It’s where there’s a 30ft Christmas tree and an Ice Festival that looks out onto the glistening River Mersey. Where you can drink five dollar shakes, lovingly distilled gin and tick off a Night Out off the Lonely Planet Bucket List. Where museums and galleries are free and where the waterfront is so iconic, Shanghai decided to copy it.  Where Christmas Markets glisten on neo-classical architecture and hundreds of secret, magical spots wait to be snapped up and posted on your Instagram. If you’ve heard the hype about Liverpool at Christmas, well, it’s all true.

This Christmas, you’ll be welcomed to Liverpool like an old friend that’s ready to show you the best festive time. If you like the sound of it, good - let’s get you started on your Christmas break.


 

STAY ๐Ÿ›Œ

Il nostro hotel. Addio. #Liverpool #welcome #johnlennon #weekend #wow #happinessisawarmgun

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Lucky for you, we’ve got some suggestions right in the centre of all the action. If you're a red, you'll have an absolute field day staying at the Shankly Hotel - named after the legendary LFC manager (there's a Dixie Dean Hotel coming soon), or count on Aloft to give you a bit of luxury with their loft-like rooms, with walk-in showers in the centre of town. If you’re after a hostel experience - look no further than EuroHostel; bang in the centre of town in the Cavern Quarter where you’ll meet other urban explorers, while Malmaison down by the Docks is a perfect pick for those looking for a unique and sophisticated stay.

DAY 1

11am โฐ

SHOPPING ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

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Let’s start with the important stuff - shopping. You’ve got *a few* presents left to get, but Liverpool has got you covered. The vastness of Liverpool ONE means it's got an abundance of goodies that your family, mates (and you) are going to love. Pretty Green, Zara, Urban Outfitters and plenty more down towards St Peter’s Lane will get that shopping list shortened. There's plenty of toy shops (LEGO, Disney and The Entertainer) perfect for grabbing young family members a gift, and Debenhams, John Lewis and plenty of beauty and jewellery stores will get your parents smiling from ear to ear this Christmas.

For unusual stuff, you’ve got to head towards Bold Street (it got the nod from Lonely Planet as one of the best shopping streets in the country) - try News from Nowhere that sells alternative books in a charming little rickety interior (it’s like stepping back in time), Resurrection and Pop Boutique for vintage wares and Utility for quirky home stuff that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. The Old Sweet Shop at the bottom of Bold Street is a great bet for some tasty little stocking fillers too.

Don’t forget Mathew Street and the MetQuarter - for designer brands and obligatory Beatles trinkets (hey, you can’t leave without buying at least one, right?).

1.30pm โฐ

LIVERPOOL ONE CHRISTMAS TREE ๐ŸŽ„

#lpoolone #liverpoolonetree #liverpool #lovemycity #deckthestreets ๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ

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We probably should have mentioned it above but we wanted to make it more special. As you’re whizzing by getting this and that, make sure to stop and look at our Christmas Tree emblazoned with 280 heart lights. It’s 30ft, so you won’t miss it. Now you know where it is, come back to see it at night and if you fancy taking full advantage of it, book a slot inside the tree - plenty of mulled wine and carol-oke awaits.

2pm โฐ

LUNCH ๐Ÿ˜‹

It’s the most wonderful time...for lunch. Make your way over to College Lane where you’ll have the choice of the Catalonian delight of Lunya, or the Mexican flavours of Wahaca. Both are incredible and should be tried at least once if you’re coming to Liverpool, but we’ll leave the choosing up to you (mainly because it’s so hard to choose). On the rare occasion where neither float your boat, Bold Street is only a short walk away - we recommend either Mowgli for Indian small plates or Bakchich for incredible Lebanese. Sorted.

4pm โฐ

ICE FESTIVAL โ›ธ๏ธ

One of the most Instagrammed spots in Liverpool is home to its very own Ice Festival this Christmas, and yep, it is as good as it sounds. Grab some skates to embark on the ultimate festive ice skating, or feel the freeze in the real Ice Bar, where temperatures hits below 0’c. Oh, and you best psych yourself up for the UK’s longest real Ice Slide. We’re all big kids here. If you feel like coming back here later on (which we're definitely encouraging), there's an Apres Bar that pairs cosiness with plenty of 'mulled' goodness....and a DJ. Delicious.


