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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 your Liverpool Christmas 2018.

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 heart’s 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.

Christmas for the Family

Get the whole family together for a Liverpool Christmas spent exploring the city, making chocolates and getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year.

Follow the Snowflake Trail

Where: Liverpool city centre

When: 1st Dec – 3rd Jan

source: Liverpool Bid Co.

All over Liverpool, throughout the festive season, 12 specially crafted snowflakes will be displayed as part of an art installation organised by Open Culture CIC and Liverpool BID Company.

The 1.5m Snowflakes will feature designs submitted by local artists and creatives who have added their own touch to the Snowflake structures. You will find Snowflakes dotted around the city, positioned in prominent places like main streets and close to major landmarks. It’s your job to find them all.

The Snowflake Trail encourages the exploration of Liverpool in a fun and unique way, keeping your family busy during the most magical time of the year.

Free of charge event with no start or finish times.

Heigh Ho Heigh Ho, Time for Christmas Panto

Where: Epstein

When: 7th Dec – 2nd Jan


The worlds most magical fairy-tale will be brought to life this Christmas at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs take to the stage with an all-star cast.

How Clean is Your House Kim Woodburn will be playing the role of the Wicked Queen, whose attempts to become the fairest in the land put a young and beautiful Snow White in danger.

Safe with the Seven Dwarfs audiences can enjoy watching all the magic unfold amidst plenty of panto shenanigans. The perfect Christmas pantp to get everyone ready for the big day.

Start times vary with performance dates, check Epstein’s website for details. Ticket prices start at £18.50 per adult and £16.50 per child with family tickets available for £63.00.

For Those Who Don’t Want to Grow Up

When: 14th Dec – 24th Dec

Where: Echo Arena

Head towards the ‘second star on the right and straight on til morning’ as the Echo Arena puts on a panto you and your little ones will love.

Enjoy all the magic from the well-known fairytale, Peter Pan and his adventures in Neverland with a cast of panto characters that bring plenty of well-mannered hilarity.

Fairy dust will be in plentiful supply as Tinkerbell, played by Radio City’s Leanne Campbell, sprinkles the audience with a little festive fairy-tale magic.

Performance start times vary with dates, check the echo website for daily performance times. Ticket prices start at £12.50.

What Would Christmas be Without Chocolate?

Where: Sefton Park

When: 15th Dec

Those days spent nibbling tree chocolates, dipping hands into buckets of Quality Streets and Roses or raiding selection boxes morning, noon and night are fast approaching, and we can’t wait.

This Christmas get the kids to make there own sweet treats to hang on the tree at the Palm Houses Children’s Christmas Chocolate party.

Here they can learn to pipe their very own lollies, play chocolate games and try a few new fantastic chocolate flavours along the way.

The party will start at 18:00pm – 20:00pm, tickets cost £20.00 per person.  

Liverpool Christmas Parties and Night Out

Whether it’s you and your mates getting together for the holidays or trying to you’ve been trying to organise the staff Christmas party, our guide to the best Liverpool Christmas nightlife will help you have a thoroughly festive time together.

Après-Ski Party without the Hassle of Skiing

When: Various dates throughout Dec

Where: ACC Liverpool


Ever wanted to visit Aspen, where snow-capped mountains and quaint wooden villages scream “IT’S CHRISTMAAAAAS”?

Well, now you can (sort of) as the ACC transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland for the holidays. You and your friends or colleagues from the office can enjoy sipping mulled wine and hot cider in rustic log cabins, whilst daring circus performers pop out of the surrounding woods to entertain you. A delicious festive dinner will follow as the Christmassy circus characters continue to perform daring feats all around.

The entire evening will be capped off with fairground amusements, a spin in the Casinos and a lot of very merry dancing on the packed-out dancefloor, a guaranteed tree topping Christmas night out in Liverpool for everyone.

Tickets start at just £45.00 per person.

