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What’s on in Cheshire during December 2018

PUBLISHED: 15:30 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 29 November 2018

Chester Cathedral will be celebrating Christmas with both traditional services and festive entertainments. Photography by Mark Carline'

Chester Cathedral will be celebrating Christmas with both traditional services and festive entertainments. Photography by Mark Carline'

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Our guide to the best events in and around Cheshire during December

THEATRE AND DANCE

1st

Dear Santa

From the author of the beloved children’s book Dear Zoo comes a magical show for all the family.

Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, crewelyceum.co.uk

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4th - 5th January

Wicked

The multi record-breaking production flies back for a return engagement complete with spectacle and magic that make this show an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.com

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4th-6th

Sarah Millican

Funny and frank, you’ll learn about Rescue Men, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Parr Hall, Warrington culturewarrington.org

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4th-31st

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Children of all ages will delight in Briggs’ grumpy but loveable Father Christmas as he prepares for his busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Watch as he organises his Christmas deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night.

Waterside, Sale, watersidearts.org

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8th- January 13th

Peter Pan

There’s an all-star cast in this swashbuckling pantomime.

St Helen’s Theatre Royal, Liverpool, sthelenstheatreroyal.com

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9th

Vienna festival ballet presents The Nutcracker

Escape to a land of snow and sweets. The Nutcracker boasts a wonderful combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, making it a festive family treat like no other.

Parr Hall, Warrington, parrhall.culturewarrington.org

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15th Dec-6th Jan

Cinderella

The well-known characters are here for this traditional pantomime favourite, including the two ugly sisters whose names are much more familiar than in the original story.

The Garrick Theatre, Altrincham, 0161 928 1677

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21st-22nd

The Snowman with live orchestra

An iconic film with world class musicians. Experience the magic of The Snowman in a new way with a live orchestra. With other festive treats – including a new animated film with orchestral accompaniment, A Donkey’s Tale, it makes the perfect winter outing for all the family.

Chester Cathedral, Chester, 01244 500959

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

1st

Aurea String Quartet

Described as magnetic, sparkling and lyrical the Aurea Quartet is emerging as one of the UK’s most exciting and young ensembles.

Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, Crewe, 01477537769

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6th

Hozier

The soulful singer-songwriter is touring with the release of his latest album, Nina Cried Power. Expect a powerful performance from the Irish singer.

O2 Apollo, Manchester, prideofmanchester.seetickets.com

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8th -9th

Blossoms

Stopfordian indie rock band are back for another tour showcasing their newest album.

Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, gigsandtours.com/tour/blossoms

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9th

Thea Gilmore

Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore’s acoustic Christmas Party UK tour will feature highly individual versions of the Christmas classics.

Hunter Street, Chester,

01244 409113

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10th

The Overtones

Their new album showcases a celebration of everything that the group has achieved, a thank you to their fans and a statement of intent for the future.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, bridgewater-hall.co.uk

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13th

Slapstick

Släpstick fly in from the Netherlands with a mix of virtuoso music and physical comedy. The five performers have mastered over 100 instruments between them.

HOME, Manchester, 
homemcr.org

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14th

Belle Voci

ITV’s The Voice operatic duo will be performing an intimate evening of Christmas Carols. Why not enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with mince pies, mulled wine and all your favourite carols?

St Werburgh’s Church, Chester, belle-voci.com

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22nd

Slade

Forty-five years since the release of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ Slade are back on tour. Prepare for a roller-coaster ride of pure unadulterated rock’n’roll.

Academy 2, Manchester, manchesteracademy.net

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

22nd Nov-6th Jan

Walking with The Snowman

A festive sculpture trail will take place to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ heart-warming picture book The Snowman. Featuring 12 giant Snowman sculptures themed around the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, each sculpture will be designed and decorated by one of twelve talented artists.

