Christmas in Liverpool is a pretty special occasion, there are so many festive things to see and do!

We’ve got ice festivals, christmas markets, plenty of pantos, carol concerts and a couple of visits from Father Christmas himself. 

If you’re planning a festive trip to the city then have a look at the top 25 things to tick off your Christmas list before the big day comes around. 

1. Take to the ice for some ice skating


The Christmas Ice Festival is returning to Liverpool’s Waterfront this winter for another year celebrating the festive wonderland. Open from 13th November to 5th January, the festival features a huge ice slide and a covered outdoor ice rink alongside rides and plenty of places to grab a hot drink and something to eat. 

Nothing shouts ‘festive!’ more than ice skating followed by a hot chocolate. 

2. Head to some festive markets


Everyone loves a Christmas Market and Liverpool’s are back at St George’s Plateau from 15th November. There will be a whole host of stalls selling christmas gifts, a TeePee bar serving festive tipples and the Ski Lodge for a bit of festive karaoke! 

Foodies will be impressed too as the Bavarian Grill will be back cooking up a festive storm and those incredible Yorkshire Pudding Wraps are making a very welcome return. 

3. Shout all the panto classics at a Christmas show


It’s not Christmas until you've been to a festive panto and shouted ‘They’re behind you!’ to one of the fairytale characters gracing the stage. 

Liverpool is going all out this Panto season with everything from Peter Pan and Jack & the Beanstalk to the Scouse Snow White flying into the city’s theatres. Check out our blog on all the pantos you can expect to see this year.

Pick your favourite one, grab the whole family and settle down for an evening of festive madness.  

4. Watch a film floating on the Royal Albert Dock


We all love a Christmas film screening during the festive season but we can bet you have never watched a Christmas classic floating on the Royal Albert Dock! Head down to the floating cinema to snuggle under the blankets and heaters and enjoy everything from Love Actually, Elf, The Grinch, Home Alone and loads more. 

There will also be some impressive projections cast onto the inside of The Dock alongside over one million twinkling lights illuminating the 86 iconic columns! It’s definitely the place to be this Christmas. 

5. Visit a giant Father Christmas


Father Christmas is heading into town early this year and he’s grown about 10 foot! The famous Blackler’s Santa statue that once stood in the center of the popular Blackler’s Department store will be returning to the Museum of Liverpool for you to visit him. From 19th December to 7th January, you will be able to snap a photo with the larger than life Santa himself. 

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6. Get cosy in this bar turned magical grotto


This hidden gem, Miracle on Seel Street will have you feeling like you have walked right into Father Christmas’ living room. The festive pop up bar is packed floor to ceiling with Christmas decorations, trees, cosy couches and a bar serving up all your favourite seasonal tipples. 

They’re also putting on a series of film showings, so book your place early to catch all the Christmas classics. 

7. Gallop into a horse show


The Liverpool International Horse Show is galloping back into Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena this Christmas for a fifth year of show stopping equestrian events. Some of the world’s finest riders, including Olympians and Global sports stars, will compete for the ultimate Grand Prix Liver Bird Show Jumping trophy. 

8. Walk through a tunnel of lights


Nothing is more Christmassy than a Liverpool Light Spectacular and this year there will be a 50 meter LED tunnel of lights right through the city centre on Church Alley. With a light show every hour starting from 4:30 until 7:30; it’s going to make for the perfect selfie spot this festive season. There will also be a walk through Christmas Tree and some angel wings to add to the Christmas photo album. 

9. See some illuminated animals 


Discover the magic of Enchanted at Knowsley Safari this Christmas as illuminated animals guide your way to Santa’s Grotto. With lots of lights, a visit from Father Christmas, festive food and magical music, the whole family can make wonderful memories this holiday season. 

10.  Sing under a Christmas Tree


You might be familiar with the rather large light up tree that calls Liverpool ONE home for the festive season but did you know that underneath the tree there is a Christmas bar?! Head to Bar Hutte for seasonal beverages over a friendly catch up or a bit of carol-oeke! Yes, you read that right, festive themed karaoke! 

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11. Get festive at Camp and Furnace


Camp and Furnace are going all out this year with a whole host of events. There’s classic Christmas films, family friendly activities, festive quizzes, ABBA discos and a whole lot of mulled wine. There will be something for everyone’s levels of festive cheer.  

12. Go on a journey with Buddy the Elf


One of the most popular Christmas films, Elf, has been given the stage treatment and flying into the M&S Bank Arena for Elf: A Christmas Spectacular. The heart warming story of Buddy the Elf features a huge cast, a 30 foot Christmas tree the audience decorates themselves, a flying sleigh, massive stunts and some pretty impressive CGI scenery. 

