This year, Christmas isn’t cancelled… it’s just different, and there are still plenty of things you can get up to in Liverpool this festive season whilst following social distancing rules.

From pantos to craft fairs, Christmas shopping and bottomless brunch there’s still lots to do. To help give you a bit of inspiration, we have made a list of 25 festive activities you can do with your household or support bubble to end the year with a bit of festive cheer.

The health and safety of our visitors, residents and local businesses is vital and it's important we all follow the restrictions that are in place so everyone can enjoy Christmas safely. For more information on the restrictions currently in place in the Liverpool City Region please visit our Frequently Asked Questions


1. A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE


Christmas at Liverpool Playhouse will no doubt be magical this year with the arrival of ‘A Christmas Carol’. From 5th to 24th December the Charles Dickens classic will be performed to a socially distanced audience and will make for the perfect evening out with your household or support bubble this festive season. For more information on their social distancing measures and to book tickets please visit their website here


2. WINTER ARTS MARKET


The wonderful Winter Arts Market at Liverpool Cathedral is back this year with lots of social distancing measures in place for their two mini editions on 5th and 12th December. Book your tickets online here to enjoy a bit of Christmas shopping in the most magnificent surroundings


3. VIRTUAL SANTA DASH LIVERPOOL


The annual BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is going virtual this year due to social distancing measures but you can still get involved and help raise money for eight different charities. From Wednesday 2nd December the Santa Dash pop-up shop opens at Williamson Square for you to register and pick up your Santa pack which includes a run number, red or blue Santa Suit and a medal which you can use to run your 5k for 20th December. 


4. JACK AND THE BEANSTALK


From the 18th to 27th December, the M&S Bank Arena will be bringing their festive panto, Jack And The Beanstalk to the stage for a socially distanced audience. It’s the perfect way to treat your household or support bubble to a bit of festive cheer this Christmas. For more information on their social distancing measures and to book tickets please see their website here


5. EVERYMAN CHRISTMAS CABARET 


The Everyman Theatre will be opening their doors this Christmas to a whole host of festive fun for a Christmas Cabaret. Their famous auditorium will turn into a beautiful cabaret space perfect for their run of socially desitanced shows. Join in with ‘Everyman and Friends’ from 10-12 December and enjoy, ‘The Everyman Christmas Cabaret’ from 17-24 December! For more information on their social distancing measures and to book tickets please see their website here


6. THE SNOWMAN: FAMILY CONCERT


The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall are celebrating Christmas with socially distanced screenings of the Christmas classic, The Snowman on 19-20 December. The seasonal screening will be accompanied by the live orchestra who’ll also be sharing a whole stocking full of musical treats, including music from the film Frozen! For more information on their social distancing measures and to book tickets please see their website


7. ROYAL COURT SELECTION BOX CHRISTMAS SHOW


This festive season Royal Court Theatre are helping to spread a bit of Christmas cheer with their wonderful Royal Court Selection Box show! Their socially distanced show will be full of singing and laughter and will make for the perfect evening out with your household or support bubble. The shows will be running from 16 December to 30 January 2021 and you can book your tickets here.


8. KNOWSLEY SAFARI -  ENCHANTED 


From 2 to 30 December, Knowsley Safari will once again turn into a winter wonderland for their Christmas light trail, Enchanted. Explore the safari after dark and be guided by magical lights, music and amazing illuminated animals. For more information and to book tickets for your household or support bubble please visit their website. 


9. SHIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS GHOST TOUR


If you’re looking for something frighteningly festive to do this Christmas season then a tour of Liverpool with Shiverpool will be just what you’re after. For more information on the tour and to book tickets please visit their website


10. ODEON LIVERPOOL ONE PANTO


This Christmas, Odeon at Liverpool ONE are hosting a live, not streamed, pop up performance of Cinderella from 18th December. Designed for ‘Family Audiences’ and following strict social distancing measures, this 75 minute, one act show will feature cutting edge scenes, songs and costumes perfect for a festive surprise for the family. For more information on their social distancing measures and to book tickets please see their website here


11. ROYAL ALBERT DOCK LIGHT WALK


Evening strolls just got a lot more festive at the Royal Albert Dock and you can explore it all by following their Christmas Light Walk Map which you can download from their website here. Wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate and go on a magical journey around Christmas on the dock. 