Classic Christmas Emo Anthems

When: 1st Dec

Where: Arts Club

Fans of festive nostalgia head to the Arts Club for a night of non-stop Emo tunes themed to the spirit of the season.

Join the Black Parade but don’t Panic at the Disco and enjoy a night revelling in your favourite emo tracks of old, given a seasonal twist especially for Christmas.

Tickets are just £4.40, doors open at 23:00pm – 03.00am (last entry 02:00am). Over 18s only.

The Ultimate Christmas Night Out Shankly Hotel

When: 7th Dec

Where: The Shankly Hotel

Everyone’s invited to the biggest and best Christmas party of the year hosted by Radio City 2 at The Shankly Hotel.

Hits from the biggest stars of decades gone by will include live performances from 80s Pop Princess, Tiffany and the soulful sounds of Kenny Thomas, then the evening will end with a stellar set on the decks from legendary Liverpool DJ Lee Butler.

Promising party-goers a night of amazing retro music, inside the most popular hotel in the city, The Ultimate Christmas Night Out is the only way to party in Liverpool this Christmas.

Doors open at 18:00pm – 01:00am, tickets are £27.75. Over 18s only.

Hands Up at a Winter Warehouse Rave

When: 13th Dec

Where: Hangar 34


Reach for the fairy lights at this one-off Christmas themed rave hosted inside the dynamic warehouse venue Hangar 34.

Taking things back to the birth of rave culture, Hangar 34 will be pumping out tunes from the decade of trance, acid house and glowsticks; the 90s.

Get dressed up in your finest 90s attire and celebrate the miracle that was the birth of rave culture with Hangar 34 this Christmas in Liverpool.

This event is free, with the option to pay for queue jumping privileges for just £3. Doors open at 22:00pm – 03:00am (last entry 12:00am). Over 18s only.

You are Cordially Invited to a Winter Ball

When: 14th Dec

Where: Invisible Wind Factory

“Write your Ritual, Create your Custom, Make your Myth” this is the message organizers behind the Kazimier Winter Ball are sending out to all their loyal followers this festive season.

The team want to experiment with conventional club nights, adding in artistic performances from resident artists Dogshow and Stealing Sheep in a night meant to challenge the senses and celebrate the season in new and interesting ways.

Curious? Then grab your ball gowns and get ready for a one of a kind Winter Ball this Christmas in Liverpool.

Tickets start at £11.25, doors open at 21:00pm – 04:00am (last entry is 11:00pm). Over 18s only.

Now That’s What I Call Xmas

When: 15th Dec

Where: Camp and Furnace 


By now we are used to the sort of exploits that take place at Camp and Furnace’s fantastic club nights and, like any other, their Now That’s What I Call Xmas event promises to be nothing short of a Christmas miracle in Liverpool.

The crew at Camp and Furnace will be bringing their guests a white Christmas with indoor snow falling from the warehouse heavens. Every cheesy Christmas hit will be played for all to sing-along to and there’ll be plenty of great Xmas pressies, props and surprises up for grabs.

Now that’s what we call Christmas 2018!

Tickets start at £13.20 and doors open at 21:00pm – 02:00am, over 18s only.

Liverpool Christmas Music Concerts

Liverpool Christmas concerts are in full swing this year as they prepare to share the spirit of the season with audiences during the most magical time of year.

The Tradition and Spirit of a Liverpool Christmas

When: select dates throughout Dec

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall


For years the Philharmonic has been the home of Christmas spirit in Liverpool and this year is no exception, as all things festive set up camp inside the iconic music hall.

Audiences will be treated to a stirring concert filled with the sound of choirs, orchestras and carols in these truly fabulous festive concerts.

Sing-along to traditional carols and sit back as Liverpool’s most gifted vocalists inspire the spirit of the season in everyone who attends.

Events begin at 19:30pm on select dates in December until the 23rd which starts at 14:30pm. Tickets start at £21.

