Christmas in Liverpool 2019 

This Christmas Liverpool is really coming to life with light! After a nine day light festival comes the Christmas season where the twinkling doesn’t stop. 

Liverpool Christmas Lights 

City Centre  

Liverpool will be wrapped in fairy lights this festive season. Bohemian Bold Street will sparkle with festoons while cosmopolitan Castle Street will be complete with edgy lanterns. 

At Liverpool ONE the giant tree will be back, putting on a display of over 200 heart lights that dance in the moonlight. As well as the tree, keep an eye out for Rudolph and his other giant festive friends. 

The real showstopper is Church Street’s ‘Liverpool Light Spectacular.’ A 70 metre LED tunnel of light and music that will takeover one of the city's most popular shopping streets.  

Liverpool Waterfront

The Royal Albert Dock will glisten as its colonnades are wrapped with hundreds of tiny bulbs. A brand-new digital artwork, will take festive revellers on a journey to another world in this iconic and historic part of the city.

On the Pier Head take a look up to the iconic Liver Building for a brand-new light display called ‘Flight.’ 

Liverpool Christmas Shopping 

Independent Stores

We know everyone loves a Christmas Market and Liverpool’s Christmas Market will be back on St George’s Plateau selling unique gifts from independent traders. Draped in festive lighting and with the stunning backdrop of St George’s Hall grab a hot drink and explore. 

Red Brick Vintage Hangar in the Baltic Triangle is a treasure trove of clothes, records, jewellery, furniture, and quirky items for unique gifts. Winter Arts Markets take place at some of Liverpool's most beautiful locations including the Anglican Cathedral and Sefton Park Palm House. 

Big Brands 

Liverpool ONE is home to over 300 stores including the big brands and favourite high street stars, from designer rig-outs to cute keepsakes. MetQuarter is packed out with luxury brands, a boutique cinema and even a florist. 

St John’s Shopping Centre is an Aladdin’s cave of stores, including well-known brands as well as independent clothing and shoe stores for all those festive outfits! 

Christmas Events 

Liverpool Pantomimes

Liverpool is bursting at the seams with pantos (Oh yes it is!). It’s all a bit Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Everyman Theatre while the M&S Bank Arena will have you laughing your wooly socks off at their family friendly edition. We've written a guide of all the pantos kicking off this year.

Film Screenings

There’s nothing quite as festive as an old movie screening in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The authentic piano welcome and the way the screen rises out of the stage, it gives us all the festive feels.

For extra grandeur, St George’s Hall will be screening your favourite yule-tide movies with the Luna Winter Cinema including Elf, The Holiday, Love Actually and of course, Home Alone.

Over at the Albert Dock, Independent Liverpool are hosting a floating cinema complete with twinkly lights and all the festive movies. 

Tropical Christmas

Just up the road though there’s no sign of snow or reindeers. It’s a tropical Christmas at the Sefton Park Palm House, because Santa is on holiday.

This Christmas it has to be Liverpool! Don't forget to Do it Your Way by using our itinerary planner here. Share your way by using the hashtag #VisitLiverpool.

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    Whether you're looking for a Christmas Panto, a Bongos Bingo Special or a skate round the rink, take a look at Liverpool's Christmas Events.
  2. A Christmas that dreams are made of is set to grace St George's Hall this year! Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mistletoe, mulled wine and many more festive fancies as Liverpool’s Christmas market opens on St George's Plateau.
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  3. The world-famous Light Spectacular display is coming to Liverpool this Christmas!
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  4. Christmas Shopping
    Christmas Shopping in Liverpool city centre has a huge choice of stores waiting for you to explore, ranging from the most luxe, high-end offerings to on-trend high-street favourites, to eclectic, one-of-a-kind gift shops.
  5. Views of the stores below from the first level of Liverpool ONE
    Offers more than 170 famous high street stores,fashion brands, cool independent boutiques, cafés and restaurants to the city centre.
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  6. The iconic Blackler's Santa is back at Museum of Liverpool this festive season
    Blackler's giant Father Christmas is back on display at Museum of Liverpool from 16 November 2017. He was on display in Blackler’s department store from 1957 to 1988 and over 10,000 people a week would visit him over the Christmas period. After undergoing a massive transformation last year, he went on display in the Museum of Liverpool’s atrium for the first time in more than 20 years over Christmas 2016 and he is back again!
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  7. See the little ones faces light up this Christmas with the help of Santa himself!
    Story time with Santa at Liverpool Town Hall is an interactive family show with Father Christmas and his Elf.
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  8. Liverpool International Horse Show 2018
    Entering its fifth year, the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show will again be held at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena and runs from December 28-31.
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  9. Christmas Food and Drink 🎄

    In the few weeks running up to Christmas one of the most festive things to do is sit down for a Christmas Dinner feast. Have a look at our guide to some of the best places to head for that festive dinner. 

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  10. Merseyrail
    This festive season, Merseyrail are making it easy to travel around the city region, with return tickets from just £2.10 connecting Liverpool city centre to destinations like Ormskirk, Chester and Southport.
  11. Virgin Trains
    Grab a bargain this Christmas with a Virgin Trains Off-Peak day return from just £18.30 from Stafford. With journey times under an hour, it’s such a great deal that you’ll be able to indulge in a little (or a lot) of festive shopping in Liverpool.
  12. All aboard the Christmas Express! Join Liverpool ONE for this festive season’s most magical journey departing from Chavasse Park and heading for the snowy North Pole.
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  13. This winter everyone’s favourite enchanting Christmas Ice Festival returns for another year, as Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head is transformed into a winter wonderland.
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  14. Rock n Roll Panto 2019 Cast
    Our perennial writer/director duo of Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton will return for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll panto Sleeping Beauty which opens on Saturday 23 November. Full cast and creative team will be announced soon but we’re sure the cast will feature some well-loved faces.
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  15. 25 Days of Christmas
    If you’re planning a festive trip to Liverpool then have a look at the top 25 things to tick off your Christmas list before the big day comes around.
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    With the iconic Royal Albert Dock Liverpool being one of the prime locations to visit during a visit to Liverpool.
  17. Liverpool's newest shopping centre housing 46 units with brands such as Armani, Timberland, Hugo Boss and Hobbs.
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