Chester’s landmarks provide a fun theme for a unique set of gift wrap and greetings cards specially commissioned for Christmas by Visit Cheshire. The Eastgate Clock, medieval cathedral and Christmas Market cabins feature on the seasonal stationery, which is on sale now at Chester tourist information centre and at visitcheshire.com.
Gingerbread people also appear in the design to mark the launch of Chester as Britain’s gingerbread city at Christmas time. Sculptures of city icons including the Grosvenor Hotel will be among eye-catching sights constructed from this favourite seasonal biscuit by local businesses. And shops will compete for the best gingerbread window display.
A giant chain of gingerbread figures created by local children will be hung across the city. And a Gingerbread Village (16 November-22 December, https://experiencechester.co.uk/event/gingerbread-village) will provide an inspiring space for children to join in storytelling and craft sessions, with money raised donated to charity.
Fifty firs with gingerbread decorations made by locals will go on display in the cloisters of Chester Cathedral (from 30 Nov, chestercathedral.com). Gingerbread will be one of the treats on sale, too, at Chester Christmas Market (16 Nov-22 Dec, visitcheshire.com), where 70 stalls will offer plenty of ideas for stocking fillers and presents.
Other highlights of the season will include a production of the classic fairytale Peter Pan at Storyhouse
(6 Dec-12 Jan, storyhouse.com/event/peter-pan), and The Lanterns return to Chester Zoo this year, featuring nine fantastical worlds populated by illuminated wildlife characters (22 Nov-23 Dec, shop.chesterzoo.org/events/lanterns.aspx). The Grosvenor Museum is giving its Period House a Christmas makeover, too, to show how the people of Chester have celebrated the season during the past 350 years (1-31 Dec, grosvenormuseum.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk).
Elsewhere in Cheshire this Christmas…
A Fairytale Christmas Mansion at Tatton Park
Fairytales are the theme of the décor at Tatton this year – from the state rooms to the servants’ quarters – with music adding to the special atmosphere. It’s just one of several seasonal celebrations here this winter (26 Nov-5 Jan, tattonpark.org.uk/christmas).
Breakfast with Santa at Anderton Boat Lift
Santa will get the Christmas season started with two special breakfast events at the Anderton Boat Lift (30 Nov and 1 Dec), with gifts, games and stories. There’ll be magical Santa Cruises along the Weaver Navigation throughout December, too (30 Nov-24 Dec, canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2019-11-30-santa-cruises).
A Victorian Christmas at the Lion Salt Works
They’ll be celebrating Christmas in Victorian style at the Lion Salt Works with music, traditional crafts and games, and steam engines to admire. The Rivendell choir and bell-ringers will provide the musical accompaniment (14-15 December, events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/event/a-victorian-christmas-at-the-works).
Christmas Floral Extravaganza at Arley Hall
Arley Hall will be dressed for the season with hundreds of fresh flowers and foliage from its gardens, an exquisite sight, especially on its Candlelight & Carols Evenings, and there will be floral demonstrations, too (from 30 Nov, various dates, arleyhallandgardens.com/event/christmas-floral-extravaganza-2019).
Christmas at Capesthorne Hall
Capesthorne Hall will open its doors to reveal how Christmas is celebrated at a family-owned stately home. Musicians and school choirs will be on hand to entertain, plus craft stalls will be brimming with gift ideas (22-24 Nov, capesthorne.com/event/christmas-at-capesthorne).
‘Dear Santa’ at Crewe Lyceum
Will Santa deliver a fantastic present to Sarah this Christmas and will he get the gift to her in time with the help of his cheeky sidekick, Elf? All will be revealed at the Crewe Lyceum (1-2 Dec, crewelyceum.co.uk).
Rode Hall Christmas Farmers’ Market
There’ll be mistletoe, mince pies and mulled wine, and the sounds of the Silver Band, at Rode Hall’s festive farmer’s market, with 70 artisan food and craft stalls filled with gift ideas and treats for the table
(7 Dec, rodehallfarmersmarket.co.uk).
Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
The switch will be flipped for the lights, Europe’s largest walk-in artificial Christmas tree will go on display, and singers, dancers and acrobats will perform Cirque, a show inspired by The Greatest Showman (6 Nov, cheshireoaksdesigneroutlet.com).
An Audience with Father Christmas at Lyme Park
Lyme’s chapel will become a veritable grotto, complete with twinkling fairylights, this Christmas. It’s just the place to hear seasonal stories, meet Santa, and get in the festive spirit (23 Nov-24 Dec, nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme).
Festive Family Fun Weekend at Bents Garden & Home
Face painting, fairground rides, and an appearance by Santa are just some of the special treats in store for visitors to Bents in the run up to Christmas (7-8 Dec, bents.co.uk).
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