Christmas in Liverpool: What We Know So Far
Yes we’ve gone and said it! Christmas is less than 12 weeks away and the preparations have begun…..at least for some.
Alright so it’s still very much Autumn but lets face it, once you’ve dusted off your big coat, you’ve remembered how to set the heating timer and you’ve swapped your usual cuppa for pumpkin spice everything, it’ll soon be Christmas in Liverpool. In the spirit of being organised, we’ve brought together tonnes of info on parties, must have toys, panto’s to book now and we’ve even got you a little cameo in the L1 Christmas celebrations!
Here’s what we know for far about Christmas in Liverpool…..
Office Christmas Party Bookings
The annual works Christmas party is always a riot isn’t it? Starts off all civilised, enjoying a meal, pulling crackers, necking the wine on the table and before you know it you’re singing ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby’ with your arm slung around the CEO. We’ve all been there. Here’s 6 venues offering unbeatable party packages for your do this Christmas in Liverpool….
1 – The Clubhouse Liverpool ONE
There’s two Christmas party options available at The Club House, Liverpool ONE this festive period. The Lodge is back with its cosy décor and is perfect for a private do or cinema screening. The Club House itself offers a warm and inviting venue for parties of 8 up to 200 with 3 course packages for less than £30 per head. More info here.
2 – Festive Lunch & Party Nights, NYL Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, North John Street
There’s a Winter Wonderland waiting for you at NYL Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. Part of the Aloft hotel complex, you’re invited you party this Christmas with a three course dinner, DJ’s, photo booth and more (exclusive use of the James Doyle suite is for 50 guests or more.) Alternatively book in for a festive lunch or Christmas party night with prices from £20pp. More info here.
3 – Sparkle at Aintree Racecourse
The red carpet will be rolled out for your arrival at Aintree Racecourse this Christmas. Enjoy a sparkling cocktail on arrival, three course meal, table magicians, DJ’s and live entertainment, plus amazing views over the world class racecourse. All this for £47.50 per head. Click here for more info and to book.
4 – Knowsley Safari Park Italian Masquerade
Christmas parties don’t get much more elaborate than this! Events company Best Parties Ever is staging an Italian Masquerade Ball with venue dressing so good, you’d swear you were in Venice. We’re talking canapes, aerial performances, a four course dinner, dodgems, discos, dancers and more. Prices start from £39.95 per head. Click here to find out more.
5 – Christmas at The Richmond
The Richmond has a great reputation for putting on brilliant party nights right across the festive season and this year is no different. With packages from £44.95 per person including a drink on arrival, three course meal, inclusive bar and disco, plus bacon butties at 11:30pm! Click here to book now.
6 – ASPEN Rocks, ACC Arena
The city’s flagship events venue, Liverpool ACC launches ASPEN Rocks this winter, a glistening snow covered alpine village. Get your party booked and enjoy this double storey 40 metre wide ski lodge, indoor fairground rides, world class aerial entertainment and delicious 4-course dinner with midnight breakfast. Info here.
Christmas Pantos to Book Now
It’s almost panto time again, oh yes it is and the stars are lining up to tread the boards of our Merseyside theatres. The costumes are bigger, the songs are louder and the hilarious, slapstick comedy will have you in stitches. Here’s 6 of the best, family fun theatre experiences to book your tickets for now….
1 – Snow White, The Epstein Theatre
Mirror mirror on the wall, this panto is the fairest of them all! Join Snow White and a jam packed cast included The Queen of Clean, Kim Woodburn, Derek Acorah, Lewis Pryor, Michael Chapman, and our very own Claire Simmo in this magical panto suitable for all the family! Tickets here.
Click here to see our exclusive chat with Kim as she tells out Jay all about the spat with Colleen, falling out with Phil and more.
2 – Jack and The Beanstalk, The Liverpool Empire
Liverpool certainly loves a giant or two, so much so that they’re in our pantos! Jack and the Beanstalk is on at the Liverpool Empire this Christmas with BBC Strictly judge Shirley Ballas as Mother Nature and the hilarious John Evans as Simple Simon. You won’t need any magic beans either as tickets are from as little at £11! Book here.
