Your Ultimate Guide to Christmas Week across Merseyside
We’ve waited all year for it and Christmas week is finally here! Are you panicking over presents, cranberry sauce and roasting tins or happily hitting the city bars and restaurants with your work mates or loved ones?
With the kids about to break for school, and work winding down for a well-earned, few days rest we’re bringing you the Ultimate Guide to Christmas Week across Merseyside to help you get the most out of the region’s best attractions, events, gigs and more.
Before we get started, we just want to wish all those working tirelessly over the festive period, such as the NHS, Emergency Services, Retail and Hospitality staff across the region, a very merry Christmas, you guys rock!
Monday 19th December
It’s Derby Day!
The city will come together and divide in equal measure as these two giants clash at Goodison Park for the 227th Merseyside derby, at 8pm. Click here to watch our Matt chat with John Gibbons, of The Anfield Wrap and EFC super-fan and author, David Fehily ahead of the game.
Sing carols for charity…
If you’re already in the festive spirit, why not kick off Christmas week with a traditional carol concert in one of Liverpool’s most iconic venues? The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, invites you and your family to join her and a host of special guests at St George’s Hall’s stunning Concert Rooms for a Christmas Concert to remember. Tickets are available on doors, which open at 6:30pm. More info here.
Look out for our Kate who will be filming live updates for our Twitter feed @TheGuideLpool come and say hi!
Christmas films at the Palm House?
Join Independent Liverpool at The Palmhouse, Sefton Park for film, food and father Christmas this Monday evening. With no less than 10 different films showing throughout the week, ticket holders are being treated to Love Actually and The Grinch on Monday night. There are limited tickets still available, click here to get yours!
Tuesday 20th December
Explored our Christmas Market yet?
Great News! If you’ve finished all your Christmas preparation why not head down to St George’s Hall and wander around the Christmas Market, which has just been granted a two week extension and will now run until January 8th! Soak up the atmosphere with a mulled wine, hot chocolate or a wild boar pie while sitting under the twinkly lights with your loved ones. Click here to find out more about the stalls.
A Big Fat Pub Quiz in Aigburth?
The Fulwood Arms pub, Aigburth wants to test your knowledge of the year that was 2016! The Big Fat Pub Quiz of the Year lines up 50 questions alongside £2.50 pints, mince pies and tasty treats from American Pizza Slice! Sounds like a right laugh to us! Click here to reserve your table and knock your heads together to win a cash prize!
Go see lovely Leanne in Panto!
It wouldn’t be Christmas week without a panto (or three). Head on over to the Empire Theatre to catch our favourite Radio City brekkie presenter, Leanne Campbell and Hollyoaks Actress, Jorgie Porter tread the boards in a family fun fairy tale that will leave the little ones spellbound and the adults in stitches. Tickets available for the 2pm and 7pm performances still available here.
See Santa on his Santa Bus
Don’t forget to check out Liverpool’s first ever Santa Bus. The big man in the red suit is on the Pier Head everyday 1-7pm until Christmas Eve. You get to meet Father Christmas on one of the most magical vehicles the city has ever seen. We met the man himself for an in depth chat about his amazing career.
Sushi at Neighbourhood anyone?
Do you leave all the Christmas prep to your other half? How about treating them to some time out with a midweek dinner amid all the festive madness? Neighbourhood, Castle Street specialises in sushi, seafood and steak (plus delicious desserts too) and with a huge range of cocktails and the most stylish surroundings the city has to offer, you’ll earn some serious brownie points with this thoughtful gesture. Click here to preview the menu and book your table.
Wednesday 21st December
Some sweet soul music is on offer
Fancy some Good ol’ Fashioned Love this Christmas? Then head on over to the Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street as five piece, doo-wop boyband, The Overtones roll into town for a festive concert that will have you toe-tapping and singing along. Some tickets still available here.
There are over 150 cocktails to choose from at Be At One
Think you’ve tried and tested all the city cocktails already this winter…….well think again! Seel Street bar, Be At One has just added another 14 festive concoctions to its already humongous list of 150 to cater for pretty much everyone! Whether you like them tall and quirky, creamy and smooth or curiously exotic, there’s a mix for you. With ‘appi hours from 4:30pm and 241 drinks offers, you’d be mad to miss out over Christmas and New Year! Click here to find out more and choose your favourite.
A Quizmas Spectacular for Cash for Kids
Radio City Cash for Kids is hosting a Quizmas Spectacular this Wednesday at the Dead Crafty Beer Company on Dale Street. The prize list for this raucous evening of fundraising is phenomenal and amounts to more than £2k in total. Have a crack at the quiz and be in with a chance to win LFC and EFC goodies, a years supply of pizza, tours and trips. There’s still some tickets left, click here to book, but be quick!
