Where two spectacular cathedrals are linked by a little street called Hope. Where luxury doesn’t come at a big cost. Where you can peruse your favourite stores, all within walking distance of each other. Where the visitors are well fed, well entertained and welcomed like an old friend. Where every street feels like a Winter Wonderland and magical experiences happen every day.

Because this Christmas, you deserve a city break - and Liverpool has your name written all over it. Take a look at our 2-day itinerary ideas below to have the most indulgent festive stay at one of the world’s most beautiful cities but be warned - you might never want to leave.
 

STAY

Our city prides itself in having THE best hospitality, and that’s down to our friendly locals and fantastic places to stay. Whether you prefer the independence of an apart-hotel, or being taken care of in five star luxury, you’ll find a place to feel right at home.

One of our best luxury hotels, Titanic Liverpool, is located within Stanley Docks, a World Heritage site thanks to its impressive past and historical importance. Stay here and you’ll be staying in beautifully designed rooms, inspired by the historical influences of the area. For more dockside views, the Malmaison offers first class service and is located right next to our iconic Liver Building. You’ll also be a stone’s throw away from the Albert Dock and the city centre. Parking is available for both of these hotels.

If there are two things we’re famed for, it has to be The Beatles and football. For lovers of both, make your stay the Hard Days Night hotel or the Shankly Hotel (if you’re a red, of course). Both showcase their respective memorabilia and are tastefully themed.

There’s no better surroundings than the charming Georgian Quarter for a boutique hotel and Hope Street Hotel offers a sophisticated style with bespoke, friendly service. Plus, it’s dog friendly! For more options, have a look here.

Day 1

From finding that perfect gift, to treats 'to me, from me'

Christmas! 🎅🎄🎁🎉 #PetersLane #Liverpool #L1

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Christmas is all about indulging. So, it’s only fair that the first stop on your Christmas break is to dabble in the some of the best city centre shopping hubs Liverpool is lucky enough to have. From the most luxe, high-end offerings to on-trend high-street favourites, to eclectic, one-of-a-kind gift shops, it’s all here - and it won’t take long to find it all.

In Liverpool ONE, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Find everything here from luxury brands like Swarovski, Goldsmiths and the epicentre of great brands in John Lewis. We highly suggest heading to Peter’s Lane too, where designer brands like the White Company, Radley & Hotel Chocolat. The only Harvey Nichols’ Beauty Bazaar is handily located just a few steps from here too, which means you can grab a champagne or cocktail as you peruse the beauty buys on offer, or over a manicure or massage. Hey, it’s 5pm somewhere in the world - and you’re on holiday.

If you’re embarking upon a sophisticated city break with the other half, there’s plenty to keep you both interested, with Reiss, Hugo Boss (both at Liverpool ONE) and Gieves & Hawkes (found in the Met Quarter) on hand to keep any guys looking tip top this Christmas. Or if you’re looking for somewhere to simultaneously unwind and do the Christmas shopping (yes, we promise it’s possible), our branch of Waterstones is a haven for every interest, with armchairs dotted throughout and an Illy espresso machine in-store. Stop off at Menkind if you’re a fan of gadgets and miscellany, and Ship in a Bottle (near the Met Quarter) for over 400 beers, ales, ciders, bitters and stouts to choose from.

If there’s anything we love better than shopping, it’s gin! So much so that we’ve created our very own. Pop into the Lunya deli or Nautilica at Albert Dock, and take home a bottle of our famous Liverpool Gin. Serve with juniper berries and a slice of orange in a matching Liverpool Gin balloon glass. Fallen in love yet?

A Christmas Tipple

💡#lightlunch (can't resist the pun) #lightbites #lunchdate #liverpoolone #theclubhouseliverpool

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Cheers… it’s Christmas! What’s the festive season without a tipple or two? We have you covered. For those who enjoy the hops, the beer tasting course at The Club House is something really special and will make a great outing (or early Christmas present for whoever is lucky enough to accompany you). The Club House is likely to take your breath away with its Hampton-esque white Christmassy splendour. Prefer wine tasting? Head to Veeno on Castle Street, who specialise in Sicilian wines and authentic Italian spuntini for a perfect luxury lunch.

Culture Fix

Number one to see on your Christmas break should be Liverpool Cathedral, Britain's biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe. You might be lucky enough to see the choir in action on your visit and if the weather is dry, we definitely recommend a trip up the top of the tower to see unrivalled panoramic views of the city from 500ft above sea level - even better when Liverpool is celebrating Christmas; imagine the sparkles!

For music lovers, you won't have to search for to feel the Mersey Beat. Visit the Cunard Building for The British Music Experience and see iconic music memorabilia from Freddie to Bowie. Beatles fans shouldn’t miss a visit to The Beatles Story or the Cavern Club on Mathew Street, where the famous four started their journey to world stardom. And if you want to experience more, you can take a ride on the Magical Mystery Tour, which takes you to key Beatles landmarks such as Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane. 

Be Mesmerised by the Lights

#lpoolone #liverpoolonetree #liverpool #lovemycity #deckthestreets 💜❤️💜

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Our Christmas lights are nothing short of impressive, and from the moment you step off the train at Lime Street, right down to the world famous Albert Dock, you’ll be illuminated the entire way.