3 – Peter Pan, St Helens Theatre Royal
We cant wait to see former Brookside actor Louis Emerick don a hook and chase after Peter Pan at St Helens Theatre Royal this Christmas. Growing up is for losers as cheeky Peter, played by Lewis Devine is joined by Strictly Come Dancing pro Kristina Rhianof, or everyone’s fave panto dame, Si Foster as Mrs Smee! Info and tickets here.
4 – The Snow Queen, Everyman Theatre
The annual Everyman Rock N Roll panto will be chilling me softly this festive season as The Snow Queen comes to life with an amazing soundtrack. Starring Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton reunite to give this classical tale a unique twist (with plenty of supersoaker action to boot). Tickets and booking here.
5 – Aladdin, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion this Christmas. Starring none other than Corrie’s Bill Ward and PC Plum aka, Andrew Agnew, this is classic panto fun at its best. Tickets and info here.
6. Peter Pan, Liverpool Echo Arena
Star of ITV’s The Chase, Mark Labbet joins Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell in Peter Pan at the Echo Arena Auditorium this winter. From 14th-24th December you can watch this classic tale come to life with a healthy dusting of magical fairy dust and amazing 3D special effects. Book your tickets here.
Get Booking Now
It might seem a bit absurd booking Christmas treats already, but these brilliant festive events will sell out way before 1st December. From Grotto’s to markets, film nights and more, here’s our top picks to get booking now….
St George’s Hall Christmas Cinema
Head to St George’s Hall for the ultimate festive experience as the Christmas cinema brings all your fave films to the big screen. From 19th – 23rd December you can see the likes of Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Love Actually with a mulled wine and mince pie. Get booking here.
St George’s Hall A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is so much more than a festive tale and it comes to life this December with Gerald Dickens (Charles’ great, great grandson) at the historic hall. Take your seat in the stunning concert room to hear this classic ghost story retold, with carols and goosebumps galore. More info and tickets here.
St John’s Market Christmas Grotto
Back for it’s…..wait for this…..139th year in the city! Liverpool’s Famous Grotto returns to its St John’s Market home and opens its doors from 10th November. This walk through experience will have your kids spellbound as they travel to the North Pole to see Father Christmas in his workshop. Book your tickets here.
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
Festive family fun returns to Chester Zoo from 24th November through until 30th December as The Lanters light up the winter night sky. This is a truly magical experience for youngsters and little ones under 2 go free. Tickets here.
Sing-A-long with Santa at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Is there anything more Christmassy than trying to hit the high notes in The Snowman soundtrack? Well now you can do it with a full symphony orchestra and….SANTA! Head to the Phil on 15th-16th December to sing like no one is watching! Tickets here.
Christmas Films at The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
If you prefer your Christmas films without the mass singalong, you can catch Love Actually in Concert on 27th November and the classic Christmas comedy A Muppets Christmas Carol on 5th December at the Phil. All the booking info here.
Christmas Films at FACT
Get your tickets now to see classic Christmas films at FACT this December. Home Alone, The Nutcracker and controversial choice Die Hard all get a big screen outing this winter. Is Die Hard really a Christmas film? Book your tickets here.
Christmas at the Bombed Out Church
We can’t wait to see the Winter Wonderland attraction at St Luke’s opening on 1st December and running until 23rd. Featuring a grotto, Christmas market, workshops and fun activities, click here to get your tickets now before it’s a sell out.
The Storybarn Christmas Grotto, Calderstones Park
Visit the Winter Forest at The Storybarn this December and prepare to meet Santa and the elves in a magical family experience. The team behind Treasure Island at Liverpool ONE will transform The Reader into a Winter Wonderland that leads to the big man himself. Dates run from 6th-23rd December. Tickets and info here.
Story time with Santa, Liverpool Town Hall
Story Time with Santa is much more than your traditional grotto. Meet the elves and take your place at Santa’s fireplace as he reads a magical story before hearing your child’s Christmas wishes. Each little once receives a gift and a special memory of a moment with Father Christmas. This experience runs at the Town Hall from 1st -24th December. Tickets here.
Miracle on Seel Street
Now who said Christmas grotto’s were just for kids? Following the phenomenal success of last year, 81 Ltd brings back Miracle on Seel St. Opening on Friday 16th November, think Christmas cocktails, festive snacks, cozy armchairs and movie nights. Click here to book in early.
