Liverpool, it's special every day of the year, that's undeniable. Liverpool at Christmas? Well, it's magic. 

From 30ft trees to 5 metre tall Santa's. Independent Winter markets to the full glamorous spree at our retail hub. Snow Balls, Christmas Jumpers and and Ice Festivals - Christmas in Liverpool sounds good on paper but just wait 'til you experience it in reality. We've pulled together 17 reasons why this year, you should make Liverpool your Christmas city break. Enjoy.

1. To gaze in awe at the tallest Christmas tree in the city

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You might have seen it on pictures, but this year it's your chance to see it face-to-face. Liverpool ONE’s iconic tree will stand pride of place in the middle of the buzzing retail hub - 30 metres tall and emblazoned with 280 mesmerising heart lights, it’s the perfect backdrop for a shopping stroll. It just doesn’t get more festive.

Where: outside John Lewis on Paradise Street

2. ...once you’re done gazing up at it, to step inside

The festivity doesn’t end outside. Beneath the tree, you’ll find an exclusive alpine-themed bar, complete with festive lights, carol-oke and a warming drinks to warm those wintery cockles. All you need are a bunch of friends, your cosiest gear and a Christmas tune or two. We suggest booking them right away as they get nabbed pretty quickly.

Where: Bar Hutte

Be sure to book!

3. Grab a tipple at the Home Alone Themed Bar 

No seriously - you read it right.

The Baltic Triangle's revolutionary cazy golf concoction Ghetto Golf have set up camp for Christmas in none other than a Home Alone themed bar. Complete with Christmas living rooms, a festive cocktail menu plus Sinatra remixes, Christmas bands, gigantic Christmas trees and every Christmas decoration possible - its not only a must for the fans of the Christmas classic, but for, well, anyone. 

Where: Robert Cains Brewery, Baltic Triangle

When: Throughout the whole of Christmas! Tickets here

4. To peruse your way around our enchanting Christmas Market

Back its second year, 40 traditional festive style cabins will magically appear below our beautiful St George's Hall offering everything from bratwursts to handmade jewellery, festive decorations to edible gifts. If you were looking for the real Christmas experience, THIS is where you’ll find it.

Where: St George’s Plateau

When: From 17th November 

5. To enjoy our waterfront...with our very own Ice Festival

Can this iconic spot get anymore whimsical and romantic?!

Our incredible backdrop of our Three Graces will be transformed into the most gorgeously crisp white wonderland you’ll see. Grab some skates to embark on the ultimate festive ice skating, psych yourself up for the UK’s longest real Ice Slide and feel the freeze in the real Ice Bar, where temperatures hits below 0’c. When you’re in need of a winter warmer, look no further than the Apres Lodge; mulled wine & creamy hot chocolate are on the menu, and the DJ is on hand to get you moving.

Where: Pier Head

When: 17th November 2017 to 7th January 2018

6. To experience the Liverpool International Horse Show

You might have seen show-jumping before, but you haven’t ever experienced it like this. Arguably the BEST indoor horse show in the whole world, each event combines world-class sport, live music and spectacular family entertainment for a Christmas celebration like no other. If you’re a horse-riding fan, you’ve got to be here. If you’re not, you’re about to become a fan - that’s all we’ll say.

Where: Echo Arena

When: 29th December - 31st December

7. To sing Christmas Carols in a beautiful Neo-Classical structure

Our concert room is amazing for comedy and music #events! #liverpool See what's on at: http://goo.gl/Yj9Su6

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It just isn’t Christmas without a Christmas Carol experience. Step inside the breathtaking Concert Room in St George’s Hall as opera singer Danielle Thomas, the Sing Me Merseyside Choir and Allerton Brass Brand infiltrate your ears with the merry sound of Christmas’s much-loved tunes and traditional carols. Mince pies and mulled wine will be on hand for dutch courage, if you should need it.

Where: Concert Room, St George’s Hall

When: 7th December (2pm & 8pm), 14th December (2pm & 8pm)

8. To be dazzled by the Albert Dock’s festive 4D illuminated Projection

Picture it: the winter evening darkness becoming a canvas for the most magical and impressive light display Christmas has seen...sounds interesting doesn’t it?

We won’t give too much away - we’ll just say that at some times of the day, you best head to Albert Dock.

