Christmas in Liverpool might be a little different this year but it’s certainly not cancelled. The lights are on, the Christmas trees are up and the city is still full of festive cheer. 

If you’re looking for a way to explore Liverpool at Christmas with your household or support bubble then follow our Christmas Walk to see it all! From Christmas trees at Liverpool ONE to Bella and Bertie at the Royal Albert Dock and a few hot chocolate pit stops along the way, grab your coat, wrap up warm and explore Christmas in Liverpool.

As of 2nd December, Liverpool will be placed in Tier 2. This means there are still restrictions in place which we must continue to follow to make sure everyone can have a safe and enjoyable Christmas. For more information on visiting Liverpool and the restrictions in place, please see our Frequently Asked Questions


First stop, The Royal Albert Dock! The Royal Albert Dock is beautiful all year round but Christmas is especially stunning. When you enter you’ll be greeted by Neptune and Triton, the huge sparkling statues that lead you underneath the bright blue light ceiling. As you walk around the dock you’ll be blown away by the 1 million sparkling lights that cover the 86 iconic columns that light up the whole dock! 

As you wander round you’ll also stumble across Bella and Bertie the giant sparkly Liver Birds that make for a beautiful selfie spot with the family. For more details on all the lights at the Royal Albert Dock head to the website to download their Magical Christmas Light Walk

If you’re heading down to the dock in the day, plan in advance and book tickets to one of the many amazing museums and art galleries it houses. There’s Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story, The International Slavery Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum to enjoy with the family. 

The Royal Albert Dock is also the perfect spot for a bit of Christmas shopping. Have a look at The Nest, The Leather Satchel Co and Tate Liverpool Shop to pick up some gifts and if you’re looking for a drink to warm up your hands then pop into Rough Hand Made for a delicious hot chocolate. 


Next stop, Liverpool ONE! There is so much to see and do here. There’s an abundance of shops to do some Christmas shopping, restaurants to enjoy a meal with your household in and the best bit, all the Christmas lights! From beautifully lit up reindeers to huge sparkly trees, glowing angel wings and of course the light up heart Christmas tree, there are so many places to stop for a festive selfie. 

Liverpool ONE have adapted their opening hours for the festive season so you can plan the best times to go shopping and explore their lights for you. Click here for more information on their opening times

Before you head off to your next destination, pick up a hot drink to go from Merseymade on Paradise Street. It’s also the perfect spot to do a bit of Christmas shopping as it’s full of beautiful handmade gifts designed and made by local artists. 


After Liverpool ONE stroll round to Church Street to see the beautiful real Christmas tree. It’s covered in 14,000 lights and 350 baubles and will make for the perfect family festive group shot. Church Street is also home to some huge high street shops like M&S, Primark, Next and Pandora so you can do a bit of Christmas shopping whilst you’re here too. 

You can also pop over to Williamson Square to see the beautiful Liverpool Playhouse lit up for their Christmas panto, 'A Christmas Carol' and the light up Christmas tree! Whilst you're in the area head over the road to see St George's Hall's beautiful Christmas lights.


Next stop on your walk around Liverpool has to be Bold Street. The festive lights strung across the street with the backdrop of the Bombed Out Church makes this road one of Liverpool’s favourites. Full of independent shops, coffee shops and restaurants you can do a bit of Christmas shopping and then enjoy a festive email with your household or support bubble!


One of the most beautiful parts of the city to walk around this time of year is the Georgian Quarter, with all the beautiful buildings and trees, it’s a lovely quiet part of the city centre to stoll around with a hot chocolate to go. Whilst you’re in the area head over to Hope Street to see their festive lights with the backdrop of the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral

Hope Street is also home to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and is the perfect spot to head for a festive show this Christmas. They are showing performances of The Snowman, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir: Christmas Carols and The Nutcracker - Reimagined this Christmas with a socially distanced audience. 

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

Please be mindful and only visit venues that are Covid-safe. If you would like to share with us your experience of visiting a venue in Liverpool in regards to their Covid-19 safety measures, positive or negative, fill in our anonymous feedback form

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The Beatles Story
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The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame.

Tate Liverpool
Ugo Rondinone Liverpool Mountain 2018 - a stack of rainbow coloured boulders next to the TATE warehouse building.

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International Slavery Museum
The exterior of the warehouse building that the Slavery Museum is located inside.

The International Slavery Museum is located within Liverpool's Albert Dock, inside the Maritime Museum building.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Outside shot of the Cathedral with blue skies and a few clouds.

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This dramatic icon of faith, architecture and human endeavour is spectacular in both scale and design.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Theatre / Venue
An Art Deco deco building reads 'Liverpool Philharmonic' in bright lettering

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is one the world’s oldest concert societies at the centre of which is the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its associated ensembles and concert series.

The Snowman: Family Concert
A shot from the film the snowman

We’re walking in the air... it isn’t Christmas until a little boy has built a new friend in a snowy garden, the Northern Lights are flickering in the sky, and The Snowman has whisked us off into the frosty night.