Shop Local this Christmas in Liverpool
Christmas shopping isn’t all about the kids! Why not invest in the local independent scene and check out the brilliant markets, vintage stalls and city galleries to pick up a truly unique gift this Christmas in Liverpool? Here’s 5 of the best places to shop this Christmas in Liverpool….
1 – Pop Up Palm House Market
Taking place on 17th-18th November, Pop Up Palm House market returns with a wonderful winter market. Expect stalls from local makers plus hot food and homemade mulled wine. Details here.
2 – Open Culture Winter Arts Market, Liverpool Cathedral
Celebrating its 10th annual outing, the Open Culture Winter Arts Market returns to Liverpool Cathedral on 1st December. Offering stalls from more than 200 artists, designers, makers, crafters, food producers, clothing designers and vintage sellers, you’re bound to pick up something special here. More info here.
3 – The Nest, Royal Albert Dock
Stocking everything from home furnishings, cushions, prints and artwork, The Nest at Royal Albert Dock is a great place to have a browse, get to know amazingly talented local artists and pick out a gift for someone special this Christmas. Check out what’s in store now, here.
4 – Red Brick Hangar Market, Cain’s Brewery Village
Red Brick Hangar Market is welcoming some brand new stalls at the end of October, adding to the already brilliant array of cool stuff you can buy. From rare trainies, cupcakes, vintage clothing, retro prints, band t-shirts, jewellery, original art work and more. Click here for a preview and go for a mooch.
5 – Liverpool’s Dream, Official Online Store
Pre-order your copy of this Limited Edition picture book which captures the final chapter of the Giant Spectacular visit to the city. Only £6.99 while stocks last. There’s t-shirts, tote bags, water bottles and more on offer celebrating all things GIANT. Check out all the official merchandise here.
Dates for your Diary
There’s so much fun to be had this Christmas in Liverpool. From big light switch ons to family fun runs, world records, ice skating, thrill rides and more. Liverpool ONE wants your help to make Christmas shopping even more festival and we want you to don a beard and some huge red kecks to run the city streets! Here’s a few important Christmas dates to get in your diary now..
Liverpool Christmas Market
Liverpool Christmas Market is set to return to St George’s Plateau, around mid November and we’ve got everything crossed for the return of the Christmas dinner Yorkshire pudding wrap! Last year the festive market place brought 40 stalls and bars filled with Christmas gifts, trinkets and art work. We’ll bring you an update on this one as soon as we get it.
Santa Paws, Baltic Market
Prepare for a cute-fest! Baltic Market’s annual celebration of Christmas puppers returns on 9th December where you and your pooch can meet Santa Paws. There’s lots of stalls, dog treats, vintage fashion and more. Info here.
Get Your Santa On
The annual Santa Dash 5k returns to take over the city streets on Sunday 2nd December. Thousands of santas, elves and Mrs Claus’ are set to take on this brilliant fun run. Will we take back the title of biggest Santa Dash in the world? Register here and be part of something truly festive.
Royal Albert Dock Christmas Makers Market
There’s a chance to eat, drink, shop and be merry at the Royal Albert Dock this December as the Christmas Makers Market returns on 9th and 16th. Expect to find the very finest local food, drink, art, design, vintage and modern craft carefully selected from Liverpool’s artisans and business local to the North West. Details here.
Liverpool ONE Christmas Celebrations
The team at Liverpool ONE aren’t giving anything away about the Christmas celebration plans just yet, but, make sure you’ve got 16th November in your diary! There is also a chance to get involved in the festive fun. Liverpool ONE is on the lookout for performers of all abilities both professional and amateur to help make festive shopping even more magical! If you’re a school or community choir, band or vocal group and you want to perform this Christmas, get involved using the form here.
Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival
There will be all the fun of the Christmas fair at Pier Head again this winter as the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival returns from 10th November until 6th January. The ice rink returns alongside loads of stalls selling hot food and drinks, fairground rides, the Apres Lodge and more. Click here to book your skates now.
Christmas Day falls on Tuesday this year so for all you last minute.com-ers, Monday 24th December is your last chance to pick up a prezzie or five! Bear in mind, the shops will close early so do yourself a favour and start your crimbo shopping now instead!