Where: Albert Dock

When: On now until 1st of January ๐Ÿ˜˜

9. To embark upon story time with the *real* Santa

Because the boys and girls of Liverpool have been good all year, we’re welcoming a very special guest to our spectacular Town Hall. Father Christmas himself will be reading stories to kids up to the age of 13 on the run up to the big day, which includes a special gift for everyone involved (maybe big kids can get a look-in too)

Where: Liverpool Town Hall

When: Head here for times and dates

10. To have a film night with the muppets

Another Christmas Classic can be enjoyed with some slightly different scenery - in our British Music Experience Museum. Serving cinema style snacks and drinks, plus with it being just a few days before the big day - we're all for it (and children under 5 go FREE!). 

Where: British Music Experience

When: Wednesday 20th December

11. To get in the Christmas spirit with a show

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Cinderella at Liverpool Empire, Love Actually in Concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Dreamworks Animations at Echo Arena; these are just three examples of what you can see to get that festive feeling. Whether you’re with the kids, other half or mates, a seasoned theatre-goer or music-mad, you’ll fit right in this Christmas. Oh, and you can watch The Snowman with a live orchestra at Liverpool Cathedral on 23rd December if you're around as well. You’re welcome.

12. To get your glam on at the Snow Ball

Our first #instragram post! The Great Hall and our beautiful Minton tiles. #liverpool #nofilterneeded

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If the Great Hall at St George’s Hall wasn't impressive enough, Christmas is about to wow your socks off as the hall undergoes a snowy transformation for a Black Tie Event fit for Disney. Armed with a glass of fizz and the floor fillers by the Frank Sinatra Tribute Act, Perfectly Frank, you’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked away to another time.

Where: St George’s Hall

When: 15th & 16th December at 7pm

13. To wave at the Blackler’s Father Christmas

Model of Santa #museum #liverpool #santa #fatherchristmas #santaclaus #redsuit #blacklers #departmentstore

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Over 5 metres tall with a boot size of 45, we think this might have been the largest Father Christmas you’ve ever set eyes on. Standing tall and proud at the Museum of Liverpool’s atrium for the second year, you’ll be able to see (and take a selfie) with the Santa that brought joy to around 10,000 visitors a week when it stood at Liverpool Blackler’s department store’s Winter Wonderland Grotto 1957 - 1988. We can’t wait.

Where: Museum of Liverpool

When: From 16th November

14. To pick up the last of the Christmas presents late at night

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We love the hustle, bustle and crisp air of late night Christmas shopping. Stroll down Peter’s Lane & MetQuarter for premium designer brands, head down South John Street to seek out the LEGO and Disney store or head towards Bold Street for some independent boutique bargains. One thing is for sure - you might end up coming back with more presents (for others or yourself) than you might have planned on, so pack light!

When: Late night shopping has begun at Liverpool ONE

15. To go Bavarian at Chavasse Park

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There’s nowhere better to enjoy a festive hog roast, a German swing grill that serves traditional bratwursts, crepes and the delicious taste of real Bavarian Christmas treats. Pair that will all of the kids rides on offer (carousel, helter skelter and elf swings, to name a few) and you could be spending a lot of time up here. Perfect.

Where: Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE

16. To follow the Star

Sooo @thekazimier have got Bold Street going all stranger things ๐Ÿ˜ #OneMagicalCity

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An extraordinary display of light and sound awaits you on two of our most famous and beautiful streets - Bold Street and Castle Street. Thanks to local multi-media experts, Kazimier Productions, you'll see powerful lasers shine on both streets as glistening stars bathe the night sky in colour for the festive season. All you need to do is time it right to experience (it runs every half an hour), and be sure to make a wish once you see them (a wish to come back to Liverpool in 2018 should do it ๐Ÿ˜)

Where: Bold Street and Castle Street 

17. To look down at the city in its festive glory

With Liverpool looking so illuminated and gorgeous, you need to experience it from above. Take a walk up to the 5th largest cathedral in the world, 500ft above sea level, climb aboard the Wheel of Liverpool down by the docks, or get yourself up to the Radio City Tower to experience the panoramic Christmas glow. Wherever you go to see it, make sure you get here - because this Christmas, it has to be Liverpool!

To explore even more magical experience this Christmas, head to onemagicalcity.co.uk, and have a look at our extra-special hashtag #OneMagicalCity


This blog has been written by Lydia Hampson-Delamere, Marketing Executive for Marketing Liverpool. You’ll see her posting everything Liverpool on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts and on our blogs.

She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a 1st in English, after travelling around South East Asia.

In her spare time you’ll probably find her looking at food on Instagram, playing with her boyfriend’s dog and looking for her next potential holiday.

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