Chester Winter Watch Parade

Where: Chester, Cheshire starting at Forum Shopping Centre on Northgate Street and ending at Town Hall Square
When: Thursdays in early December
Time: 8pm


As well as a Midsummer Watch, the city of Chester holds an annual festival in midwinter; unlike the June event which is held in the afternoon, Winter Watch takes place after dark. With its origins in medieval parades marking the turn of the year, it is a carnival procession featuring dancers, lantern bearers and a host of seasonal characters and musicians. Chester has been famed for its parades since medieval times when they were organised by the City Guilds- expect a fire breathing finale and a skeleton emperor!

Helpful Hints

It usually happens on the first two Thursdays in December – but in 2015 it took place on December 10th and 17th (to avoid a clash with the Coca Cola Truck’s visit on 3rd!!) so on 17th it also coincided with Saturnalia (see separate article).

In 2017 it will be on Thursday 7th and Thursday 14th December (to be confirmed).

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