From Ponies to Panto, Grotto’s and Gigs, here’s your Ultimate Guide to the week ahead in Liverpool

How is it Sunday evening again already? Pretty sure we blinked and missed the weekend! Well luckily we’ve got yet another full line-up to help you get into the festive mood this week.

From grotto’s to gigs and ponies to panto’s, here’s you ultimate guide to the week ahead in Liverpool.

First up we have to mention our Guide Liverpool Charity Takeover. Over the next few days we will be showcasing the great work that three of the areas best loved and most well known health care charities do. Monday is all about Clatterbrdige Cancer Charity. On Wednesday the spotlight will shine on Alder Hey and on Friday we look ahead to the new Royal Liverpool Hospital. Keep it here for updates and fingers crossed we can help raise awareness and much needed funds for some places very close to the hearts of people on Merseyside.

Monday 5th December

Start your week with a giggle at Camp and Furnace as Stand up for Comedy kicks off at 6:30pm. There’s an all female line-up on the first Monday of each month with host Cath Rice and for your £13.00 ticket you even get a luscious dinner thrown in too! Bargain. Click here to get your tickets now. (Show only tickets available for £6).

Camp Venue 1

Want a piece of the action? Try the Mellowtone Music Quiz at The Jacaranda and put your knowledge to the test at this meeting of musical minds…..and its a Christmas Special! Don’t be a one hit wonder, get a round and be in your seats by 7pm. Prizes include Vinyl, clobber and possibly a tenner! Tickets are just £2 and can be bought in advance here.

Jacaranda - The Guide Liverpool

For a bit of after-school fun why not have a go at the Snowflake Trail? Grab a bite to eat at the Christmas Market at St George’s Hall, pick up a map and see if you can find all 12 giant snowflakes around the city centre. Click here to find out more about the #OneMagicalCity campaign and don’t forget to share your Snowflake Selfies with us on Twitter, @TheGuideLpool

Tuesday 6th December

The stars of TOWIE are brining some serious sparkle to St Helens this Christmas as Amy Childs and Harry Derbridge bring the story of Aladdin to the Theatre Royal. We love this venue as its cosy enough for every seat to feel part of the action and the ticket prices are affordable too! Check out this magical family pantomime and get your tickets here.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden invites you to hang your very own star on the Liverpool Town Hall Christmas tree from this Tuesday. The huge tree stands proudly in the stunning Town Hall foyer where visitors can dedicate a star to a loved one for £5, the proceeds of which support four local charities. To find out more about the stars and the wonderful Town Hall Grotto, click here.

If your mum is cooking the Christmas dinner this year, why not treat her to a little meal out before hand, it’s not easy slaving away in the kitchen all day you know! There are lots of Liverpool restaurants to choose from for Tuesday night treat. Our current fave’s are the Marvellous Winter Marquee at The Club House, Liverpool One where there’s a new winter menu featuring pork kebabs and mulled wine! Newly opened Neighbourhood, Castle Street who are blazing a trail with sashimi and lobster rolls, and who’s mum doesn’t love a bit of glamour? Get over to Sugar Hut, Victoria Street for a glass of bubbly and a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings…it might even be as good as your mums!


Wednesday 7th December

Sticking with food, Liverpool One welcomes a whole new concept in quirky dining as Cosy Club launches on Wednesday 7th December. Situated on the corner of Paradise Street (next to Starbucks) this first floor eatery encourages causal dining with a real homely feel. Click here to find out more and check out the eclectic interior, we think it’s going to fit right in!

Cosy Club

Belt our your favourite karaoke tune at Heaven, Victoria Street this Wednesday as Sing it Sista get into full lip sync battle mode! Have you got what it takes to make it to the top? With 7 heats and a grand final the winner will be crowned with a £300 jackpot and more swag than you can shake a microphone at! Expect 80’s power ballad lunges and a full on giggle. Click here to find out more as our John went down for a practice!

Former Verve frontman, Richard Ashcroft plays the Echo Arena this week as he performs tracks from his fourth solo album ‘These People’. Wigan born Richard will also play a number of his legendary tracks from his solo career and that of The Verve. Tickets start from £42, standing and are available by clicking here.


Thursday 8th December

Another festive after-school treat is taking place down on the Albert Dock. From dusk until 11pm the historic buildings come alive with a choreographed light show that tells the story of the Albert Dock clock-keeper. Little ones will watch in wonder as this 4D animation plays out on a unique canvas. The spectacle is free and can be viewed every night until 2nd January 2017. Click here for more information about what’s on over Christmas at the Albert Dock.

