The Chester Model Centre Christmas and Holiday Gift Guide

The Chester Model Centre Christmas and Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Ideas for Model Enthusiasts, Creators and Hobby Lovers of All Ages

Discover the perfect gifts at Chester Model Centre for this Christmas season! Whether you're shopping for a 3-year-old or a 103-year-old, our store offers a treasure trove of unique and creative presents sure to bring joy. Think of us as your go-to department store for hobbies, with two floors to explore.

Here are some updated ideas to spark your gift-giving inspiration:

Curious Creators

Inspire creative fun and get the young ones in your life started with a happy hobby! Get them started on their model railway journey with Hornby Playtrains including the Local Express 2 x Coach Pack, Signal Box, Tunnel and Track Extension Pack.

Hornby R9315 Playtrains - Local Express 2 x Coach Pack

 Super Heroes in Training 

This 1967 Shelby GT-500 from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy accompanied by Star-Lord himself is great for gift to keep kids occupied for hours with open ended play.

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord and 1967 Shelby GT-500

Budding Builders

Do you know that kid who takes everything apart to see how it works? Airfix Quickbuild kits are great for exploring how things fit together without the mess - no paint, no glue, just build! (ages 5+) 


It’s more than just a game, with a mix of artistic creativity and tactical strategy. If you know someone who loves board games then its time they try wargames – it’s like a hobby within a hobby! This Starter Set is perfect for new players: 

Already know a wizard of war games? Make them smile on Christmas morning with the latest models, paints and accessories.

Model Train Enthusiast

We know the type 😊 and we know they are very particular. Top Tip! Make sure you know what gauge they work in – OO, N, O8 – so we can help you find the right locomotives, rolling stock, carriages, wagons, buildings and figures to suit. Coaches make great additions to layouts and this Hornby R40347 Coca-Cola, General Utility Vehicle Rolling Stock Coach is one of our most popular at the moment. View all coaches here.

Hornby R40347 Coca-Cola, General Utility Vehicle


Mindful Moments

We now stock tons of jigsaws and have a huge range starting at 68 pieces going up to 1000! This beautiful Kidicraft jigsaw of Skating by the Church scene is best enjoyed while eating a mince pie and listening to festive tunes. 


Family  Fun

It’s waaaaay more fun when the whole family can get involved. This Hornby Family Fun Project is great value and has everything you need (and we only have one left in stock!)

Hornby Family Fun Project

Railway History Buff

Did you know we have tons of books about Britain’s railway history? We can recommend this one which is not only a great gift for the modeller in your life but also for the historian. 

If exploring two floors of fun to find the perfect item is someone on your lists idea of a great day out, our vouchers are the solution. Pick them up online or in store.

 Chester Model Centre Gift Card

Happy Christmas and happy hobbying from Paul, Mark, Lindsay, Matt, Colin, Ian, Ben and the whole family at Chester Model Centre!

P.S. Take advantage of FREE Parking on selected days at Chester Racecourse (CH1 2LY). You can also get 4 hours FREE Parking when you spend £15 at Tesco on Frodsham Street (CH1 3JS). 

Free Parking at Chester Racecourse CH1 2LY from 10am on selected days  

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