Media City, Salford, walkingwiththesnowman.co.uk

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1st-28th

Weston Christmas light display

Take a family trip to a magical winter wonderland. Visitors can have a ‘sleigh selfie’ with the big man himself and meet inflatable festive characters. Enjoy surround sound Christmas music and even get a peek inside Santa’s Grotto.

Carter s Green Cottage, Crewe, 01270 586754

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1st - 21st

Charity Santa’s Grotto

The charity grotto is run by Wirral MENCAP and Hospice of The Good Shepherd to where 100% of proceeds will be donated. Tickets must be purchased online in advance to guarantee your time slot.

Gordale Garden Centre, Burton, South Wirral, www.gordale.co.uk

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1st Dec-6th Jan

Christmas tree festival

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the festive period and lose yourself in the astonishing tree-lined winter walkways. Visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favourite tree and winners – in business and school categories – will be announced at the closing of the festival.

Chester Cathedral, Chester, 01244 500959

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1st

St Wilfrid’s Christmas Fayre

The event will feature a host of craft stalls with free activities for children and the Grand Teddy Tombola. Meet Father Christmas, sip mulled wine and enjoy a selection of festive food and treats, while being serenaded by Scottish bagpipes.

St Wilfrid’s Church, Warrington, stwilfridschurch.org.uk

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7th

Lantern festival

Come and see beautifully handmade lanterns as they parade through the town of Knutsford. Father Christmas will be in the StableYard and the Christmas mansion and Gift Fair will all be open late.

Tatton Park, Knutsford, 
01625 374400

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15th

Chester Christmas festival

A festive offering of the finest hot food and an array of bars serving everything from world gins and fizz to real ales and mulled wine will be getting you into the yuletide spirit. With a programme of entertainment that includes oompah bands, carol singers and live bands.

Carriage Shed, Chester, carriageshed.co.uk

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28th-31st

Liverpool international horse show

Back for a fourth year running with a feast of world-class show-jumping and dressage, family entertainment including Motocross Freestyle displays and live music.

Echo arena, Liverpool, 0844 8000 400

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CHISTMAS SERVICES AND CAROL CONCERTS

1st

Gospel at Clonter

Hailed as one of the world’s greatest gospel choirs, the London Adventist Chorale returns by popular request to perform their annual Christmas special.

Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton, clonter.org

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3rd and 4th

Hospitals Choir Christmas Concert

Staff from Manchester and District Hospitals join to sing at two carol concerts to raise funds for CLIC Sargent – Caring for Young Lives with Cancer. Clark Rundell will conduct, supported by organist Jonathan Scott and Greater Manchester Police Trumpeters.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000

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13th

The Donna Louise Christmas concert

A night filled with festive cheer as local choirs and dancers perform at this charity concert. Performers including Pepper Street Performing Arts Choir, Happy Feet Dance School and Stafford Military Wives Choir, will entertain guests with a selection of songs and dances.

Victoria Hall, Hanley, atgtickets.com/stoke

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16th

Carols by candlelight

A mixture of Christmas carols and seasonal music. Enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine and mince pie during the interval.

St Alban’s Church, Tattenhall, 01244 470 890

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18th

Leonard Cheshire-Community concert

Celebrate the work the Leonard Cheshire charity carries out during the year at this carol concert. Along with performances from professional musicians, this year’s concert features a special performance from a Gareth Malone-style Leonard Cheshire Christmas Choir.

Arley Hall, Northwich, 07500027142

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19th-20th

Chester Music Society presents: Christmas Crackers

Celebrate a family Christmas with carols and seasonal music from the Chester Music Society Choir and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chester Cathedral, 01244 500959

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21st

The Booth Centre Christmas carol service

Sing along to your favourite Christmas Carols and hear a special performance from the Booth Centre Streetwise Opera group. This service will also celebrate the work of homeless services in the city.

Manchester Cathedral, 0161 835 2499

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24th

Midnight mass

Welcome the start of the festive day in the traditional way. Enjoy a Christmas service full of carols in the splendour of the cathedral.

Chester Cathedral chestercathedral.com

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