In the words of Buddy himself, you’d be a cotton-headed ninny muggins to miss out!

13. Have a festive laugh


If you fancy a laugh this Christmas head over to the Hot Water Comedy Club’s Christmas Special for a festive twist on their comedy night. Expect lots of seasonal jokes, a christmas tipple or two and a brilliant night out!

14. Sit down for a story with Santa


Father Christmas will be arriving at Liverpool Town Hall this December for special Story Time with Santa sessions! Take the kids along for a festive story and a bit of a sing along with Santa and Buddy the Elf.

15. Sing along with the Christmas crooner himself


There is no better way to welcome in the festive season than by spending the evening with Michael Buble at the M&S Bank Arena - it’s not Christmas without his trademark velvety vocals after all. 

16.  Get the shorts and t-shirt out...


The Palm House in Sefton Park are doing things a bit differently this year and going all tropical. Instead of Santa’s usual snow and cold weather climate he will be enjoying his pre-Christmas holiday under the sunny roof of the Palm House at his Tropical Christmas Grotto and you’re invited. You can also hang out with Mother Christmas too!

17. Settle down to a Christmas Classic


Find a better way to spend Christmas Eve than at The Philharmonic Hall watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. We’ll wait. 

Head to the stunning music hall on December 24th with the whole family donned in christmas jumpers and settle down for a Christmas classic. Team it with an after show dinner on Hope Street and you’ll be all sorted for a visit from Father Christmas in the morning. 

18.  Enjoy a bit of classical music


It wouldn't be December without the annual Spirit of Christmas concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. a glorious selection of Yuletide music, classic carols and Christmas cheer will be brought to the stage by conductor Ian Tracey and the Royal Philharmonic Choir. This will definitely get you in the festive mood! 

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19. Enjoy a movie at a Liverpool landmark


Christmas films are a staple part of the festive season and what better place to pull up a chair and settle down for a classic than at St George’s Hall. The Luna Winter Cinema are bringing everything from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ to ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Love Actually’. 

Grab your tickets before they sell out!

20. Walk through the air with The Snowman


Immerse yourself in the irresistible animated tale The Snowman this Christmas at the Anglican Cathedral. The classic Christmas film will be accompanied by a live orchestra as they bring the story of The Snowman to life. 

21. Dig into a festive lunch


In the few weeks running up to Christmas one of the most festive things to do is head out with your family or friends for a big Christmas meal. There are plenty of places you can head for a traditional roast or something a bit different so check out our blog on all the restaurants serving up Christmas on a plate

22.  Find some handmade Christmas presents 


The North West’s biggest arts and crafts fair is back at the Anglican Cathedral this year for another perfect Christmas shopping trip. Amongst the aisles of stalls you’ll find over 200 independent arts and crafts businesses selling everything from screen prints, paintings, photography, jewellery, woodwork, textiles and pretty much everything else..if you can hand make it, you’ll find it here!

It’s the perfect setting for getting in the festive spirit and to pick a few Christmas bargains up along the way. 

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23. Play a round of festive bingo


Nothing says Christmas in Liverpool better than a night at Bongo’s Bingo festive celebrations. Jonny Bongo and his band of dancers are bringing the Arabian Nights to Content for a night you won't forget. Alongside the usual bingo antics, Fleur East will be turning up for a sing song and to get involved with all the action. Book the last few remaining tickets before they go! 

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24. Treat yourself to some Christmas bath bombs


Head to the biggest Lush store in the world right here in Liverpool to stock up on all your Christmas gifts or a treat or two for yourself. There is a whole floor dedicated to the festive fresh handmade cosmetics so you can spend a good while exploring all your favorite items. 

25. Do a bit of Christmas shopping


Christmas shopping is a whole event in Liverpool and it doesn't get much better than heading to Liverpool ONE. With all your favourite high street stores, places to eat and loads of festive decorations, it’s the best place to get you in the Christmas spirit for the most wonderful time of the year. 

The Polar Adventure will also be popping up at Liverpool ONE this festive season you won't want to miss. Jump on board the Christmas Express departing from Chavasse Park and enjoy a journey to the North Pole. The magical train will take you to a special pop up polar party full of music, glittering decorations and lots of fun activities. 

You can also explore the Metquarter for Liverpool’s top boutiques, Church Street for a look around some highstreet chains including M&S and Primark or Bold Street for vintage and independent stores. 

We told you there was so much going on didn't we?! Even if you don't manage to tick off all 25 you'll still have the best festive time in Liverpool. ๐ŸŽ„

Let us know what you are getting up to by tagging us on your posts on Instagram at @visitliverpool_ and Twitter @VisitLiverpool

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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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