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, though not invariably, happens on the first two Thursdays in December (in 2015 it took place on December 10th and 17th to avoid a clash with the Coca Cola Truck’s visit on 3rd!!).

In 2017 it was on Thursday 7th and Thursday 14th December – 2018 dates are yet to be confirmed but will probably be 6th and 13th.

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