The Chester Christmas Market is popular for finding gifts and tasty treats, including performances of local groups and community talent in the bandstand. A new addition this year Christmas Toboggan ride and Santa’s Sleigh the 70-ft high fairground slide includes a lighthouse design tracing the attraction back to 1953 where it was the centre piece of the Queen’s coronation party in Manchester.
Annually, usually from around third week in November to end of December.
Sunday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Admission: Free, Santa’s Grotto £4.50
What to buy: Wooden chalets include traders selling fair trade gifts, ceramics, jewellery, hats, gloves & scarves, toys and festive food including Christmas cakes and puddings, mince pies, cheeses, meats, sweets, fine wines as well as the winter warming treats of mulled wine and hot chestnuts.
What to pay: Various
Chester is an old English town full of character, charm and all things British and as such looks just fantastic at Christmas. I don't know about you but I love Christmas, everything about it apart from shopping that is but wandering in and out of the old shops, seeing some real gifts and not being greeted by a new Santa on every corner makes for a welcome change. There is plenty to choose from, new and old and once you're spent up you can go for a nice hot chocolate and admire your purchases.
What to buy: Whatever takes your fancy really. I like to shop for antiques and curios, anything else you can buy anywhere but if this is your thing then shop around, some dealers can be overly pricey.
What to pay: Same as usual -How big is your wallet.
The rows are a couple of streets with 2 stories of shopping. Everything you could think of you can find here.
What to buy: Antiques and books.
What to pay: Depends on what you are looking for.
This cute shop looked liked a dolls house - appropriate as collectable dolls can be bought here.
What to buy: Antique and collectable dolls.