At Liverpool ONE, you'll see what’s believed to be the UK’s tallest Christmas tree. Towering at 30ft, and with 280 colour-changing hearts, you’ve never seen anything like it. There’s even an alpine bar underneath the tree, complete with traditional themed huttes. Make it a Christmas to remember and have a go at their carol-oke over some mulled wine!

Be sure to stop off at Bold Street to watch an ethereal display of light and sound. It remembers the history of St Luke’s Church which sits at the top of the street; or “the bombed out church”, as it’s better known amongst locals. There's one happening on Castle Street too - just beautiful. It's runs every half-hour. 

A Culinary Adventure

Where else could you eat around the world in one city, than in Liverpool? Our culinary offering is second to none and whatever your palate, you’ll find a restaurant to suit your tastes.

Take the Sunday Times’ word for it and take a walk to The Arts School, which made the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants list of 2017 for its exceptionable quality of fine dining. Not to mention it features in the Michelin Guide 2018, citing its offering as “a bewildering array of colourful modern dishes”. Head chef, Paul Askew, is Joint Chair of the Northern Branch of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and leads the way for top quality dining in the North West. If you’re here for a couple’s weekend away then it’s a must.

Or why not try 60 Hope Street. Where the doorway is often adorned with stunning archways made of flowers. (Don’t forget to take a photo!) Not to mention it’s located in the beautiful Georgian Quarter, just a short walk from the city centre.


Ps. The Hope Street area looks gorgeous at Christmas time - you lucky things. 

Catch a Show

With no fewer than six theatres, we do love to put on a show at Christmas time. Catch War Horse at the Liverpool Empire, or for a thoroughly Liverpudlian take on the nativity story, The Scouse Nativity, showing at Liverpool’s Royal Court, will have you laughing until Christmas.

A night at spectacular art-deco Philharmonic Hall is unforgettable and we can’t wait to get into the festive spirit with Love Actually in Concert as Richard Curtis’s much-loved Christmas film will play alongside The Novello Orchestra, performing the emotional score live. Be sure to see the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - headed up by chief conductor Vasily Petrenko - while you're here. 

DAY 2

Become an Art Connoisseur

We have an eye for special things here in Liverpool, and with the most museums and galleries outside of London, it'd be rude not to enjoy it all.

#popart #roylichtenstein #tateliverpool #art

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Why not soak up world-class art at the Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool where current exhibitions include Making Himself Claire: Grayson Perry’s Dresses (free entry) and Roy Lichtenstein in Focus (free entry). 

Contemporary photography gallery in the architecturally-modern Mann Island, Open Eye Gallery, is also worth a trip. Their exhibitions are always fascinating and the building with which its held is stunning. 

Festive Afternoon Tea 

Indulging in a spot of afternoon tea

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to indulge. With that in mind, a merry twist on the traditional dining experience of afternoon tea is on the cards next. Set in 30 James Street, one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 hotels in Liverpool and a Titanic-inspired delight, Carpathia Rooftop Champagne Bar & Restaurant will be pairing mince pies and turkey cranberry sandwiches with stunning panoramic views of Liverpool’s iconic docklands for you to enjoy.

Or if you want the real “high” tea experience, try Panoramic 34, one of the UK’s highest restaurants overlooking our magnificent waterfront.

The perfect Christmas afternoon? Yep, we’ve found it.

Feel the Freeze

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. If you’re feeling like channelling Torvill and Dean, grab a pair of skates at the Ice Festival to embark on the ultimate festive ice skating, 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. If you prefer to head here once night draws in, the DJ is on hand to get you moving and you’ll grab some perfect photos while you look onto the River Mersey.

Magical Markets

We’ve mentioned our huge range when it comes to shops but our once-a-year Christmas markets are ready and waiting to welcome you too, with Baileys hot chocolates, freshly made crepes and beautifully crafted handmade gifts. Set against the spectacular grandeur of one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world, St George's Hall, you can't get better. 

If you're after more market treats, the stunning Liverpool Cathedral will be adorned with over 200 festive arts and crafts stalls, decked out with everything from tasty treats and unique festive party wear to photography, homewares and handcrafted beauty products. This Winter Arts Market is going to be incredible.

 If you were looking for the real Christmas experience, THIS is where you’ll find it.

The Sound of Christmas

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 the neo-classical 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. A merry time shall be had for all!  

The Grand Finale 

Having a lightbulb moment.. @thealchemistuk #cocktails #liverpool #lightbulbmoment #crazyscience

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All that caroling, you’re due a nice drink in beautiful surroundings. And as it is the festive season, it’s a given that we’ll be clinking those Prosecco glasses. Gino D’Acampo’s Italian restaurant on Castle Street offers an entire Prosecco Bar for you to enjoy, with ten types of Prosecco and a further five types of Italian sparkling wine. If you’re not sure which to choose, the friendly bartenders are happy to offer their suggestions.

If you’ve never had your cocktails bubbling, smoking or changing colour before your very eyes, you need to add The Alchemist to your must-do list. As one of our newest additions to the city, the bar provides a theatrical drinking experience like no other. We guarantee you'll be able to find the best cocktail you’ve ever had.

For those who just want a good cuppa, everyone around here loves Leaf, on Bold Street, for their huge selection of loose leaf teas. Their mantra is “Where there is tea, there is hope” and we couldn’t agree more. Coffee lovers don’t need to go far either, with a good handful of coffee shops (independents and well-known) spattered around town. 

For even more ideas on how to make the most of Christmas in Liverpool, have a look here.

Merry Christmas! from #OneMagicalCity

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