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Chester Hosts Christmas Tree Festival

Chester Cathedral is now holding a special annual event especially for the winter season.

Dubbed “The Christmas Tree Festival”, the recurring event will continue into the new year allowing Cestrians and guests of the city to get a chance to enjoy the celebrations.

A time-honoured tradition for the Church of England cathedral, the festival is a firm family favourite that sees the interior of the Chester landmark populated by an abundance of Christmas trees. Each tree is artfully decorated by a local school or organisation making it utterly unique and lit with twinkling fairy lights to create a festive glow throughout the Grade I Listed building.

This year, the Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In honour of the important milestone, its event organisers have pulled out all the stops and increased the number of trees to be displayed within the former abbey church. In previous years, the Cathedral has hosted around 50 trees for visitors to enjoy, but to mark a decade of events, almost double this number will be on show, with more than 90 different Christmas trees, dressed and illuminated on display.

The festival can be attended during the normal Chester Cathedral opening hours of 9.30 am to 5 pm. However, sometimes parts of the building are closed for special events and services, so those travelling to see the trees should call or check online beforehand to ensure they can enjoy a day with open access.

The Chester Christmas Tree Festival will run until Sunday, January 8.

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