5 things to do at The Albert Dock this Christmas (& check out this exclusive look at their 3D light display)

This year the Albert Dock has provided us with more events & attractions than ever before. It was a train lovers dream weekend when Steam on the Dock rolled into town in May, they took us back in time for Vintage on the Dock, gave us a feast of amazing music for Folk on the Dock in August, let us in to the Docks’ biggest secrets with Heritage, and of course the Pirates invaded once more back in September for Pirate Festival on the Dock. Watch all of our coverage from all of this year’s events below.

But for now get the scarves out, start thinking about what topping you want on your hot chocolate, and let the Christmas countdown begin because the Albert Dock are bringing a huge festive celebration to Liverpool this year.

Here are 5 things you won’t want to miss…

  1. Dazzling light display


Unlock your imagination and see Albert Dock Liverpool like never before! This Christmas the North West’s most visited free tourist attraction is set to be transformed during the hours of darkness into a canvas for the most magical 4D projection mapping spectacular.

In collaboration with immersive technology specialists Crucial FX and National Museums Liverpool, the iconic Grade I Listed Dr Martin Luther King Jr building (originally built as the Dock Traffic Office) will showcase a fantastically festive illuminated display every night from December 3 to January 2 (dusk-11pm). Watch in wonderment as the Albert Dock clock-keeper invites you to take a peak inside at the intricate workings of a Christmas clock. Time is ticking, the cogs are turning, and Christmas is fast approaching!

Albert Dock joins an illustrious group of famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Wellington Arch and Vienna Royal Palace, who have all been subject to the innovative wizardry of Crucial FX – an internationally recognised company whose unique application of sound, light, projection and virtual reality has wowed audiences the world over.

Christmas on the Dock

Check out this exclusive 3d visual of what one of the Albert Dock building’s will look like during one of the elements

  1. The Danny Christmas storytelling for children


‘Twas the night before Christmas’ – interactive story time.

£1 per child – includes small gift, colouring-in sheet and free drink of juice

The Daniel Adamson is a remarkable survivor from the steam age and a most unusual vessel. A small but incredibly powerful canal tug, she was built to tow long strings of barges laden with goods from the inland towns of Cheshire and the Potteries to the great seaport of Liverpool.

Dates: December 3, 10 and 17 (Saturdays only)

Times: 11am-5pm

  1. Stavros S Niarchos open ship


As part of 50 years of sail training on Merseyside, the beautiful tall ship Stavros S Niarchos will return to the Albert Dock quayside for her winter stay, and will be open to the public to explore her decks from November 26.

  1. Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool - Albert Dock- The Guide Liverpool

Discover one of the most influential figures of the post-war era at Tate Liverpool. Presenting around 40 major works the exhibition of Yves Klein throws fresh light on his artistic practise.

On until March 5, 2017

READ MORE: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tate Liverpool


  1. In Safe Hands at Merseyside Maritime Museum


In Safe Hands at Merseyside Maritime Museum – a new exhibition focusing on the historic Liverpool Pilotage Service. Set sail with the Liverpool Pilots on a journey from 1766, through the world wars and onto the thriving modern port of Liverpool.

On until June 4, 2017


And that’s not forgetting… the Beatles Story and Mattel Play! Liverpool.

For more info and regular updates follow the Albert Dock on Twitter @theAlbertDock or check out the website www.albertdock.com


Let’s look back at some of our favourite Albert Dock moments from 2016.


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  1. 3 years ago  

    […] With a special light show each evening from December 3rd that features a stunning Christmas clock performance that will wow adults and kids alike. During daylight hours there are multiple places to check out with the kids from interactive story-telling, the chance to board a real life pirate ship and the learning centre at Tate Liverpool. For more information and timings click here. […]

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