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The Ultimate Guide to Christmas in Liverpool

The most wonderful time of the year is nearly here and to help you celebrate and get into the Christmas spirit, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to Christmas in Liverpool.

With less than 50 days to go until the big day, there are loads of spectacular events coming up, but you need to book your tickets fast!

Whether you want to visit the Christmas markets, ice skate to your hearts content, meet the real Santa Claus or sip on a delicious mulled wine in a cosy hut, make sure you put these dates in your diary.

The Christmas Light Switch On

When: Thursday 9th November

Where: Liverpool ONE

Christmas lights

This year, Liverpool officially switches the twinkling fairy lights and 30 metre tree on at 6pm on Thursday 9th November. However, if you want to really make the most of the evening, get down there for 4pm to catch the amazing festive street performances, including storytelling, dancing, singing and lots of special effects.

During the show there will be exclusive appearances from Christmas panto stars and even Santa Claus himself is expected to stop by to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Shops, bars and restaurants will be open late so you can carry on the party, or get some Christmas shopping done, well into the night.

Chavasse Park will also have loads more Christmas food and drink stalls, plus children’s attractions and rides.

Bar Hutte

Bar Hutte

This cosy alpine themed bar will be located underneath the spectacular Christmas tree, serving festive tipples including mulled wine and German beers.

The Christmas tree’s Bar Hutte will be open in the run up to Christmas, and visitors can book booths and even enjoy a spot of ‘carol-oke’.

A mini village of Alpine huts, Bar Hutte will be decorated with sparkling fairy lights, rustic wooden decor and will be open Monday – Saturday from 11am-11pm and until 8pm on Sundays.

Santa’s Christmas Party

When: 27th November – 24th December 2017

Where: The Cunard Building, Liverpool

Santas's Christmas party

This year, Liverpool’s iconic building is expecting some very special guests…that’s right, Santa Claus really is coming to town!

Bringing his team of helpers along, he’ll be flying over from the North Pole to throw the ultimate Christmas party.

Santa will be hosting his very own Christmas party within the Grade II* listed building, bringing a sprinkle of Christmas magic to the Liverpool waterfront.

Santa’s party guests can look forward to jam-packed celebrations with plenty in store for everyone.

There will be the unmissable opportunity to visit Santa himself and his talented team of Elves. Or, why not head to the Reindeer Ranch where Santa’s four legged friends will be waiting to say hello?

You’ll also be able to hop on and off a charming land train travelling along the Pier Head waterfront or tire the little ones out as they showcase their best moves at the Jingle Bell Rock disco.

There will also be a festive cinema screen showing your favourite Christmas classics and a fantastic competition, offering the spectacular chance to WIN a Christmas Eve visit from Santa!

Last but not least, Liverpool’s top restaurants will be serving up delicious food and drink with plenty of choice for everyone. Book now.

The Christmas Markets

When: Friday 17th November

Where: St George’s Plateau

christmas markets

Back for another year of fun and frivolity, Liverpool’s Christmas markets are returning to St George’s Plateau, outside St George’s Hall.

Featuring over 40 traditional festive style cabins, all decorated with yuletide garlands and frosty, magical lighting, the Christmas markets are always a fabulous treat.

Always buzzing with a warm and merry atmosphere, the markets will offer lucky shoppers a range of delicious German themed hot and cold drinks, tasty snacks and of course bratwurst and gourmet burgers.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without an abundance of craft stalls, selling handmade jewellery, festive decorations, trinkets and unique gifts.

This year there will also be a Windmill bar serving traditional beers and yummy drinks.

Bombed Out Church Christmas

When: Saturday 9th December

Where: The Bombed Out Church

bombed out church

To mark the end of a £500,000 restoration, Liverpool’s iconic Bombed Out Church are celebrating in style by hosting an amazing Christmas market.

This year, Liverpool Creatives Market will be taking place on Saturday, December 9 at St Luke’s Gardens for a festive day of frivolity.

Market stalls will be set up from 11am to 6pm, with lots of crafts, jewellery, hot and cold drinks and delicious food on offer.

Shoppers can expect to find some of the region’s finest crafts and gifts and of course, it wouldn’t be a Christmas market without mulled wine.

The Ice Festival

When: Friday 17th November

Where: Pierhead

Christmas in Liverpool

The Liverpool Ice Festival returns to the Pierhead this year, bigger and better than ever before.

After the huge success of last year, the festival will feature a super-sized triple ice slide, a larger ice rink, a giant ferris wheel and 50 traditional German market stalls.