๐Ÿ’ก Little Tip ๐Ÿ’ก

#openeyegallery #liverpool #liverpooldocks

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If you’ve got time, why not stop off at our contemporary photography gallery in the architecturally-modern Mann Island, Open Eye Gallery. Their exhibitions are always fascinating, and the minimal vibe in here is perfect for those looking for an Instagrammable interior. With it being free, why not? Their independent shop is worth a look too - browse the British Journal of Photography and the cabinets brimming with specialised, colourful analogue cameras and accessories. Students get 10% off too - win!


6:30pm โฐ

4D FESTIVE PROJECTION ๐ŸŽ‡

Following the footsteps of Big Ben and all, the Albert Dock are putting on another festive 4D projection this year that leave nothing but Christmassy vibes. This Insta is from the projection last year but we're expecting even bigger and better things for the Christmas to come. The darkness becomes a canvas for the most magical and impressive light display - but stay up to date with the times when it's on because you’ll be a sad elf if you miss this.

7pm โฐ

DINNER ๐Ÿด

Our new BBQ glazed chicken is out of this world! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”

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Yaass, it’s dinner time. Not only does the Albert Dock look extra fabulous this time of year thanks to all of the sparkles reflected in the Mersey and Dock waters, but it’s got a pretty decent selection of restaurants too. PANAM has amazing food all year round but their Christmas menu is something else, and Revolucion de Cuba is always a winner. Stay for a while longer after your food to enjoy the amazing ambience and live music of either place - yes, they do have the odd confetti shower at Rev De Cuba (it's a Cuban Christmas in here) and yes, we are jealous. 

LATE ๐Ÿ’ƒ

#cavernclub #liverpool #cavernquarter #thebeatles #fabfour ma anche... #theyardbirds #thewho #thekinks ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #moiodamore

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The night is still certainly young and you came here for a good time - the next stop has to be up to the Cavern Quarter. No trip can be without a visit to the beating heart of Liverpool’s iconic music scene - the Cavern Club. There’s live music on every night, so there’ll be no shortage of moving and having a look at all the memorabilia on display while you’re at it. While you’re on the famous street of Mathew, grab a pint at The Grapes too, it’s one of the most famous Liverpool pubs - where you’ll bump into anything from politicians to filmmakers, writers, artists and musicians, and get to sit at the exact table where the Fab 4 mulled over lyrics with a few drinks way back when. No doubt the whole street will be buzzing with festive vibes, so just see where the wind takes you.


 

Day 2

11am โฐ

BREKKIE/BRUNCH ๐Ÿณ

HOORAH for the Full English!! #fullenglish #husliverpool #hus #breakfast #breakfastofchampions #local

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Okay, you had a late night but it was so worth it - the Christmas break can’t carry on today without first scoring a decent brunch/brekkie; agreed? On the edge of the Commercial District you’ll find HUS - a dream of minimal chic furniture and the best Scandi breakfast and brunches in the city. The menu is full of all the classics with some little twists that you can choose depending on your mood.

If you're closer towards Bold Street, stop off at Love Thy Neighbour to fill your boots. Buddha Bowls, superfood smoothies and delicious all day breakfasts will have you sorted (plus the street art on the side of the building needs a look-in too).

12:30pm โฐ

CHRISTMAS MARKETS ๐ŸŽ

If you’ve never seen St George’s Hall before, Christmas time is the perfect place to catch that first glimpse. 40 traditional festooned Christmas cabins cascade across its plateau, making it a very Christmassy scene indeed. You’ll find handmade jewellery, festive decorations and edible gifts here, plus that all important mulled wine and cider stall.


