11 reasons why next week will be a good week in Liverpool

As we all know we live in the best city in the world and there is never a dull moment in the UK capital of music, events & gigs. With more going on per square foot than any other city on the planet (true fact!) we thought we would pick out 11 of the best things to get up to this week in and around Liverpool, with of course LOTS of Liverpool Crimbo must-do’s.

From festive afternoon tea, magical musicals, running Santa’s & hip hop legends this week will be another busy one, go enjoy…

 

You can have a bevy under a Christmas Tree…

Jay & Ellie with Tea Street Band at Bar Hutte

Jay & Ellie with Tea Street Band at Bar Hutte

Love or hate the Liverpool One Christmas Tree, it has one thing that not many other trees do – a bar. Bar Hutte sells hot mulled cider and other festive favourite’s and also has ten Swiss themed chalets, that even come with cuddly luxurious throws to keep the cold out. You can hire the huts for up 2 hours and with up to 12 people. When you have had your fill there head up to Chavasse Park and take a ride on the ice slide, but wear thick undies, nobody likes to be too moist whilst doing their christmas shopping!

Watch The Guide Liverpool on Bay TV this Thursday 8.30pm as our full episode is filmed at Bar Hutte and in Liverpool One’s Ice Festival, also Jay & Ellie face THE ICE SLIDE!

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Public Enemy are playing the O2…

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Hip hop legends Public Enemy have chosen Liverpool as their only North West tour stop. The multi-platinum, five times Grammy Award nominated will play the O2 Academy on the 2nd December with Sound Jar Promotions. For over three decades Public Enemy have earned a reputation of inspiring the disgruntled masses. For many, the band’s message remains as relevant today as it ever was, with Chuck-Ds socio-politically inspired lyrics providing an alternative view to the corridors of power today. Tickets are still available for what is set to be a good’en.

 

You can go back in time to a Victorian Christmas at Speke Hall…

Speke Hall Christmas

We all love the Christmas Downton Abbey special don’t we,  well go and experience something very similar for yourself as Speke Hall is transformed for the festive season. Open every weekend until 13th December 11am-4 with Christmas Carols, sugar mice making, festive trails and visits from Mr & Mrs Claus themselves this really is the perfect way to get you, and the kids feeling all Christmassy.

 

There is a big green ogre causing trouble at the Empire…

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We all know and love the movie and there aren’t many theatre productions that rival their on screen creators, but trust us Shrek the Musical does just that. Laugh out loud comedy for young and old throughout, with adults being kept on their toes with many ‘older’ gags, and the character of Lord Farquaad played by Gerard Carey most definitely stealing the show. This really is a must see whilst it is here in Liverpool. It runs at the Empire until Saturday 6th December.

Watch our video backstage at the Empire at Shrek the Musical

 

Michael McIntyre is heading to the Echo Arena…

Michael McIntyre plays Echo Arena

Michael McIntrye returns to Echo Arena with his hotly anticipated brand new stand-up show Happy & Glorious, with special guest Paul Tonkinson. Michael’s previous tour Showtime was the biggest selling comedy tour in the world in 2012, playing to over 640,000 people. He is here in Liverpool Friday 4th & Saturday 5th December

 

 

Visit Santa at the most famous Grotto in Liverpool…

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We all know and loved the Lewis’s Christmas Grotto, but even though Lewis’s closed it’s doors in 2010 that famous Grotto is still live and well and providing kids and adults alike with lots of festive magic. The original features and displays remain and Santa is as happy to see you as ever. The Lewis’s Christmas Grotto is open daily in the run up to Christmas and in our opinion a Liverpool Crimbo must do, no matter how old you are. Watch our video with Claire Simmo visiting the most famous Grotto this side of Lapland

 

Scouting for Girls are in town…

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Pop rock at it’s finest, Scouting for Girls have sold over 2 million records and been together now for ten years. Hits like ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’, ‘She’s So Lovely’ & ‘Elvis isn’t Dead’ will be the perfect soundtrack to your Thursday night. They play the O2 Academy on 3rd December.

 

There will be thousands of Santa’s running through the streets…

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Now in it’s 11th year the Liverpool  Santa Dash is now the largest festive fun run in the world. Last year seen over 8,500 Santa’s in all shapes and sizes racing through the streets of Liverpool, beating Las Vegas who originally held the title. This year the aim is 10,000 in a bid to make sure we keep Vegas from stealing back that famous Santa trophy. Whether you are running or not it is always a great day, full of festive fun and guaranteed to kick start your Christmas with a smile.

 

The Royal Court’s December show has started…

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Now just as much a Christmas must do as stuffing the turkey, The Royal Court December shows have become firm favourite’s in the Scouse Crimbo calendar. This year sees writer Fred Lawless return for the 7th consecutive year and this time he takes us to Egypt for ‘Pharaoh ‘Cross the Mersey’ Michael Starke, Lindzi Germaine, Danny O’Brian, Andrew Schofield, Michel Fletcher & Hayley Hampson provide the giggles as the newly refurbished Royal Court provides the backdrop. It runs until January 16th so lots of time to go enjoy.

 

You can have festive afternoon tea…

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Why not enjoy a Christmas shopping pit-stop with a hot cuppa and some amazing festive bites. Afternoon Tea is becoming more and more popular in the city with it being served on many a menu throughout town and beyond. The Hilton Hotel always offers a luxurious platter for afternoon tea and Christmas is no exception, Santa themed cakes, minced pies, beautiful sandwiches and of course a Christmas glass of fizz. Perfect gift for Mum or the girls. To book your Hilton festive afternoon tea click here

Our personal favourite this year has to be The Baltic Social’s ‘Festive Alternative Afternoon Tea’ which contains mulled cider, Christmas burger, a mini Christmas cheese-board and even a shot of baileys to wash it down with,  veggie options also available. For the full Baltic Social Alternative Festive afternoon tea click here

 

The Everyman Rock n’ Roll panto is back

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If you have never experienced the now legendary Rock n Roll panto at The Everyman then this is the year to try it. Offering something a bit different to the other pantomimes, this show is filled with amazing live music and lots of crazy costumes. This year is all about Repunzel and her Hairway to Heaven with writers Mark Chatterton and Sarah A Nixon back with their 15th Christmas ‘Rock n Roll production.

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