You’d be absolute nuts to miss out on the annual Independent Liverpool Christmas Festival at the Great Baltic Warehouse, kicking off on Thursday evening at 5pm. With food stalls from Free State Kitchen, Cheese & Co, Laura’s Little Bakery, Barley and Beans and tonnes more, why go anywhere else for your tea? There’s going to be food, drinks, gifts and even Santa is planning an appearance. Click here to book your tickets and find out more.


While you’re out and about see if you can spot the only mobile Christmas grotto in Liverpool, The Santa Bus as it tours around the city centre before parking up at the Pier Head. Little ones (and not so little) can hop on board for a chat with the big man himself, who along with Rudolph and his elves, is waiting to hear your Christmas wishes. Click here for 6 reasons why you should check out The Santa Bus this Thursday night.

The Guide Liverpool - The Santa Bus


Friday 9th December

Wirral four piece indie-rock band, Hooton Tennis Club play the Invisible Wind Factory this Friday with tracks from their debut album. Billed as “Gloriously slack-sounding, lo-fi” by NME we reckon this is not to be missed. Tickets are £9 and available by clicking here.

Our very own music guru, Alex Dop recommends getting down to his new favourite venue, The Olympia, to see cult-heroes, Ocean Colour Scene as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the legendary Moseley Shoals album. Who could resist singing their heart out to ‘The Riverboat Song’?. Get your tickets here.

Don’t forget its late night shopping in Liverpool now and we’ve got a full round up of opening hours from across the city store here. Looking for some inspiration for Secret Santa or stocking fillers? We can help with that too! Here’s 15 gift ideas for under £10.

Looking to start the weekend with some family fun? Head over to the Epstein Theatre on Hanover Street as former Atomic Kitten star, Natasha Hamilton take on the role of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin. If Magic Carpets, big show tunes and come good old slap-stick humour is your thing, click here to get your tickets.

Saturday 10th December

Looing for somewhere to watch your beloved blues this Saturday? Check out our guide to some of the best footy pubs as Watford take on Everton at home.

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DreamWorks Lights at St Georges Hall is still in full swing and coupled with a little wander around the Christmas Markets, makes for a nice family treat day. Click here to watch as our Jay had a chat with Shrek and a sneak peak around the experience.

If high-energy fun is more your thing, the Liverpool Ice Festival is also just getting started with ice slides, skating, tonnes of pic’n’mix and food stalls plus a whole host of fairground rides too. Click here to beat the queues and book your skating in advance.

Get out of the cold and into one of Liverpool’s finest hidden gems, as the Park Palace Theatre, L8 invites you to snuggle up and watch Christmas family films in this stunning former music hall. The Park Palace is being opened for a pop-up cinema showing this weekend for the first time since 1959 and will show Elf and Miracle on 34th Street in a bid to raise funds for the Park Palace Ponies enterprise. We love everything about this! Click here for more details and get involved with a community event that can benefit everyone.

The Guide Liverpool Park Palace

Saturday night has to be all about Garlands! You can now get cheaper advanced tickets and student discounts if you book online and for a whole night of Dj’s including Anton Powers, Lil’John, Liam Hincks and more, what are you waiting for? The Bitch is back at Garlands, get your tickets for one of the best Liverpool nights out, here.

Garlands - The Guide Liverpool

Sunday 11th December

Constellations are throwing an amazing Christmas event this weekend. The Lapland Experience allows little ones to get right into the thick of the winter preparations with activities and crafts for all ages. For the £1 5 ticket price you can meet and decorate biscuits with Mrs Claus in her busy kitchen, take part in an Elf workshop and make reindeer food plus loads more. Adults go free and the fun starts at 1pm. Click here for more info and ticket bookings.


Check out British alternative rock supergroup, the Minor Victories as they play The Magnet this Sunday at 7pm, get your tickets here. If you’re heading to a gig this weekend let us know and we’ll help spread the world, tweet us @TheGuideLpool or email

Sunday’s aren’t always about going out! Check out top ten Christmas movie run down here. What’s your favourite?

The Red’s take on West Ham this Sunday and it’s sure to be absolutely Baltic in the stands. We’d love to know which is the best local pub to watch the match, whether it be the atmosphere, the best pint or the pub grub, send  your recommendations to

Hillsborough - LFC - Fans - The Guide Liverpool

Following a superb weekend of markets in Liverpool, Croxteth Country Park is hosting an artisan fair on Sunday from 10:30am til 4:30pm in the wonderful Croxteth Hall. You will find all manner of handmade gift items from local sellers and alongside Jennifer’s Vintage tea rooms, we can’t think of a better way to spend a winter Sunday afternoon! Click here for more details.

Croxteth Hall - Culture Liverpool - The Guide Liverpool

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