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Christmas In Tarporley & Cheshire – What To Do

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Yet again! As the cooler months come and dark nights draw in, and the those twinkling lights begin to don our homes, we think it’s about time we begin to plan all our wonderful Christmas activities.

There’s plenty of festive activities all around Cheshire at Christmas and it can be hard to decided which one to go to first. So, The Swan we have made a list and checked it twice to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the best festive fun Cheshire has to offer this Christmas! Don’t forget to pop in and see us for a lovely warming meal afterwards, and add our Swanderland extravaganza to your plans too, which we’ll tell you about below.

Our Top 3 Things To Do For Christmas In Tarporley & Cheshire

1. Chester Christmas markets

A real classic at Christmas time for any local is the annual Christmas markets in Chester city centre. This year, the markets are celebrating their 10th anniversary! Why not get into the festive feeling and explore over 70 stalls which feature local handmade crafts, a range of delicious homemade treats and a range of continental vendors serving the tastes of their country? Then, you can finish the evening off with a warmup of sweet hot chocolate for the kids and a creamy baileys for the adults. The great thing about the Christmas markets is they open from mid-November right through December, which gives you plenty of time to pay a visit! If you’re visiting from further afield, or just fancy making a real occasion of it, then why not check out our room availability? The Swan at Tarporley is just over 11 miles outside of Chester city centre.

2. Christmas at Bolesworth

After last year’s success, our neighbours over at Bolesworth are hosting their ‘Christmas at Bolesworth’ extravaganza again from December 2nd.  By then, Bolesworth will be transformed into a festive wonderland, festooned in seasonal sparkle and yuletide cheer for a month of unforgettable winter magic. The main event features the Christmas lights trail where the historic castle will be transformed into a winter wonderland illuminated by more than 40,000 lights. There’s also plenty of interactive activities along the route including: 

  • Santa’s Grotto
  • Alpine lodge
  • Champaign Island
  • Lakeside Champaign Bar
  • Fairground
  • Meet the Reindeer
  • Christmas Markets

With something for all the family to enjoy, Bolesworth is a must on the list this Christmas! We are only 20 minutes from Bolesworth, and many guests come to stay with us last year whilst enjoying the festive fun. This year, we welcome you again to stay with us and get the true ‘Cheshire Christmas’ experience.

3. Santa’s Grotto & Elves’ Workshop

Get the kids riled up and ready for Christmas with a visit to Santa’s Grotto & Elves workshop, located at the Ice Cream Farm near Tattenhall. The kids can have a fantastic festive day starting with meeting Santa! Children can then choose their own gift from the Elves’ Emporium, before taking part in Christmas crafts and making reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve. The excitement will start as soon as you enter, and don’t forget the two scoops of delicious Cheshire Farm Ice Cream served in a special festive mug which you can keep at the end! If you’re not feeling full enough after that, then why don’t you and the kids come and see us at The Swan? We have parking on site, our log fires will be lit and there’s a hot chocolate with your name on it!  

Christmas In Tarporley At Swanderland 2022

And let’s not forget the main event, our very own festive celebration this year which aims to give you MORE after two back-to-back Christmases that just didn’t feel the same! The Swan is introducing Swanderland to your Christmas agenda this year. Opening on Wednesday 23rd November, we have a jam-packed schedule which includes a Santa’s grotto in the Tarporley Room, wreath making workshops, the Great Tarporley Quiz, and a festive gift fayre to name a few! Check out the full programme below.

If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then no problem. As you probably well know by now, we do Christmas effortlessly well at The Swan, so why not spend the season with us, get cosy and enjoy all the wonderful festivities not just with us but around the area?

All information on our Swanderland event can be found over on our website, Facebook, and Instagram. For booking, you can call 01829 733 838 or email

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