๐Ÿ’ก Little Tip ๐Ÿ’ก

If you came to Liverpool wanting a nice panoramic cityscape snap - you're in luck. There's loads of options. But luckily, there's one is just round the corner from the Christmas Markets, and it's FREE. Head up to the top of Central Library's balcony where you'll be able to catch some gorgeous views of the Christmassy city below you, good eh? If you're keen on getting a few diffrent perspectives of the city, we suggest hopping on the Radio City Tower Viewing Gallery, orrr (if you're ready to brave the winter) heading up to the Top of the Tower at Liverpool Cathedral too. All epic and all a complete must when the city looks so good at Christmas - even better when it's getting dark.


3pm โฐ

CHINA TOWN ๐Ÿฒ

Next, you’ll be heading over to the ever-cool independent hub of Baltic Triangle but first, you’ll be passing Chinatown which is just as important to see. You’ll be stopped in your tracks by our beloved Chinese Imperial Arch (the largest outside of China). This arch was actually given to us by Shanghai as a beautiful gift (we’re twin cities), and you'll see 200 dragons etched on this spectacular structure as you pass through the arch into the realms of Nelson Street. During Chinese New Year in February the streets are lit up with colour dragons and smiling faces and at Christmas, it feels magical.

ใ€ฐ RAINBOW BAGELS ใ€ฐ Serving up Rainbows in Chinatown from 930am โ›ฉ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜„ #RainbowBagels

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Go a little to the right and you’ll come across the holy grail of bagels...where bagels aren’t just for breakfast, they’re for life. The Bagelry. Buy yourself a rainbow bagel if you know what’s good for you. ๐ŸŒˆ


๐Ÿ’ก Little Tip ๐Ÿ’ก 

No doubt you’ll come across the all-famous ‘Liver Bird Wings’ street art on the wall as you make your way down Jamaica Street. It’d be rude not to stop and take a pic - you might want to bring a halo with you so that you can look quite the *Liverpool Angel* especially for Christmas, though a normal snap should do. 


4.30pm โฐ

RED BRICK VINTAGE ๐Ÿ›’

Clothes n that ๐Ÿ’ฅ

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A pinch of last minute shopping never hurt anyone, and you’ll LOVE Red Brick Vintage. It's not just a ginormous vintage warehouse - it's an experience. A treasure trove of whacky stuff, we’ve come across everything from real traffic light fixtures to an old vaulting horse (the type you saw in PE) - but there’s also tonnes of stuff like incredible vinyls, kitsch kitchen ware and SO MANY AMAZING CLOTHES. You could spend a whole day here and never get bored. 

7pm โฐ

BALTIC MARKET ๐ŸŒฎ

Who's ready for round two of Oktoberfest today then? Look at all our brand new traders as well ๐Ÿ˜

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The street food revolution has well and truly arrived in Liverpool! Specialising in bringing the best street food of the Liverpool independent eateries all under one roof, all hail the Baltic Market. Fancy an Indian? No probs. Pizza? Check. Vegan and veggie junk food? You bet! This place will welcome you with open arms and you'll never see street food the same way (delicious delicious delicious). They also have numerous independent Farmers Markets happening ad hoc where you can get the freshest and most delicious food in the whole of Merseyside. Grab a seat on one of the long tables, head to your choice of stall and grab a drink at the bar on the way back to your pew - this is food markets, Liverpool style.

LATE ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ

This is it, it’s your last night and you want to make it count. You might want to stick around the Baltic Triangle and visit some of our warehouse delights - Camp & Furnace, Constellations or 24 Kitchen Street are our favourites.

Or you can head for Seel Street - the jewel in the Liverpool party crown. Along Seel Street you’ll find our go-tos, Alma De Cuba (a converted chapel that has petal showers and cuban dancers every Friday), Kazimier Gardens (a botanical inside-outside bar of electro delight) and Santa Chupitos just around the corner (try the Five Dollar Shake, please!).

It’s also worth seeing what’s on at Invisible Wind Factory - a multi-disciplinary space that holds amazing gigs thanks to it looking like it’s just flown out of another galaxy. Wherever you go, you'll probably have one of the best nights ever. But don’t just take our word for it, take Lonely Planets.

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

Merry Christmas!  

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