There is no better time to bring the whole family to Liverpool than at Christmas. 

There are so many things to see and do for kids of all ages to kick start the festive celebrations. From Christmas markets to classic pantos and loads of places to eat and drink, your family trip to Liverpool this Christmas won’t be one you’ll forget in a hurry. 

To make your trip as easy as possible, we have put together some ideas covering everything from where to stay, eat and drink and all the festive activities you can head to for every budget. 

Christmas in Liverpool truly is the most wonderful time of the year!


WHERE TO STAY


For a city centre stay, families will love Quest. The apartments are airy, spacious and modern and the views from the window of the apartments will offer a stunning view of the real Christmas tree outside. At Quest you’ll be in the heart of the shopping district with Liverpool ONE round the corner as well as the Playhouse Theatre and Metquarter. 


For more of a waterfront experience you can stay at  Pullman Hotel, a modern hotel right next to the M&S Bank Arena and the twinkling Royal Albert Dock, the perfect location for exploring all the festive action.


THINGS TO DO


ELFIE STATION AT ST JOHNS SHOPPING CENTRE


This December, you can find Santa’s Chief Nice List Checkers at St Johns Shopping Centre between 12-4pm every weekend. Snap a selfie with an elfie and add your name to the nice list - they’ll be checking twice!

Head over each weekend from the 26th November for this free event 


VISIT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET 


What could be more Christmassy than visiting our Christmas Markets around St George's Hall? Filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the festive season, take the whole family down to sample the tasty food, grab something to eat and get the ultimate Christmas selfie. 

The Christmas Market is open from 19 November 24 December. 


EXPLORE LIVERPOOL ONE’S WINTER WONDERLAND


Visit the magical alpine wonderland taking over Chavasse Park at Liverpool ONE for karaoke, curling, shuffleboard, prosecco pong, wreath making, food and drink stalls and festive family events.  

You can even take the kids to meet Santa at John Lewis who have teamed up with Lego ® for a wonderful Christmas experience. 


SEE A CHRISTMAS SHOW


Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year when it comes to a family night out at the theatre and you can’t go wrong with a classic panto!

Theatres across the city are showcasing the best festive cheer so don’t miss out on Elf: A Christmas Arena Spectacular and Aladdin at the M&S Bank Arena, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto Red Riding Hood at the Everyman Theatre or Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Epstein theatre.


WALK AROUND ALL THE LIGHTS


If there’s something we can all agree on, it’s family days out that don’t break the bank. Well this year, Liverpool’s got your back.

Make cherished memories by following Christmas lights trails throughout the city. Spot the giant reindeers at Liverpool ONE, walk through the Christmas Tree at Williamson Square and marvel at the glittering lights at the Royal Albert Dock.


VISIT A MUSEUM FOR FREE


Experience free, amazing museums (Christmas craft making for all of the family is free at the famous Walker Art Gallery throughout December) or contemporary art at Tate Liverpool at the Royal Albert Dock where you can also catch the Turner Prize.


HEAD FOR SOMETHING TO EAT


Treat the family to a feast at one of Bold Street or Castle Street’s famous restaurants. Taste Instagram-ready dishes at one of the many independents and stunning lighting in the city’s boho heart. 

If you’re heading to Bold Street have a look at Pizza Punks for design-your-own pizza, Fat Hippo for mouth-watering burgers, or LEAF for a warm drink to rest your legs.

Visit Castle Street for Rudy’s Pizza, So Salsa or the ever popular Mowgli - the kids will love all of these!


GETTING AROUND LIVERPOOL


Jump on the Merseyrail


Getting around a city with kids can be a bit stressful but the best thing about coming to Liverpool is that it’s such a walkable city and most attractions are a reasonable walking distance. However if you want to give your legs a bit of a rest you can jump on the Merseyrail Loop line that stops off at three different stations in the city centre and plenty more further afield. Have a look at the range of tickets on offer here.


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