Christmas is always a time for fun, family and fantastic memories. It’s also a time for you to kick-back, relax, and indulge in a winter break that’s jam-packed with magical experiences that you can share with each other for years to come. From animated characters and snowflakes, to meeting Santa himself; you’ve just got to visit our One Magical City for a one-stop shop of all things festive.
10am – DreamWorks Lights
Set to melt any Scrooge’s heart; the first stop on your magical Christmas trip is to the eagerly-awaited, one of a kind, DreamWorks Lights lantern extravaganza, held at St Georges Hall. Just across the road from Lime Street station, not only will the grade I listed neo-classical building take all of your breaths away, wait until you see what its inside has in store…
Over 100 giant and spectacular lantern figures from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar will illuminate the hall in over 25 scenes that you’ll certainly all know and love. With the event being the only one of its kind in the UK, it’s something that you just can’t afford to miss for your 2016 Christmas memory bank. Gaze around in wonder and say hello to your favourite animations! For further information and to book, visit here.
For a sneaky peek, take a look at our earlier blog and video.
11:00am – Christmas Markets
Next up are the wondrous Liverpool Christmas Markets. Located just outside of the magnificent St George’s Hall on the cobbled plateau…you can’t miss them! 40 festooned stalls are waiting to show you their mouth-watering cuisines, dazzling arts and festive crafts from all over the world. Look out for the giant Shrek gazing over St George’s Hall to wish you all a very, merry Christmas too. Visit here for opening times and more information.
11:30pm – The Snowflake Trail
Though we can’t always promise real snowflakes in Liverpool, we’re sure that these ones will make you feel just as Christmassy!
As you make your way towards the city centre, you’ll experience your very own winter festival; complete with dazzling lights, swirling sounds and interactive sculptural snowflakes that will guide you through stunning city locations amongst its most iconic landmarks. The snowflakes have been decorated by twelve of the UK’s most talented and exciting visual artists…with designs ranging from exotic animals to Christmas puddings.
We won’t give too much away but expect 12 giant snowflakes, 6 ‘tweetable’ snowflakes at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), interactive illustrations, one huge illumaphonium (3 and a half metre tall unique musical instrument!), a beautiful Christmas tree, a giant storybook and magical sound and light on Lord Street, Queen Square and Williamson Square.
Pick up a free map at a participating retail store and join the snowflake adventure! How many will you find? Be sure to take pictures and tweet them to us at @VisitLiverpool! Find out where you can pick up a trail map here.
1:00pm - Lunch at Liverpool ONE
Lunchtime is a big thing in Liverpool…it’s no secret what with all of the amazing food spots in the heart of the city, at Liverpool ONE. Use the ginormous Christmas tree emblazoned with hearts as a festive landmark to find a variety of restaurants to suit all taste buds, such as Jamie’s Italian, Cote Bistro or Byron. If those don’t take your fancy, head up to the top of Liverpool ONE to the terrace of Chevasse Park where Las Iguanas, Pizza Express and Yee-Rah will be patiently waiting to warm your stomachs from the icy Christmas chill. You’ll spot another Christmas market scene up here with rides and foody treats from more Bavarian wooden stalls. But remember, make sure to try out all of the rides and attractions before you eat, and gorge on all of the German sweet treats on offer afterwards! You’re welcome!
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Let’s stick around Liverpool ONE for a bit of Christmas shopping, shall we? When you’re sure to find every last thing on your gift list, why not!
Spread over three levels and over 170 retailers it’s got to be number ONE on your shopping to-do list. Department stores John Lewis and Debenhams, South John Street’s high street brands like Zara, ToysRUs and HMV and Peter’s Lane luxury stores Reiss, Ted Baker and Harvey Nichols a bit further along are here to make your gifting worries disappear. Paperchase and Utility are also on hand to offer some final touches to your presents and your home ready for the big day. P.S – Utility is ace for a unique ‘scouse’ gift.
If you’re heading past Liverpool ONE’s Christmas tree again, make sure to download the free Tree Fairies App on your phone; you’ll have the chance to find the flying fairies whirling around the tree which, once found, you’re in with the chance to win a Liverpool ONE gift card! Kids will LOVE it, old and young…. More details here.
Once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, stop off for a warming drink and a well-deserved rest at one of the 10 apres ski themed hüttes located under the Liverpool ONE Christmas tree. We dare you to find something more festive than that! If you really do want to get into the festive spirit, you could try the ‘carol-oke’? For opening times and reservations, visit here.
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5pm - Dinner
Ahoy! The Albert Dock is your next pit-stop!
Gusto is an Italian dining experience at its best. Located within the stunning and iconic Albert Dock (it’s also just steps away from the Dr Martin Luther King Jnr Building that will stage a fantastical 4D mapping display from dusk!) it’s all about the Italian charm at Gusto. Choose from the classics, Pasta, Pizza, Seafood and Meat - so everyone’s happy!
Be sure to pre-book, it’s a firm favourite and we wouldn’t want you to miss out.
6:30pm – Catch a Show
Don’t worry about the timeframe, Echo Arena is just steps away! Anyway, no Christmas would be complete without a Christmas show, right? Absolutely!
Tonight, you’ll be walking along Liverpool’s waterfront from the Albert Dock to the Echo Arena, where you can take your pick of some of the best shows on offer during the most wonderful time of the year.
For Christmas panto lovers, Liverpool has got you covered. The classic enchanted fairy tales of Cinderella at Liverpool Echo Arena and Snow White at Liverpool Empire Theatre will conjure up star-studded performances for a real night of magic.
Overnight stay at Pullman
After the festive day you’ve had, you’ll want the perfect place to rest your head – Pullman is literally right outside the Echo Arena and perfect for families after watching a show at Echo and we know that any kiddies will certainly be ready for bedtime by now!
After your show, stick to Liverpool’s iconic waterfront where the 4-star Pullman Hotel Liverpool is located on King’s Dock – only a 5-minute walk from Albert Dock. Pullman features a restaurant serving modern British cuisine, a fitness lounge, and 216 bedrooms with all of the amenities you’ll need to get those sleepy heads waking up refreshed, ready for day 2 of your Christmas adventure.
11am – Santa’s Grotto
Before you head home from Christmas town, let’s head to the rooftop grotto at The Shankly Hotel’s Garden of Eden. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the enchanted snows of Lapland as you whisk the kids off to meet Father Christmas in his magical rooftop hideaway. Not only do you adults get to see spectacular views of the cityscape, the little ones will receive a special present from Santa and a framed photograph to take home and put in pride-of-place.
As availability is limited (Santa is a busy man this time of year!) be sure to book your slot in advance to make the most of your magical meeting. For more magical information, be sure to click here.