Oh, Come All Ye Faithful for Carolling at Sefton

When: 6th Dec

Where: Sefton Park Palm House

There’s nowhere more magical than Sefton Park’s Palm House all year long, but at Christmas, when the Victorian glass dome is filled with the sound of choral music from three local choirs its pure Christmas heaven.

Spend a Christmassy evening listening to the sounds of soothing choral carols, whilst sipping a glass of mulled wine and nibbling on a delicious mince pie.

It doesn’t get much more festive than that.

Doors open at 19:30pm and the concert kicks off at 20:00pm sharp. Tickets cost £10.

Jingle All the Way at St George’s Hall

When: 8th Dec

Where: St George’s Hall

source: – photo by John Johnson

🎶 For the first week of Christmas St George’s gives to you, a concert and a present from Santa too 🎶 

Fill up your season with tonnes of festive cheer by spending some time in a Liverpool landmark that will host a line-up of wonderful voices.

The Jingle Bell Christmas concert in St George’s will also welcome an appearance from Santa, alongside local school choirs and a performance from Hoylake school of dance.

Celebrate the talents of Liverpool youths inside the breath-taking concert hall of St George’s for an enchanting Liverpool Christmas to remember.

Doors open at 19:15pm with tickets starting at £15 per adult and £10 per child.

Festive Film Nights in Liverpool

The most magical movies of all time will make their way onto our screens over the next few weeks. Instead of watching from your sofa this year, why not take a seat in any of Liverpool’s social venues and make a festive movie night like no other?

A Catalogue of Classic Christmas Movies

When: 24th Nov – 24th Dec

Where: Woolton Picture House

Starting from the last week of November, Woolton Picture House will be showcasing all our favourite Christmas classic movies of all time, ever!

Listings include Elf, Scrooge a Christmas Carol, Die Hard, The Polar Express and both Home Alone movies, one and two.

No matter how old you are or which your favourite festive movie happens to be, you can bet it’s being shown this Christmas in Liverpool at Woolton Picture House.

Movie screen times and ticket prices are varied. Check Woolton Picture House website for details.

No One Tells it Quite Like Gonzo!

When: 5th Dec

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Watch as the Muppets take Dicken’s dark Christmas tale and turn it into a song-studded musical filled with colour and laughter from within the best possible surroundings this Christmas in Liverpool.

Take your seats inside the Philharmonic and watch as all your favourite muppets adopt characters from the novel, alongside Oscar-winning actor and notorious hardman Michael Cane who takes on the role of Scrooge.

You’ll laugh, you’ll sing, you might even get up and dance a little to this amazing movie that truly inspires Christmas cheer.

The magical movie begins at 19:30pm and tickets prices start at £8.00.

Let It Go, Ya Filthy Animal!

When: 15th Dec

Where: Camp and Furnace

Whether you are a little kid at Christmas or a big kid who refuses to grow up, Camp and Furnace are showcasing two classic Christmas movies loved by all generations.

Starting at midday the first movie to hit the big screen will be the wintery Disney Classic, Frozen. Let It Go, sing-a-long and enjoy all the fun festive surprises Camp and Furnace have lined up in their unimaginably magical Christmas cinema.

Then, sit tight for family favourite, Home Alone, and enjoy buckets of unlimited pop-corn and the same whacky wonderment Camp and Furnace bring to all their seasonal events.

Young or old, big or small, this is a kid’s cinema event that’s perfect for everyone this Christmas in Liverpool.

Doors open at 12:00pm, Frozen starts at 14:00pm followed by Home Alone at 17:00pm. Under 18’s must leave by 19:00pm. Tickets are £8.80 per person per film.

Festive Film Nights at the Palm House

When: 18th – 21st Dec

Where: Sefton Park Palm House


Counting down the last week of Christmas, Sefton Park’s Palm House will be screening at least one Christmas movie per day.

Kicking things off with the 1951 rendition of Scrooge, running through the best modern movies including Die Hard, Nightmare Before Christmas and ending with everyone’s favourite forgotten child Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.

