Chester Christmas Parade of Light: 20th November, 6.30pm- A fun community parade filled with lanterns, light and dance to switch on the city’s Christmas lights. The Light Parade will begin from outside Chester Christmas Market at the Town Hall Square before travelling down St Werburgh St, Eastgate St, Bridge St, Pepper St, St John St then back up Eastgate St to conclude at Chester Christmas Market.
Lantern Parade: 27th November, 7pm - Local school children parade through Chester with handmade lanterns adding a touch of sparkle to the city centre this Christmas. The children leave from the Forum Shopping Centre at 7pm, walking with their handmade lanterns past the Cathedral along St Werburgh Street, turning into Eastgate Street, then they will walk down Bridge Street, turn around and head for Northgate Street, with the Parade ending at the Christmas Market in the Town Hall Square.
Winter Watch Parades: 4th & 11th December, 7pm - Karamba Samba as the ‘ghost band’ lead a fun parade of skeletons, Christmas cooks, angels and devils as they celebrate the Winter solstice. Dating from the 1400’s, local artists and community groups join together to celebrate the time when the city leaders would hand over the keys to the city watch. Watch out for the fire breathing and the skeleton Emperor! Follow the parade from Town Hall Square, down St. Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, Bridge Street, The Cross and Northgate Street.
Saturnalia Parade: 18th December, 6.30pm - Chester will hand the city back to the Romans for one night as soldiers from the Deva Victrix 20th Legion celebrate the Roman Saturnalia festival on Thursday 18 December. The parade, part of Chester’s Christmas celebrations, marches from the Grosvenor Museum at 6.30pm to Eastgate Street where torches are lit and the Emperor makes his proclamation before releasing the Lord of Misrule.