The high speed thirty metre ice slide will allow racers to skim along from six metres above the festival as the Three Graces and the Mersey whizz past.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy shopping at a new traditional Christmas market with 50 stalls, three German-style bars and a pop-up Bavarian food court serving up specialities including its famous German sausage cooked over hot coals.

There will also be an amazing Ice Bar, featuring a sub-zero room of crystal clear ice sculptures where even the bar, tables and chairs are carved from real ice.

It’s one of the best places to visit for a perfect Christmas in Liverpool.

The Coca Cola Truck

When: Tuesday 5th December and Wednesday 6th December

Where: Liverpool ONE

coca cola truck

Holidays are coming!

Even though there were calls to ban the big red, fairy light clad truck from visiting the city this year, it’s back!

It will officially be pulling into Liverpool ONE in early December so we can all get our selfies in front of it and of course pick up a free can of your favourite fizzy pop.

It’s perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit.

Plays and Pantos

Over the Christmas period, there are plenty of Christmas pantos and plays to keep you and the little ones amused.

From fairytale classics to rock n roll singalongs, this year there really is something for everyone.

Peter Pan

When: Saturday 9th December – Monday 1st January

Where: The Epstein Theatre

Peter Pan

Go on an adventure to Neverland as the Epstein Theatre presents J.M Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan.

Join Peter, Wendy and The Lost Boys this Christmas in Liverpool as they dare to battle the evil Captain Hook. A swashbuckling adventure filled with pirates, mermaids and a devious tick-tocking crocodile, it’s sure to be a highlight of the shows this year.

Staring 90’s boy band legend Dane Bowers as Hook, Radio City’s Claire Simmo as the twinkly Tinkerbell and everyone’s favourite Dame, Michael Chapman as the Darling Family Cook.

Aladdin

When: Friday 15th December – Sunday 24th December

Where: Echo Arena

aladdin

A Disney classic, Aladdin is coming to the Echo Arena this Christmas for a mesmerising show staring Liverpool’s sweetheart Leanne Campbell, Britain’s Got Talent stars Michael Auger and Ruby Murry and Dean Sullivan to name but a few!

Cheer as Widow Twankey and her son Aladdin try to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine and battle against the evil magician Abanazar with a little help from the Genie of the Lamp.

Jungle Book

When: Friday 1st December – Saturday 6th January

Where: Unity Theatre

jungle book

Perfect for the little ones, the Unity Theatre are putting on a performance of the all time classic, The Jungle Book.

A fun festive treat for all the family, this colourful play will be filed with music, dance and lots of songs to singalong to.

It’s sure to be a magical show.

The Little Mermaid

When: Saturday 25th November – Saturday 20th January

Where: The Everyman

little mermaid

This Christmas The Everyman Playhouse is bringing the amazing rock n’ roll panto, The Little Mermaid to Liverpool.

Among the cast will be notorious dame Francis Tucker and master of mischief Adam Keast, who will once again bring the audience to their feet to dance and cheer or avoid a soaking.

Featuring a live band, plenty of laughs and more than a few surprises, The Little Mermaid is the perfect festive treat.

Cinderella

When: Saturday 16th December – Sunday 7th January

Where: Empire Theatre

Cinderella

Liverpool’s Empire Theatre will be putting on the ever popular Cinderella this Christmas in Liverpool, for a spectacular run of shows staring the boy band icon Duncan James and Jodie Prenger as the Fairy Godmother.

Join Cinderella as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.

Festive Films

As well as the brilliant collection of plays and panto’s, Liverpool also offers a few festive films to keep you entertained this Christmas.

Love Actually in Concert

When: Monday 11th December

Where: The Philharmonic Hall

love actually

One of the best loved Christmas films of all time, Love Actually is officially being screened in the magnificent Philharmonic Hall as The Novello Orchestra perform the enchanting score live.

Directed by Richard Curtis and originally released in cinemas in 2003, Love Actually tells ten separate yet interweaving stories of love around Christmas time. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley Rowan Atkinson, Martin Freeman, and many more.

The Novello Orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score with the film being projected onto a huge screen.

Audiences attending Love Actually in Concert will be treated to a unique way to watch the film that has gotten so many into the holiday spirit for the last 14 years.

Harry Potter Live in Concert

When: Friday 1st December

Where: Echo Arena

harry potter

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is coming to Liverpool for a spectacular live concert.

First released in 2002, the film follows Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Becoming the seventh highest grossing film of all time following its release, this unique showing will bring the film to life with a live symphony orchestra.

Prices start from £28, it’s sure to be a magical filled evening.

