Christmas has finally arrived in Liverpool and we’re not one to shy away from the festivities. It’s time to grab your coat and mittens and celebrate the festive season!  

There is so much to do in Liverpool this Christmas season; from classic pantos, festive markets, huge gigs and special ice festivals, we’re spoilt for choice with what to do. So, to make the decisions easier, we have put together 25 top attractions and events to give you some inspiration for this years festive celebrations!


WINTER ARTS MARKET

This year’s Winter Arts Market returns on Saturday 1st December, transforming Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral into a bustling market once again. With over 200 local independent artists, designers and makers offering their handmade creations, there will be something for everyone - especially if you’re stuck on what to buy for the fussy friend in your life. It’s a great way to spend the first weekend in December to get you in the mood for Christmas!


BLAC RABBIT LIVE

Blac Rabbit broke the internet this year when a video of them performing Beatles songs on the New York City subways went viral and this December, they’re coming to Liverpool! Performing a special intimate gig at The Beatles Story on the Royal Albert Dock, Blac Rabbit will take to the replica Cavern Club stage for a night of classic Beatles hits. With vocals so good you would think you were in the presence of Lennon and McCartney themselves this is not a gig to miss this festive season!


CHRISTMAS ICE FESTIVAL

The Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival is back this year, as the iconic Pier Head is transformed into a winter wonderland fit for the whole family. For the thrill seekers, grab some skates for a bit of ice skating, whizz down the giant ice slide or brave the Ice Jet ride. 

If the ice isn't your thing, have a go on the fun fair or explore the food stalls with some festive mulled wine or a hot chocolate. Open from 10th November till 6th January, there is plenty of time to embrace the Christmas spirit. Make sure you wrap up warm!


SPECTACULUM

Roll up, roll up! The big top is in town! The adult only circus, Spectaculum, is brought to you by the mysterious Albus Wolfgang and will make for a great night out with your friends this festive season. Enjoy classic carnival games such as Hook-A-Duck, Ring Toss, Tin Can Alley and a Coconut Shy, whilst sipping on some sumptuous cocktails and sampling the delicious hot treats. We’ll see you there!


BALTIC MARKET

There is plenty going on at the Baltic Market over the festive season that you definitely do not want to miss out on. 

Do you love dogs? Of course you do! Take your pooch down to the market on December 9th to meet Santa Paws himself and pick up some festive canine treats. To top it off, there’s also a doggy fancy dress competition, so have your pup don their best festive outfit to be in with the chance of winning. All funds raised will go towards the Merseyside Dogs home.

If Santa Paws isn't your thing, head down to one of their festive film nights throughout December and enjoy a Christmas classic with a glass of mulled wine. They’re showing Home Alone, Elf and Love Actually so there is something for everyone. Tickets are free but donations are highly encouraged as all the money raised will be going to three local charities, grab yours quick! 


THE COURTEENERS

Following their slots on the main stage at this years Reading and Leeds Festivals, The Courteeners are bringing their own headline gig to the Echo Arena this winter. This year also saw the band celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘St. Jude’ so there is no doubt this gig will turn into a massive party. With support from Gerry Cinnamon and Liverpool’s own Zuzu, treat yourself or a loved one with some tickets because it is definitely not a gig to miss this festive season. 


THE EVERYMAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PANTO: THE SNOW QUEEN

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is back at the Everyman Theatre this year with a frosty performance from The Snow Queen. Unlike any other panto in the city, the cast sing, dance, entertain and play live music on the stage to get even the most humbug of guests up on their feet dancing. This is a show for all the family to enjoy this Christmas, running from Saturday 24th November to Saturday 19th January make sure you get your tickets fast because it always proves popular!


LIVERPOOL PRINT FAIR 

The Liverpool Print fair is back for the second time this year on Saturday 24th November, showcasing affordable handmade art from a variety of talented printmakers, designers and illustrators from around the UK. Held at Constellations in the Baltic Triangle, it’s the perfect setting to explore work from a diverse mix of artists with something to suit everyone’s budget. From prints, to greetings cards and gifts, you might even be able to do some Christmas shopping whilst you’re there.


LIVE AT HOT WATER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 

Fancy a laugh this festive season? Head on down to the Auditorium at the Echo Arena for three nights of award winning comedy from the Hot Water Comedy Club. With a lineup made up of Hot Water regulars including Paul Smith, Adam Rowe and Freddy Quinne; Friday night sees special guest Paul Sinha, one of the chasers on ITV’s The Chase, take to the stage to show off his set. We promise the jokes will be better than the one you find in your cracker on Christmas day!  