12. MERSEYMADE


There is nothing more festive than a turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwich with a pot of gravy to dip it in, a hot drink and a bit of Christmas shopping. Did you know you can do all this at Merseymade? Head over to sample their amazing menu and explore all the arts and crafts they have for the perfect Christms gift. 


13. THE PARKING LOT SOCIAL 


John Lennon Airport is the location for a series of Drive-in events this Christmas from 9-13 December including a pantomime, cinema evenings and even a silent disco. All events are socially distant and you can find out more about them on their website here


14. LIVERPOOL ONE CHRISTMAS TREE


Christmas in Liverpool isn’t complete without a trip to see the Liverpool ONE Christmas tree. Take a walk around Liverpool ONE with a hot drink and grab a selfie with the heart adorned tree. Tag us in your photos using #LoveYourLiverpool so we can see your festive snaps! 


15. OTTERSPOOL ADVENTURE


Otterspool Adventure is being transformed into a Magical Family Christmas Experience this year and it’s perfect for the kids to enjoy a bit of festive cheer. There’s everything from pantomies to Santa’s grotto, Make a Bear workshop and lots more, all with social distancing measures in place. You can find out more on their website here


16. MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL BLACKLERS SANTA


Santa Claus is heading back to the Museum of Liverpool this Christmas as the famous Blackler’s Santa makes his return. You can find out all about the return of Santa Claus to the museum in our behind the scenes blog here.  


17. LUSH LIVERPOOL 


Did you know that Liverpool is home to the biggest Lush store in the world? It’s definitely worth heading along to do a bit of Christmas shopping because their Chrstmas selection is incredible! 


18. CHURCH STREET CHRISTMAS TREE


The real tree on Church Street is up and is the perfect spot to grab a festive selfie whilst doing your Christmas shopping or enjoying a meal with your household or support bubble. Head over to take a photo and tag us in your snaps on social media using @VisitLiverpool.


19. SIX BY NICO CHRISTMAS MENU


Six By Nico are launching their new six course tasting menu this Christmas with a festive feast! With festive treats such as ‘Memories of a Christmas Market’, ‘Partridge In a Pear Tree’ and ‘Who Hate’s Brussel Sprouts?’ on the menu you’ll be in for a special night out here. For more information on their social distancing measures and to book a table visit their website here. 


20. WILLIAMSON SQUARE TREE


Stop off at Williamson Square on your Christmas shopping to get a photo of the festive Christmas tree in front of Liverpool Playhouse! It’s always a good spot for a Christmas photo. 


21. CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE


If you’re struggling to find any inspiration for your Christmas shopping then don’t worry, we have it all covered in our Liverpool Christmas Gift Guide! From food & drink to gifts, experiences and art work, there's bound to be something in there for everyone this festive season. Have a look at our Gift Guide blog here


22. BALTIC MARKET


Take a trip to the Baltic Market in the Baltic Triangle with your household or support bubble this festive season to try Hafla Hafla’s ‘Halloumi in Blankets’. Yep, that's halloumi wrapped in bacon. A Christmas miracle. 


23. FESTIVE BRUNCH AT BRUNCH CLUB


Bottomless Christmas Brunch is arriving at The Brunch Club this festive season and will be the perfect way to celebrate with your household or support bubble. There’s two platters to choose from and they are both filled with all your favourite brunch items. Visit their website for more information.  


24. CHRISTMAS FOOD & DRINK


If you’re looking for somewhere to eat with your household or support bubble this Christmas then have a look at our blog on Christmas Food & Drink in Liverpool. There is everything from bottomless brunch to festive drinks, roast dinners and festive feasts.


25. LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS WALK 


One of the best things about Christmas in Liverpool is how festive it looks! Each corner of the city is lit up with magical lights and the best way to explore it is by taking a walk around the city. We've put together a blog on the best places to walk around teh city to maeks ure you don't miss anything!  


Due to venues having different guidelines, booking systems and opening hours we would always recommend checking ahead with each one before your visit. 

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