Winter wonderlands

This Christmas in Liverpool there are also loads of wintry experiences to enjoy like a Victorian Christmas at Speke Hall and some brilliant events where you can even meet Father Christmas himself.

Victorian Christmas at Speke Hall

When: Saturday 25th November – Sunday 10th December

Where: Speke Hall

victorian christmas

Visit the amazing hall, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas with fragrant, festive flora of handmade leylandii and juniper garlands.

Enjoy lots of fun family activities including Christmas trails and sugar mice making, listen to carols and say hello to Father Christmas.

There will be lots of seasonal treats to sample, tasters to tuck into and demonstrations, as well as roast chestnuts to enjoy.

Santa Land

When: Throughout December

Where: Calderstones Park

santa land

Step into a winter wonderland this Christmas as Santa Land comes to south Liverpool.

This magical winter wonderland is set in the beautiful Calderstones Park and features rides for children and families including Santa’s train running through Santa’s grotto.

It’s the perfect place to visit for a magical Christmas in Liverpool.

Other Christmas Events

If you need anymore inspiration for things to do this Christmas, Liverpool offers an abundance of quirky yuletide events and pop ups that are sure to impress.

Singalong With Santa

When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December

Where: Philharmonic Hall

singalong with santa

Kick off Christmas in sing-along style with this amazing event at the Philharmonic Hall.

The Melody Makers and Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choir will entertain you with lots of songs to sing-along and bop-along to, plus a special someone with a white beard and red coat will be dropping by.

It’s a great way to introduce the children to the sights and sounds of a full symphony orchestra.

Christmas With Katherine Jenkins

When: Wednesday 13th December

Where: Philharmonic Hall 

christmas

Start your Christmas celebration in style with singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, as she performs a magnificent concert of seasonal music and songs.

Taking place within the magnificent Philharmonic Hall, this magical evening will be filled with festive spirit and is sure to get you in the mood for Christmas in Liverpool.

Blackler Santa

When: Throughout Christmas

Where: Museum of Liverpool

Blackler Santa

Do you remember this giant Father Christmas from Blackler’s department store?

After undergoing a massive transformation last year, he went on display in the Museum of Liverpool’s atrium for the first time in more than 20 years over Christmas 2016 and this year he is back again!

Originally made in 1957, by Peter Blazey and his colleagues in the Blackler’s display studio, Blackler Santa became famous for being part of the amazing Winter Wonderland Grotto in the Liverpool department store.

More than 10,000 visitors a week marvelled at the magical scenes, and told Santa what they’d like for Christmas.

Following the store’s closure in 1988 he made occasional appearances around the city to raise money for charity. However, after many years, his original cane body and costume could not be saved.

In 2013 Peter kindly donated the model’s head, hands and boots to the Museum of Liverpool and has transformed Santa; faithfully recreating his body and costume.

Massaoke

When: Thursday 21st December

Where: Arts Club

massaoke

A massive Christmas karaoke is coming to Liverpool for a festive sing along like no other.

Festive revellers can enjoy belting out some of the best winter hits including Wham!, Slade and Wizzard, guided by lyrics on big screens.

Plus, there’s a Massaoke band that will be throwing in solid gold singalong pop, rock and indie hits from the 80s and 90s.

Home Alone Christmas Bar

When: TBC.

Where: Cains Brewery Village

home alone

The geniuses behind Ghetto Golf have come up with a brilliant concept for this Christmas and it will be hosted inside the spectacular space of Cains Brewery Village.

A festive bar based on the amazing nineties Christmas film Home Alone, it will feature Christmas living rooms, a festive cocktail menu plus Sinatra remixes, Christmas bands, gigantic Christmas trees and every Christmas decoration possible.

Christmas Carols in the Concert Room

When: 7th and 14th December

Where: St George’s Hall

christmas carols

This Christmas, why not keep it traditional with some classic carol in the beautiful Concert Hall in St George’s Hall?

Join amazing musicians such as opera singer, Danielle Thomas, the Sing Me Merseyside Choir and the Allerton Brass Band as they perform an array of festive delights, all hosted by the sublime Nick Birkenshaw.

You’ll be welcomed with a mince pie and a mulled wine to warm up those vocal chords.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for under 16’s.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our ultimate guide to Christmas in Liverpool, we will keep updating the events on the guide so keep checking back so you don’t miss out!

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About Katie Davies

Katie is a journalism and English graduate who loves to write about anything from music, film, literature and events, to the best places in Liverpool to grab a bite to eat or a cocktail.

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