BROKEN SYMMETRIES 

If you are into art and science, FACT Liverpool’s new winter exhibition, Broken Symmetries, is for you.  Having spent the last three years working with CERN, they have brought together commissions by ten international artists who are exploring the shifting realities of modern science and the physical world. 

Even if science isn't your thing, FACT’s exhibitions are always fascinating and will make a great break from all the Christmas shopping. Free to attend and open from 22 November 2018 to 3 March 2019, there are plenty of reasons to pop on down.


LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Liverpool loves a good Christmas shopping experience and we are very excited that the Christmas markets at St George’s Plateau are back this year to get us in the festive spirit. With over 40 stalls from across four continents selling mouth-watering food and unique arts and crafts, enjoy the atmosphere with some freshly roasted chestnuts and a hot chocolate. To top it off, the Yorkshire Pudding Christmas Dinner Wraps are back too!

Be sure to stop off at the Windmill Bar on your trip too and warm up with a mulled wine or sip on a traditional German beer. Open from 17 November until 22 December, we’ve got our coats on ready!


BLACKLER’S SANTA 

Do you remember the giant Father Christmas from Blackler’s department store? Well after undergoing a massive transformation, an updated body and a new suit, he’s back this year and standing proud at the Museum of Liverpool. Standing at over 5 meters tall and with a size 45 boot, it is the perfect opportunity to relive the old days of visiting Santa or to take the kids along for them to experience it too. Don’t forget your phone for the ultimate Father Christmas selfie! 


LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW

If you are a fan of horses and looking for something to do between Christmas and New Year, the Liverpool International Horse Show is returning to the Echo Arena once again. Setting the bar for equestrian events; some of the world’s finest riders, including Olympians and Global stars will compete for the ultimate prizes. Taking place on Friday 28th of December to Monday 31st of December, it is the perfect way to bring in the new year.


THE SCOUSE CINDERELLA

We love a good family trip to the panto in Liverpool this time of year, but the Royal Court like to do things a bit differently with their adult only panto. After their smash hit success last year with The Scouse Nativity, this year they have brought out The Scouse Cinderella! Taking the traditional tale and adding bucket loads of scouse humour, join poor old Cinders as she goes on a journey she won’t forget. The Scouse Cinderella will run from Friday 23rd of November to Saturday 19th January.


LIVERPOOL’S FAMOUS GROTTO

The world’s first and oldest Santa’s Grotto returns to Liverpool for its 139th year in the city. Formerly at Lewis’ Department store, it can now be found in its new home in St John’s Market. 

Have a family photo taken with Santa himself, explore the gift shop and then head on into the workshop where the kids can take part in arts and crafts activities. It is a fun filled day out for the whole family and an excellent Christmas tradition too. 


CALENDAR GIRLS

If you’re after something musical this winter, head down to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre to experience Calendar Girls. Coming straight from London’s West End with rave reviews, the production is based on the real life story of a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. 

Featuring an all star cast including Fern Britton, Denise Welch and Anne-Jane Casey and here for a week only it is definitely something you do not want to miss whilst it is in Liverpool this Christmas. 


FOLLOW THE STAR

Sometimes a walk around the city is a great way to spend an afternoon during the holidays and this year there is all the more reason to grab your coat and a wooly hat. 

Follow The Stars across the city centre as giant light installations light up Bold Street, Church Street, Lord Street, Castle Street and Williamson Square for you to follow their path. 

Alongside the trail, a video installation will transform Castle Street into another world, whilst the real 50 ft Christmas tree that sits atop of Church Street has been brought back by popular demand. 

There are plenty of lights scattered about so make sure you go out and explore!


JURASSIC PARK: FILM WITH A LIVE ORCHESTRA

Dinosaurs are Christmassy, right?

Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time this Christmas with the 25th Anniversary of Jurassic Park at the Liverpool Philharmonic. The groundbreaking cinematic experience has been made even better with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ magnificent score, live, alongside the film. With shows on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of December, it would even make a great surprise gift for your loved one this Christmas. 


ST GEORGE’S CHRISTMAS CINEMA

Who doesn't love a good movie night at Christmas? Well, now imagine watching one of your favourite festive films in a setting as amazing as St George’s Hall! 

