Where To See Father Christmas In Chester 2023

It may still seem like Christmas is a while off but people are already booking their favourite festive events, like Winter Wonderland. And I have even been told that some Christmas venues are already fully booked, so if you do have some places in mind you may wish to get in touch with them sooner rather than later to bag your tickets. If, however, you are still looking for places where you can take your little ones to see Father Christmas in Chester in 2023 then below is a list of places where you can book now and where, at the time of writing, they still had tickets left.

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Please note – We will be updating this list as we go so make sure you keep popping back to see if we have found any more wonderful places where you can spend time with Father Christmas in Chester this year.

CruiseBoat with Father Christmas

If you are looking for something special this year then why not book a cruise down the River Dee with Father Christmas. The cruise lasts one hour and adults will receive a tea or coffee and a mince pie with children enjoying a cordial and gingerbread man. Father Christmas will gift all children 10 and under an age-appropriate book too so why not book now for some festive fun on a fully decorated boat.


  • 3rd December at 3 pm,
  • 9th December at 12 pm and 3 pm
  • 16th December 12pm and 3pm
  • 17th December at 12 pm and 3 pm

Where ChesterBoat Souter’s Lane The Groves Chester CH1 1SZ

Price Adult £15, Children 2 – 10  £15, Children 11+ (does not include a book from Santa) – £9

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is famous for it’s Christmas Lantern walks. It gives visitors the opportunity to see the Zoo like never before, all lit up and magical at night. You will get to walk through various magical wonderlands all with different themes and hopefully spot an animal or two as well.

When Friday 17th November – Sunday 31st December

Where Chester Zoo, Chester CH2 1EU

Price Children from £17, adults from £22.

Grosvenor Shopping Centre

The Grosvenor shopping centre in Chester is creating an enchanted grotto where your child can meet the elves, Santa and also receive a gift from Father Christmas

When 24th November – 24th December
Where Grosvenor shopping centre
Price £6-12.

Stanley Palace

For a Dickensian Christmas experience you must visit Stanley Palace in the heart of Chester. This year they are offering your little ones the opportunity to meet Father or Mother Christmas in a Victorian setting complete with traditional toys and festive drinks.

When Saturday 18th November, then every Saturday up to and including 17th December from 2pm – 6pm. Then from Monday 18th December we will be open every day from 10am to 6 pm, Christmas Eve from 10am to 5pm

Where Stanley Palace 83 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LF

Price £10 for children and includes a gift adults are free

Chester Cathedral 

Fancy brunch with Father Christmas? Then if so, you can book Sunday brunch at the refectory in Chester Cathedral this winter. All children aged 1 and over will also receive a gift.

When 26th November, and 3rd December 10am-12pm

Where Chester Cathedral Saint Werburgh Street Chester CH1 2DY

Price Adults £17.95, Child £22.95

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Ice Cream Farm

The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm are hosting Christmas workshops where children can meet Santa in his lodge, choose a gift from the elf emporium, participate in Christmas crafts, make reindeer food and receive a collectable Christmas mug with two coops of ice cream.

When 26th November – 23rd December

Where The Ice cream farm Drumlin Hall, Newton Ln, Tattenhall,  Cheshire, Chester CH3 9NE

Price £22.50

Tatton Park

Visit Father Christmas and his elf helpers at the Tatton Park Farm and enjoy a live nativity, entertainment and crafts for kids to take home!

When From November 25th to December 24th

Where Tatton Park Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6SG

Price £10 per child and includes farm entry and a gift

£12 per adult and includes farm entry


This year Boleworth are offering children the chance to meet Father Christmas for free when they attend the Christmas event with. The event includes seeing Bolesworth lit up in all it’s glory, a fun fair, Christmas markets and light trail, light show and water display. It sounds magical!

When 2nd – 24th December

 Where Bolesworth Castle Bolesworth Road, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9HQ

Price Child £22.63 Adults £30

Do let us know if you are aware of anywhere else you can see Father Christmas in Chester and we will add it to our list.

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