The Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival is back for a sixth year – and is set to be bigger and better than ever before!
The festival features more than 50 majestic Christmas trees, transforming the cathedral cloisters into astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.
The cathedral festival is a community-focused event and will include trees decorated by local schools and local businesses from across Chester and Cheshire.
Visitors can also vote for their favourite trees using festival voting slips.
The Very Rev Dr Tim Stratford, Dean of Chester said: “The Christmas Tree Festival is a great opportunity for the cathedral to give something back to the local community.
“It’s wonderful to see the involvement of so many schools and local businesses, and delightful that many Cheshire families have made the festival a part of their annual Christmas activities.”
Proceeds from the 2018 festival will go to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.
This year, the cathedral’s education department has created a Christmas Tree Trail for children of all ages.
The festival opens on Saturday 1st December 2018 and will run until Sunday 7th January 2019 and will be open daily. Entry is free of charge, though donations are welcome.
In addition to the Christmas Tree festival, there will be special services to mark one of the holiest times in the Christian calendar including Blessing of the Trees with Carols at 3.30pm on Sunday 16th December and Crib Service for all the family at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve.
Christmas at Chester Cathedral wouldn’t be complete without a feast of festive music.
Expect carols and seasonal readings from Chester Cathedral Choir at the Tidings of Joy concerts on Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th December.