With a big screen showing all the Christmas classics including; The Muppets Christmas Carol, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf, Die Hard, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Holiday, Love Actually and The Greatest Showman, there is something for everyone at this ultimate Christmas cinema experience. With shows running from the 19th to the 23rd of December it is a great way to start the festivities.

To add that extra festive touch, there’s mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate on offer as well as a full bar! 


JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Fe-fi-fo-fum, a giant panto this way comes! 

Head over to the Liverpool Empire Theatre this winter for Jack and the Beanstalk, their giant pantomime spectacular. Follow Jack on his journey up the beanstalk after he sells his trusty cow for some magical beans. It’s a classic story so expect laughs, music, special effects and bundles of audience participation, just what you need for a family night out this festive season. 


BAR HÜTTE

Visit Bar Hütte underneath the giant Liverpool One Christmas tree for a unique take on the alpine Après Ski. Not only do you get your own hütte, you will also have your very own host who will bring over all the festive drinks your heart desires. Each hütte also includes a ‘Carol-oke’ machine so you can sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes whilst sipping on a glass of mulled wine. This is what Christmas is all about!


THE PALM HOUSE

Over the Christmas season, Sefton Park’s Palm House has a packed out calendar of events to get you in the mood for the festive season. From pop up markets, carol concerts, garland making workshops to a series of classic Christmas movie nights; there is something for everyone. Even taking a stroll through Sefton Park to see the beautiful Palm House itself is a brilliant way to spend a frosty winter afternoon and if you're lucky enough to go when it snows you're in for a treat! 

Who else is already feeling very Christmassy? We sure are at the Palm House! ⛄❄🎄🎉 And to add to our excitement we are offering, for the very first time, a BLACK FRIDAY OFFER!!! Until 5pm today only you can get £5 off our wreath and chocolate making workshops!! Wreath Making with Afternoon Tea Friday 8 December at 10am or 2pm You will be welcomed to the Palm House with a mulled wine and a mince pie. Spend 3 hours making a beautiful wreath under the expert guidance of Lorraine, a professional florist with over 30 years experience. Then indulge in a delicious festive afternoon tea. FOR TODAY ONLY £50,usually £55 per person. Chocolate Making with Afternoon Tea Thursday 14 December at 1pm or 4pm MIX,PIPE,DIP & DECORATE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES FROM START TO FINISH WITH ARTISANS CHOCOLATIER OLIVER DUNN. You will be welcomed to the Palm House with a prosecco and a mince pie. Watch a detailed truffle making demonstration by one of our chocolatiers, then its your turn to put your new skills to the test. First mix the cream and Belgian chocolate along with your chosen flavour, pick from our own infused cocktail flavours – Espresso Martini or Gin & Tonic. Then, pipe the truffle centres and lastly dip and decorate your truffles ready to take home. FOR TODAY ONLY £30,usually £35 per person. To book a place or buy one as a gift call us in the office today on 0151 726 9304. Happy Christmas shopping! x #BlackFriday #Christmas #DeckThePalms

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YA NAN’S BIG CRIMBO QUIZ

A Christmas quiz like no other, full of surprises, cash karaoke, blind date, play your cards right and family fortunes - Nan is back in her Christmas jumper with all the decorations in tow. Perfect for a festive night out with your friends, expect plenty of Christmas drinks, confetti cannons and giant inflatables. Her house parties always sell out so get your tickets fast!


STORY TIME WITH SANTA

See the *real* Santa this Christmas at Liverpool Town hall. A perfect day out for the family, the kids will get to meet the big man himself and receive a special Christmas present before story time begins. Each story session lasts around 30 minutes so it’s the perfect amount of time to leave the little ones spellbound. Running throughout December with loads of times to choose from, grab your tickets quick for this special Christmas treat. 


MIRACLE ON SEEL STREET

Did you know there is a hidden grotto for adults on Seel Street? Well now you do! The speakeasy style bar is decked out with Christmas trees, fairy lights, fake snow and a cosy ‘log fire’ to keep you warm. With all your favorite festive drinks, snacks and Christmas movies you’ll feel right at home in this pop up living room. So grab a mince pie and pull up a chair by the fire!


There you have it, 25 things to do in Liverpool over the festive season that will get everyone in the mood for Christmas! Let us know what you are getting up to on social media using #MyLiverpoolChristmas so we can share our favourites. 


BLOG POST PROFILE

This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC. 

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