Christmas Shopping
in Chester 2023

Enjoy the festive and late night shopping in Chester this Christmas

Immerse yourself in a spot of retail therapy this Christmas

We heartily encourage you to ditch the mainstream online shopping channels in favour of maximising on all the delights of the city’s local shopping and the opportunity to #shoplocal both online and in the city’s wonderful shops and boutiques for your Christmas gifts, Christmas drinks and Christmas gift vouchers and experiences with the added bonus of knowing you’re also supporting Chester’s local businesses in the true spirit of Christmas.

Late night Christmas shopping

Out and about in the city centre late night shopping is planned through December in The Grosvenor Shopping Centre and a number of other city centre stores on the following dates (please check with individual stores as their times may vary).

  • Thursday 23 November – 8 pm
  • Thursday 30 November  – 8 pm
  • Thursday 7 December- 8 pm
  • Thursday 14 December  – 8 pm
  • Monday 18 December – 8 pm
  • Tuesday 19 December- 8 pm
  • Wednesday 20 December – 8 pm
  • Thursday 21 December- 8 pm
  • Friday 22 December- 8 pm
  • Christmas Eve – 11 am – 5 pm
  • Christmas Day – closed
  • Boxing Day – 10 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, Friday 29, Saturday 30 December – normal hours
  • New Year’s Eve – 11 am – 5 pm
  • New Year’s Day – closed
  • Tuesday 2 January – back to normal hours


New Chester Market hours

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesday – Saturday  8 am – 10 pm
  • Sundays – 10 am – 9 pm


Special Christmas hours

  • Christmas Eve – 10 am – 4 pm
  • Christmas Day – closed
  • Boxing Day – closed
  • Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, Friday 29, Saturday 30 December – 8 am – 10 pm
  • New Year’s Eve – 10 am – 4 pm
  • New Year’s Day  – closed
  • Tuesday 2 January – 8 am – 10 pm

Free Parking 

You can park for FREE at Chester Racecourse car park (CH1 2LY) every Saturday and Sunday on the run up to Christmas courtesy of the Chester Race Company and Chester BID.

  • Saturday 25 November 
  • Sunday 26 November
  • Saturday 2 December
  • Sunday 3 December
  • Saturday 9 December
  • Sunday 10 December
  • Saturday 16 December
  • Sunday 17 December 
  • Saturday 23 December
  • Christmas Eve – 10am with last entry at 6pm (the exit barrier will remain up for you to leave after this time.

Christmas gift shops and gift experiences

Chester’s local businesses have so many unique Christmas gifts on offer from gorgeous and unique things to wrap up to amazing adventures.

  • Located in Pars Kahve you will find the hidden treasure of Pars Bazaar an exquisite gift shop right in the centre of the city overlooking the Chester Cross where you can buy beautifully designed unique presents enjoy your Christmas gift shopping whilst having a delicious Turkish tea or coffee or maybe a plate of something gorgeous
  • Vin Santo is set in a beautiful 13th century crypt in the heart of Chester that has furnished Cestrians with fine wines for over 300 years. Find your favourite just in time for a Christmas gift, your Christmas at home wine or just as the perfect treat for yourself.
  • A fun way to bring all the family together through a shared experience wherever they may be over the Christmas period is through an online escape room experience with Breakout or Escapism  and you can buy gift vouchers to enjoy together in person
  • ChesterBoat have gift experience vouchers for their multiple party boats and scenic river tours which are always a winner for a special gift
  • Chester Zoo and Chester Cathedral have some great local and ethically sourced gifts available and really beautiful Christmas tree decorations
  • For the outdoor adrenaline lovers there’s experiences galore to choose from whether it’s on land at Outpost Paintball or Hover Force or on the water with Bearded Men Adventures  or Dee River Kayaking
  • For the nature lovers how about adopting an animal or a membership at Chester Zoo or an annual pass at Blue Planet and if your loved ones are adventurous you can now snap up a swimming with sharks experience at Blue Planet with a special Christmas discount!
  • For the cinema and theatre buffs in your life a membership or show tickets at Storyhouse make great gifts and fans of Alexander’s Live can show them support by donating in exchange for t-shirts and other great merchandise from your favourite comedy and music venue!

Click on any of the following and explore their shops to browse the unusual items and experiences they have to fill your stockings…

Christmas drinks 

Whether it’s for a present or for your own Christmas consumption instead of getting it all at the supermarket make sure you order your favourite tipple from your local wine merchant, beer brewer or cocktail mixologist!

The following venues have ordering and delivery services and great selections of wines, beers, gins and other spirits including takeaway cocktails! 

Chester Zoo even has it’s own Gin made from the botanicals in the grounds of the zoo that can be purchased on the online shop and you can purchase local ‘Kingdom Recommends’ spirits range through The Suburbs. 

Simply click on the shop button on any of the following listings to see their full selections…


Christmas gift vouchers and gift experiences

There are so many fantastic places to eat and things to do in Chester and a gift voucher or gift experience voucher for them makes a magnificent present so your loved ones can enjoy them on a date of their choice and spread out the fun of the Christmas period with something fabulous to look forward to. 

 Click on the gift voucher button on any of the following listings to purchase from them directly…

Chester Gift Card

If you can’t make up your mind what your loved one will prefer the city of Chester has it’s very own gift card which can be spent in over 100 shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions supporting local Chester businesses. The Chester Gift Card is a prepaid Mastercard that can be loaded with £5 – £500 making it a great stocking filler or grand gesture and it’s available at all of the following venues and more…


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