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Christmas Lights Switch
Ons in Chester 2022

See Chester and the surrounding areas shining bright this Christmas

Chester’s Christmas lights switch ons illuminate the city

  • Friday 18 November – The Town Hall Square Christmas tree will prompt the light up of the entire city. Chester’s Christmas lights will adorn the streets throughout the season bringing festive cheer to the city! There is no official switch on ceremony.
  • Saturday 19 November – The suburb of Hoole will up bring the whole community together with Christmas Lights at 6 pm.
  • November 25  – January 6 – Chester Cathedral will also be lit up by annual Christmas Tree Festival with twinkling trees surrounding the iconic building decorated by local schools and businesses in aid of local charities The CheSTAR (tbc) will hopefully return to the shine upon the grounds of Chester Cathedral – The giant sparkling Christmas star was handcrafted especially for the city and standing 25ft high and wide with almost 19,000 twinkling lights it is quite a site to behold
  • Friday 2 – Saturday 24 December  – The magical Christmas lights will shine and bring festive cheer in Bolesworth Castle’s as they launch their Christmas at Bolesworth wonderland
  • Thursday 3 November – Cheshire Oaks iconic 90ft centre centrepiece Christmas tree will be erected and lit which is always a sight to behold!

While you are visiting the city don’t forget to also enjoy the delicacies and warm welcome in Chester’s best eating and drinking spots and to make the most of the offers and deals they have for you through the Christmas period not to mention the fabulous places to enjoy fabulous cocktails.

Chester has the best restaurants to choose from with lots of child and family friendly options and we highly recommend you do some local Christmas shopping and check out all the festive menus available in the city while you’re out and about enjoying the lights.

You can find everything you could wish for this Christmas at a glance on our Christmas in Chester page plus all the latest updates as they happen in our definitive guide to what’s on for Christmas.

Find the best places to eat and drink in Chester this Christmas

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