If you are looking for a magical way to celebrate the festive season, you should visit Chester Christmas market in 2023, one of the most popular and charming Christmas markets in the UK.

Located in the historic city of Chester, this market offers a variety of stalls, food, drinks, entertainment and an atmosphere that will make you feel like you are in a winter wonderland.

Here, the Christmas.co.uk team take a closer look at the attractions to be found at Chester’s Christmas market.

What is Chester Christmas market?

Pic of Chester Cathedral and the Chester Christmas market Chester Christmas Market has been running since 2012 when it was launched by the Chester and Cheshire West Council as part of the Chester Winter Festival. Since then, it has grown and improved every year, becoming one of the most popular and successful events in the city and the region. According to the Visit Cheshire website, the market was voted as one of the top 10 Christmas markets in the UK by the public in 2021.

This annual event takes place from mid-November to late December in the Town Hall Square and Northgate Street, near the Chester Cathedral and the new Chester Market.

It features more than 70 traders selling handmade, local and unique gifts, crafts, food and drinks that are perfect for Christmas shopping or treating yourself.

You can find everything from jewellery, candles, ceramics, fudge, gin, cheese, chocolate, toys, clothing and more.

There is also a bar where you can enjoy a hot mulled wine, a cocktail, a real ale or a hot chocolate while listening to live music and entertainment.

The market is surrounded by a sparkling Christmas tree and festive lights that create a cosy and enchanting atmosphere.


Chester Christmas markets

This video from Gimbal Walk TV shows exactly what is on offer at Chester’s Christmas markets and why the destination has become so popular.

Along with the treats and gifts that are available for Christmas shoppers, the market also has a great range of food and drink stalls.

There’s a great choice of gifts in the intimate and cosy setting of Chester’s city centre.


How popular is Chester Christmas Market?

Pic of one of the many stalls at Chester Christmas market Chester’s Christmas market is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

According to the Visit Chester website, the market received more than 400,000 visitors in 2022, making it one of the busiest and most successful events in the city.

The market is popular for many reasons, including its impressive location in the heart of Chester, a beautiful and historic city that has a lot to offer in terms of culture, heritage, shopping and dining.

You can also explore the Roman walls, the medieval cathedral, the Tudor buildings, the Grosvenor Museum and Chester Zoo while visiting the market.

There’s also the variety and quality of stalls, plus the food and drink, which cater to different tastes and budgets.

You will find unique and original gifts from local artisans and producers.

In addition, the atmosphere and entertainment will help make you feel festive and merry.


Is Chester Christmas Market one of the BEST in the UK?

A video from Abby and Gaz shows Chester’s Christmas market in a great light – and there’s a good focus on other attractions.

This includes impressive choirs singing carols and other entertainment.

The presenters highlight how compact the festive market in the squares – more so than in Manchester – which makes the markets feel very busy.

However, there are some very good snacking cabins and creative gifts too. The presenters also highlight that the permanent Chester market is not only indoors but has a very good food court too.

And is it one of the best Christmas markets in the UK? Yes – and no. Watch the video to find out why!


Why do people go to Chester Christmas market?

What makes Chester Christmas market so special with so many other festive markets to choose from is its combination of tradition and innovation, quality and diversity, charm and convenience.

Chester’s market offers a festive experience that is authentic, local and unique, while also being accessible, affordable and enjoyable.

The market reflects the city itself, which is a blend of history and modernity, culture and commerce, beauty and vitality.

Chester’s Christmas market

Chester Christmas market really does offer an opportunity to enjoy the festive spirit in the heart of the city. Spanning three squares, visitors are surrounded by the historic Town Hall and the magnificent Chester Cathedral, the market offers a perfect setting for a merry celebration.

Whether you are looking for handcrafted candles, mouth-watering fudge, exquisite jewellery, eco-friendly cups, or tasty mulled wine, you will find something to suit your taste at Chester Christmas market.

The market opens at 10.30am on Friday 17th November and runs every day until 21st December 2023.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can enjoy the market until 8pm.