The countdown to Christmas is officially ON - you’re probably already stocked up on tins of celebrations, the Christmas shop has begun and the kids are getting more excited everyday!

From huge ice slides to giant magical Christmas tree’s there is no better place to enjoy some family fun this Christmas than in Liverpool. Here are our top picks to help you enjoy some magical family time together…


STORY TIME WITH SANTA

See the *real* Santa this Christmas in the most spectacular setting - Liverpool Town Hall! Perfect for kids under the age of 12, they’ll get to say hello to the man himself, along with all his elf helpers. Each child will get to take home a special gift and the adults can take a wander around this magnificent building - a win, win situation!


LIVERPOOL ICE FESTIVAL

The enchanting Ice Festival is back for another year - featuring an exhilarating ice slide, covered ice skating rink, fun fair rides for the kids and plenty of food & drink stalls to get you in the festive spirit.

Situated on the world famous Pier Head in front of the Three Graces, there’s no better backdrop to take the whole family to enjoy some Christmas fun. Don’t forget to wrap up warm, it may be a little chilly down there!


SECRET WINTER GARDEN AT CROXTETH HALL

Families are invited to step into the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Croxteth Hall and Gardens this December, where a magical, illuminated adventure awaits. This grand Victorian venue and its stunning gardens will be transformed into a luminous wintery wonderland, to delight and enthrall visitors of all ages.

Uncover a glowing trail full of giant surprises, secret pathways, amazing creatures and enchanting characters. There is also a beautiful twilight market and Lantern Company workshops where you can make mini lanterns or tree decorations.


SEE A PANTO

There is no better time of the year to get the family together for a trip to the theatre than at Christmas to see a panto! With plenty of theatres across Liverpool, there is a show for all tastes and audiences. Some of our top picks include; Peter Pan at ECHO Arena, A Christmas Carol at the Playhouse and Jack and The Beanstalk at Liverpool Empire.


WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE BOMBED OUT CHURCH

This Christmas, one of Liverpool's most iconic landmarks will be transformed into a magical attraction for all of the family to enjoy. Inside will be transformed into a magical festive setting where families can make their way through a whole host of activities and even make an appointment with the man himself, Father Christmas!

The two-hour time slots include Santa's Workshop where youngsters can make their own bauble or Christmas card to take home; art sessions at Mrs Claus' Art Studio; build and dress up a snow buddy in hats and scarves in the Snowland; storytelling in Storyland with character; there's the chance to show off some moves in the Silent Disco; and the highlight - A trip to Santa's Grotto.

🎅🏼Holidays are coming! 🎅🏻 Coming to you on the 1st December… One of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks will be transformed into a magical, immersive, Christmas attraction for 2018. St Luke’s “Bombed-Out” Church, situated at the top of Bold Street, will be turned into a Winter Wonderland for almost four weeks this festive season and is set to become the ‘must visit’ Christmas Grotto experience of the year in Liverpool. This enchanting experience will include; 🔺 Santa’s Grotto 🔺 Elf Workshop 🔺 Mrs Claus’s Art Studio 🔺 Silent Disco 🔺 Storyland & More. 🎁 We are giving away a family ticket for the opening week of Winter Wonderland Liverpool at the Bombed Out Church. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tag two other people who love Christmas like we do. We will announce the winner on Thursday 18th October at lunch time! We wish you the best of luck and see you in December! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 #liverpool #liverpoolevents #christmas #christmasevents #christmasgrotto #winterwonderland #winterwonderlandliverpool

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LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS MARKETS

It’s a tradition that just has to be done - the Christmas Markets are back outside St George’s Hall! Filled with over 40 stalls from across four continents selling everything from mouth-watering food and drink to to dazzling art, you’ll be able to tick a few things off your shopping list while keeping the family entertained!


FESTIVE SHOPPING AT LIVERPOOL ONE

Shopping & Kids are not usually two things you’d put together, but trust us, Liverpool ONE has you sorted for all the family fun you need this Christmas! While you tick off some of the gifts on your shopping list, let the other half take the kids to Disney, LEGO or Build A Bear where they can play to their hearts’ content!

10 days to go.. #GetChristmassy

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BLACKLER’S SANTA AT MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL

Head to the Museum of Liverpool - from the 16th November you’ll find a giant Santa at over 5 metres tall with a boot size of 45. It once stood at Liverpool Blackler’s department store’s Winter Wonderland Grotto between 1957 - 1988, and today has a new home in the museum. Don’t forget to bring your phone for a selfie!


ENCHANTED AT KNOWSLEY SAFARI PARK

Experience Knowsley Safari Park in a totally new, festive way! Explore after dark and enter into the enchanted wonderland. Here you’ll discover enchanting street performers as they guide the way into something magical. Find the light safari and be dazzled by the beautiful animal light sculptures as you make your way to the magical grotto.


Now it's up to you!

Everyones Christmas is different, unique and special in its own way. We all have our own 'magical moments' over the festive period. We hope that this has inspired you to Visit Liverpool this Christmas.

Share your time here on social using #MyLiverpoolChristmas and we can share our favourites.

Look out for further blogs and even some guest blogs coming up on the VisitLiverpool website over Christmas. For more Christmas inspiration visit visitliverpool.com/christmas.


BLOG POST PROFILE

This blog has been written by Stefan Price, Digital Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool. Stefan looks after digital activity across Marketing Liverpool/ Visit Liverpool and runs the its Liverpool social channels!
 
Stefan is 20 years old and is from Liverpool. He loves all things to do with cruises, shopping and the odd Gin and Elderflower!

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