Thursday 22nd December
Get Chrismassy with the kids
The kids have officially finished for Christmas! Trying to keep them from snooping for a couple of days can be a real challenge! Luckily the city is bursting with great ideas, from DreamWorks Lights at St George’s Hall, Mattel Play and the ‘Countdown to Christmas’ 4D light spectacular at the Albert Dock, to all the fun of the fair at both Chavasse Park, Liverpool One, and the Liverpool Ice Festival at the Pier Head.
Not forgetting our fantastic parks! Get your wellies on and create some rosy cheeks at Santa Land, Calderstones Park and The Elf who forgot Christmas at Stanley Park! Who doesn’t love a push on the swings and a hot chocolate to warm up? Easy peasy family fun this Christmas.
Bongo is back with his Beanstalk
There’s so much fun to be had across the region if you’re child-free too! Bongo and the Beanstalk at Camp and Furnace is a sell out but click here to join the waiting list if you like your panto with a drop of something sparkly and packed with hilarious comedy and songs.
Friday 23rd December
Time to panic buy!
It’s Christmas Eve-eve! We’ve rounded up all the late night opening hours and details for last minute shopping at Liverpool One, Met Quarter, Bold Street and more as well as Christmas trains and services from Merseyrail so you can get around and shop with ease. Click here to check out our top 15 stocking filler ideas for under £10.
The perfect way to start the festivities is Nightgarden
It’s also ‘Mad Friday’, the last working Friday before the Christmas break, and Liverpool is packed with club nights, dining out and cocktail offers.
Nightgarden at Camp and Furnace takes on a festive feel this Friday with its ‘Pay As You Feel’ Christmas feast, all served up by legendary chef, Mary-Ellen McTague and the team from the Real Junk Food Project. Click here to find out more and be part of something special.
Dave Pearce presents trance anthems live at Hanger 34 from 9pm and Constellations are hosting Dance 4|4 in aid of The Whitechapel Centre. Expect dance, techno and a brilliant atmosphere as standard. Tickets are available for both events by clicking here.
Rockin’ all over the world
Rock your way into Christmas Eve with the legends of 80’s culture, Status Quo at the Echo Arena. ‘The Last Night of the Electrics’ tour comes to an end in our amazing city, and who wouldn’t want to be part of that?! Click here to get your tickets and be part of something special.
Panto perfection at the Epstein
One of our top ten panto’s for 2016 is taking place at The Epstein theatre and you’d be mad to miss it. Aladdin, starring former Atomic Kitten singer, Natasha Hamilton as well as a host of reality stars, is a musical extravaganza featuring an actual flying carpet and 4D effects that will have everyone in hysterics. Click here to spend you Christmas Eve-eve laughing your head off!
Saturday 24th December – Christmas Eve
What is Christmas eve all about for you? A big night out with your mates? A family-fun panto or dinner, or maybe a quiet one at home tucking into all the delicious goodies you’ve been stock-piling since bonfire night? Either way, there’s something for everyone happening around the region, on this special day.
Perfect last minute gift of food heaven!
Foodie lovers, get yourself down to Delifonseca for a luxury food hamper, stuffed full with traditional, artisan fare with that will fill you up until the turkey is on the table! Click here to find out more and enjoy a night in before the gift giving and spare-chair finding begins!
Up for a Christmas Eve rave?
Fancy a night at Liverpool’s premier underground dance event in the heart of the Baltic Triangle for some proper house and techno? Then Insomnia at 24 Kitchen Street is the event for you. Tickets from £10.00 and some still available by clicking here. Just watch you don’t disturb Santa on your way in!
Our Ray is starring in the Echo Arena’s panto!
Today is your last chance to enjoy possibly the most loved panto of all time, Cinderella at the Echo Arena starring Liverpool’s own, Ray Quinn. Keep a firm grip on your glass slippers and polish your pumpkin for an evening of great fun with this classic tale. Tickets still available for this wonderful family experience, click here.
Sunday 25th December – Christmas Day
HAPPY CHRISTMAS LIVERPOOL!
We’re not stopping there! We want to know who’s playing out on Boxing Day and how you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Liverpool?
Drop us a line with your events and suggestions, tweet us @TheGuideLpool or email us directly firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share the love as Liverpool gears up to get glammed up and hit the clubs and restaurants, to celebrate in style.
Also watch your definitive guide to Christmas on Merseyside with Merseyrail, so much to do and see!
Whatever your plans this week have a ball, enjoy your loved ones, enjoy your city and keep smiling!
With lots of Christmas love from all of us here at The Guide Liverpool.