldest heart! Shop till you drop with extended opening hours on Thursdays throughout November and December.

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Chester Christmas Market is back in the heart of Chester, situated outside Chester’s historic Town Hall, Library and beautiful Cathedral!

Shoppers are in for a magical time at the Chester Christmas Market 2016, with over 70 traditional wooden chalets situated in the heart of Chester, all wrapped around a sparkling Christmas tree.

There will be an abundance of festive treats and gifts on offer, including quality local and regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, unique gifts and stocking fillers which are sure to make the perfect present!

Don’t forget to sample the delicious hot food and drinks, including tasty mulled wine and hot chocolate; the perfect way to keep warm whilst enjoying the market.

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Chester is a picturesque town on the river Dee in Cheshire, in the North West of England, not too far from Liverpool. Chester has a wide range of activities available to visitors, from simply walking round the compact city centre and shopping to visiting the very visible Roman ruins which are dotted through the town. Particularly impressive is the Roman amphitheatre next to Grosvenor Park, and you can also see a reconstructed hypocaust (Roman underfloor heating, more interesting than it sounds) in the Roman Gardens – and another one in the basement of a Spud U Like restaurant! Chester Racecourse is nearby for the family’s gamblers and horse fans, and the more active-minded can try their hand at boating on the River Dee. Chester Cathedral is also well worth a visit, as is Chester Zoo (which might be more to the tastes of the younger members of the family). There are also many brilliant restaurants in Chester, but also a large number of traditional English pubs, many of which serve reasonably priced hot food for meals out.

This picture is by very talented Adam Day, Adam Day Photography

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There is so much to see and do in Chester one day is not enough, extend your visit and stay in Chester for a short break. Whatever your preference, you are sure to find the perfect place to stay. Chester has bed and breakfasts, luxury 5* hotels and some great self-catering properties, to match any taste or budget

One the most amazing and well known 5* Hotels is Grosvenor Hotel, Chester.

Since opening its doors in 1866, The Chester Grosvenor continues to be an icon of understated style, glamour and elegance. Escape to one of the 68 bedrooms or 12 lavish suites, all individually designed with a timeless décor.

The Chester Grosvenor is located in the heart of Chester and overlooks the famous Eastgate Clock, said to be the most photographed clock in England after Big Ben. The hotel is just a short walk away from Chester Racecourse, Chester Cathedral and the Roman Amphitheatre, discovered to be the largest of its kind in Britain.

Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor is the county’s only Michelin starred restaurant and one of only a handful of restaurants in the UK to have retained a Michelin star for more than 25 consecutive years. For a more relaxed feel, the 2 AA Rosette La Brasserie adds a vibrant splash of Paris to Chester; creating a classic Parisian brasserie with lashings of panache. Home to a striking hand-painted glass skylight, the restaurant oozes a feeling of French sophistication.

Indulge in The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor, which has been specially designed to evoke a state of relaxation. Let our skilful ELEMIS trained therapists take you on a spa journey with a luxury treatment before refreshing with a series of heat related experiences in the Thermal Suite.

Celebrate in style with The Chester Grosvenor. Suitable for small, intimate parties as well as larger groups of up to 250, the hotel offers an unforgettable backdrop for weddings, birthday parties, Christenings and private dining as well as being a conventional meeting and conference venue.

Me and my family usually will have lunch at Grosvenor Hotel, and this year we popped in for a quick bite to eat, before Christmas Service in Chester Cathedral.

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Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence and a unique blend of medieval and modern history.

We’re free to enter and welcome thousands of visitors from all over the world.  We hope our website inspires you to visit Chester Cathedral.

Back for a fourth year – and bigger and better than ever before! From the end of November, Chester Cathedral cloisters will be filled with more than 50 majestic Christmas trees.

Escape from the hustle and bustle and lose yourself in our astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.  Don’t forget to vote for our favourite tree too!

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Come shopping in Chester; with the oldest shop front in England and the inimitable rows, giving you two high streets in one lined with high-street havens, independent galleries, antique shops and chic boutiques, you will be spoilt for choice. The Grosvenor Shopping Centre offers some of the best stores in town or if you still want more, discover the independent quarter along Watergate Street for a range of bargains.

Grosvenor Shopping Centre is a fantastic Christmas shopping experience located within the City Roman Walls in Chester, and is home to over 60 stores, with brands such as Boss, Build-a-Bear, L.K.Bennett and H&M.

You’re sure to find your perfect party dress in Topshop and shoes to dance the night away in Debenhams, as well as gifts for even the fussiest family members.



There will be late night shopping, so you have even more time to get your Christmas gifts bought! Every Thursday from 17th November the Grosvenor Shopping Centre will be open until 8.00pm*.

Grosvenor Shopping Centre is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. On all other Christmas Bank Holidays, including Boxing Day, the centre will be open from 10.00am – 5.00pm.

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Plus a short drive from Chester is Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet where you can get up to 60% off at over 145 boutiques and big brand stores

Not just a great place to pick up your Christmas gifts, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet has a whole host of fantastic festivities over the Christmas season.

Europe’s largest walk-in Christmas Tree will be on show from 9th November – 1st January. Standing as tall as 7 buses and with over 100,000 baubles it’s a sight that cannot be missed! Inside the tree you’ll be able to marvel at the thousands of twinkling lights!



One of my favourite personal shopping experiences and traditions is buying new art work during Christmas time. It is sort of Christmas present for my house 🙂 .

Castle Gallery has some incredible original pieces including limited additions by some of the famous artists like Paul Horton, Ronnie Wood, Xue Wang, Salvador Dali, Billy Connoly and many more.

This year I have decided to add some more pieces to my already extended collection by Paul Horton .

Winter’s Smile – 2015 by Paul Horton

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and Mystery of the Shadowlands – 2013 by Paul Horton

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If you would like to visit Chester anytime and you have some questions please do not hesitate to contact me here with all your questions.



However you decide to spend your Christmas, I wish you the best of the time and very Merry Christmas.



Love ,Samira  x

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