This is why a visit to Southport should be on your Christmas wish list

There’s a traditional Christmas celebration with a modern twist happening in Southport and you’re invited.

Christmas shopping, family fun activities, cosy date nights or a spin on the ice, it’s all on offer in Southport this December. Just a 30 minute train ride from Liverpool and accessible by bus too, there’s no reason to miss out on a stroll under the twinkly lights and Victorian canopies of Lord Street with your loved ones and friends.

The independent scene in Southport is on the up and with an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars to choose from, you can enjoy a day out shopping, dining and drinking, with plenty of public transport to get you home safely.

Fancy winning an overnight stay for 2 in Southport this winter? Scroll down for details.

Here’s 10 reasons why a trip to Southport should be on your ‘to do’ list this Christmas…

1 – Tree-mendous

Southport has a real show-stopper on display this winter. The 60 foot digital Christmas Tree light show offers a truly unique experience when you step inside.

2 – Ready, Steady, Skate!

Lord Street is also playing host to a huge ice rink this Christmas and you can take a twirl on the ice for less than a fiver*. *Plus booking fee.

3 – Festive Foodie Delights

Get warmed through while watching the kids skate with mulled wine and cider at the rink-side food and drink chalets.

4 – Family Fun

The Atkinson, Lord Street is hosting a number of festive family events including Elf on the big screen and Dear Santa….writers of the well-loved Dear Zoo bring this Christmas production to life this winter. Click here for info and booking.

5 – Festivi-teas!

Who said the Christmas fun is just for kids! Why not indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea at The Vincent Hotel with mulled wine for that extra Christmassy twist. Book here.

6 – Prosecco-ho-ho

There’s a growing independent food and drink scene in Southport and an evening dining under the twinkly lights of Lord St is guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. Speaking of spirit, why not head to Remedy at the Town Hall Gardens for a well earned Gin?

7 – Brunch with Santa

Head to Hickory’s Smokehouse Southport and take your seat at Santa’s table for a very special brunch on 23rd December from 9am. There’s also a fab Christmas menu offer available all month long. Click here to book.

8 – Festive Spa-aaahhhh

December be quite stressful what with so much to organise for the big day, so how about taking a bit of well-earned me time at Formby Hall? Treat yourself and a loved one to a relaxing and unwinding break for two which includes an overnight stay, dinner, a winter cocktail, breakfast, 2 hours access to the Thermal Suite and relaxation areas and one 25 minute Natural Spa Factory treatment! Click here for more info.

9 – Santa’s in Southport!

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You cant have a magical day out in Southport and not go and visit the big man himself! Head to Santa’s Grotto at Wayfarer’s Arcade to get your Christmas wishes in and browse the local, independent shops for a winning gift.

10 – Free, Festive, Fresh Air

If you’re looking for a fun way to work off the turkey overload and lashings of gin, why not get wrapped up, put those new bikes and scooters to good use, grab the dog too and take a walk along the Southport waterfront. It’ll certainly make you appreciate those snuggly Christmas jumpers! Turkey butty anyone?


Win an overnight stay for 2 in Southport.

Formby Hall

How do you fancy winning a winter stay-cation for two? This prize includes a bed & breakfast stay in Formby Hall, lunch or dinner in Hickory’s Smokehouse Southport and a skating session on the open air ice skating rink in Southport!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is head to our social media, @TheGuideLpool on Twitter or Facebook and follow the competition instructions. The winner will be chosen on Thursday 20th December.

The Science Bit (T&C’s)

All of our Social Media Giveaway Competitions are open to this aged 18 or over and available via our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). They are free to enter. You simply need to visit one of our social platforms and follow the instructions. We will typically ask you to share our post on, tag in a friend or multiple friends and to follow or like the page of a third party prize provider. You MUST be a follower of The Guide Liverpool on one of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in order to qualify for entry. Further details are available on request.


To find out more about what’s on this winter in Southport, head to www.visitsouthport.com and check out the regular updates, deals and offer on social media by following @visitsouthport

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