UPDATE: with English lockdown beginning this week all of these events are now subject to change

With the cancellation of many of the regular events in the city after a disastrous year of doom and destruction, Chester Cathedral’s Christmas programme will be one of the shining lights of the festive programme offering old favourites and some surprises.

The Christmas Tree Festival returns and runs from the 28th November to the 4th Jan. This year to allow social distancing the event will be displayed throughout the Cathedral instead of being confined to the Cloisters. Visitors will still be able to choose their favourite tree via an online vote. The Festival will be open daily from 2.30 til 6pm

Two major art/light installations will be a big draw for visitors this year. A light sculpture “Starry starry night” (artist TBC) promises to be spectacular, continuing the trend of the Cathedral as a venue for world class art. “Leaves of the Trees”, is an installation based around 5000 metallic leaves, which combines a message of Hope with a reflection on 2020’s terrible events. The memorial artwork by Peter Walker will arrive on the 28th November.

Over the Christmas period the Cathedral’s main entrance will move to the west Porch. A Family Christmas Trail will lead from there via QR codes to points of interest around the building. The Plastic Bottle tree by conservation artist Jacha Potgieter will return following last years debut.

Carol concerts will take place on the evenings of the 5th and 12th December. Christmas Dazzle organ recitals will take place on the 28th November and the 19th December at 1.10pm. Tickets for The Snowman (21st Dec) are selling fast with the Cathedral spacious enough for 445 socially distanced seats. Opera duo Belle Voci (plus special guest) will perform in concert on the 8th December.

A Christmas breakfast will be served in the refectory throughout December. Gala dinners including cheese and wine and pizza and Peroni will take place at the end of November/December. The Taste Cheshire Farmer’s Market will return on the 13th November.

One key difference this year will be the introduction of a small entry charge over the festive period. This will be £2.50 for adults with free entry for children. Entrance for worshippers will remain free.

For further details visit the Chester Cathedral website:

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