PEOPLE from across Chester have been sharing their perfect Yuletide vision as part of a competition which could see them win £1,000 to spend in the city.

The Win Your Dream Christmas competition has a £1,000 Chester Gift Card as a possible prize. the card can be used in over 120 local businesses.

Topping the Christmas wish list so far is time spent with family and loved ones, with 63 per cent saying that’s their dream, and 27 per cent are dreaming of a festive lunch with everyone sitting around the table. A vision of being cosy and warm at home with a crackling fireplace is a dream Christmas for 23 per cent, while 22 per cent say it’s the chance to treat those they love with presents, gifts and local shopping.

Chester Boutique is one of the venues where the Chester Gift Card can be used.

Chester Boutique is one of the venues where the Chester Gift Card can be used.

Time spent with family and good food is a popular theme in Chester entries so far. One entrant from Chester said: “My dream Christmas is my home filled with my family, a roaring fire, a gorgeous Christmas dinner, silly games and lots of fun and laughter!”

Others are keen to make the most of Chester’s unique charm, with one entry saying: “My perfect day would be an afternoon tea at the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester followed by Christmas shopping in the city. After booking into the hotel would dine at one of Chester’s amazing restaurants, followed by Champagne of course.”

And 12 per cent are wishing for a White Christmas, including in Chester, with one Chester entry saying: “My dream Christmas is all my family together waking up on Christmas morning with snow outside, Christmas music playing, nice fire, a lovely roast dinner with all the trimmings, and finish with games night and hot chocolate.”

The Chester Gift Card, part of the Town & City Gift Card concept, can be spent with over 120 businesses including shops, restaurants and attractions, giving people an easy way to support local. It was launched in 2020 by Chester BID as part of efforts to encourage local shopping and local spend into the city.

The Win Your Dream Christmas closes on December 8. Enter the competition free at

The Chester Gift Card.

The Chester Gift Card.

Carl Critchlow, CEO of Chester BID, said the Win Your Dream Christmas competition gives people the chance to have the Christmas of their dreams.

He said: “Everything you need for a Dream Christmas is right here in Chester, from our fantastic array of local businesses to festive events and activities and wonderful atmosphere. The Win Your Dream Christmas competition is a chance for one lucky winner to make their perfect Christmas a reality with a £1,000 Chester Gift Card, and it’s also a reminder to shop local and support our city.”

Colin Munro is the managing director of Miconex, founders of the Town & City Gift Card concept and said: “Over 98 per cent of people in our 2023 survey said they’re keen to support local businesses this Christmas and 87 per cent said they support local businesses to help keep them open.

"89 per cent plan to buy at least one gift card this Christmas, and the Chester Gift Card not only offers support for local, it offers the widest choice too. The winner really will have a Dream Christmas to look forward to.”