We have all spent much of 2020 waiting to see what happens next and feel less able to make plans for the upcoming months. With so much uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to support our local businesses in Chester.
Christmas will definitely be a little different this year, but we’ve put together a list of ways you can still enjoy the festive season and support Chester at the same time.
You can still celebrate the festive season with warming local food and drinks in Chester by eating out with your household or social bubble. Many of our favourite Chester restaurants have festive Christmas fayre menus for the lead up to Christmas and a menu for the big day itself, with something to suit every taste. You could even purchase a gift voucher from your favourite restaurant as a Christmas gift to use next year.
We’re all going to miss the Christmas markets that sadly have been cancelled this December and shopping for Christmas gifts is certainly a lot different to usual. However, there are plenty of small independent businesses in the city to pick up unique and hand-crafted gifts from. Shopping from them for your Christmas gifts this year rather than big online companies is the best way to support them at this time. There are also farm shops in the surrounding areas to buy food for Christmas day itself too and many of these will deliver straight to your door.
Christmas isn’t cancelled at Storyhouse! Our favourite cultural hub will be staging a production of A Christmas Carol throughout the festive season, suitable for everyone. They are limiting the audience numbers and have further information about their safety measures available on their website.
The Snowman returns to Chester Cathedral at the end of the month, with a new seating plan to allow for social distancing. The presentation of The Snowman is accompanied by a live orchestra with some of the country’s very best musicians and is set to be a truly magical performance full of festive surprises.
The Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral will be spread out across the Cathedral to allow for social distancing, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before!
The popular event is back for another Christmas, where the zoo is transformed into a spectacular wonderland with eleven magical worlds full of magical lanterns. Chester Zoo have promised to make sure The Lanterns is just as magical as before but with new measures to keep guests safe.
We hope our guide has shown we still have lots to look forward to in our city. Whatever your plans are this year, there are lots of ways to support local businesses over the festive season.