Movies will start at 18:00pm and 20:00pm on the day of screenings and you can snuggle under blankets with hot chocolates and get ready for a marvellous movie experience this Christmas in Liverpool.

Tickets prices start at £8 per child and £10 per adult with doors opening an hour before the movie start time.

Don’t Be  a Cotton Headed Ninny Nuggins

When: 19th Dec

Where: Camp and Furnace


“The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear”

And you can do just that as Camp and Furnace host a festive themed ASBO Cinema showcasing everybody’s favourite Christmas movie; Elf.

For those who love Christmas just as much as Buddy the Elf, Camp and Furnace is the ideal place to share all your festive feelings.

With Elf themed cocktails, never-ending popcorn, confetti cannons and photobooths, this is a magical movie experience that’ll leave you smiling until Chrismtas Day.

Doors open at 18:00pm -23:00pm (last entry at 19:30pm), tickets are just £8.00 per person 18+ only.

St Georges Hall Christmas Cinema

When: 19th – 23rd Dec   

Where: St George’s Hall

Luna Winter Cinema will be bringing some of their movie magic to Liverpool this Christmas, setting up a stunning indoor cinema inside the beautiful St George’s Hall.

Settle in to watch one of your favourite Christmas flicks including Love Actually, Elf and many more with all the Christmas trimmings, like mince pies and mulled wine included.

Two screenings per day will take place at 15:15pm and 18:45pm with ticket prices starting at £11.00 per adult and £8.50 per child.

Christmas Eve Taken Care of at Liverpool Philharmonic

When: 24th Dec

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic

‘Twas the night before Christmas and at Liverpool Philharmonic a truly festive treat is being organised to charge your Christmas spirit up Christmas Eve.

Choosing one of the most festive films around, Liverpool Philharmonic will be showcasing the Christmas cult classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, the most traditional, heart-warming movie of its kind.

Sit down and enjoy this marvellous movie and charge up your cheer on Christmas Eve in Liverpool.

Two screening will take place at 11:00am and 14:00pm, Christmas Eve with tickets starting at just £10.00.

Magical Liverpool Christmas Markets

When the streets of Liverpool smell of mulled wine and hot food and as far as the eye can see strings of fairy lights beckon you to makeshift wooden cabins, you know your Liverpool Christmas can finally begin.

The Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

When: 10th Nov – 6th Jan

Where: Pier Head


Covering Liverpool’s World Heritage Waterfront with all things wintery, the Ice Festival will be wowing the city for the third year running throughout the festive season.

Take to the ice rinks for a skate, slip down the ice slide, drink in the ice bar and enjoy a wide selection of worldly foods and fun fair rides at The Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival, a wonderfully wintery place to spend time in the city this Christmas.

Fairground rides are pay as you ride however tickets for the ice slide and rink are available to book with prices starting at £10 per child. Family tickets are also available, ice rink and slide closes at 21:00pm.

The Annual Liverpool Christmas Markets

When: 16th Nov – 23rd Dec

Where: St George’s Plateau


This winter more than 40 Bavarian style cabins will pop-up all-over St George’s plateau selling everything from sweeties and knitwear to huge selections of arts and crafts made all over the world.

Three bars will flank the market pouring pints of world beers and mugs of mulled wine all day every day and food stalls will cook and sell tasty treats, including traditional German dishes and Sunday Roast Yorkshire Pudding Wraps.

The perfect place to fully immerse yourself in Liverpool Christmas spirit is at this year’s Liverpool Christmas Markets.

Stalls and bars close at 21:00pm.

Christmas Spectacular at The Bombed-Out Church

When: 1st – 23rd Dec

Where: St Luke’s Church (Bombed-Out Church)

Liverpool has never seen a grotto-like the one coming to the Bombed-Out Church this Christmas.

Book your visit and discover a whimsical winter wonderland inside one of Liverpool’s most well-known heritage sites. Guided by a friendly elf, families will be escorted around enchanting Christmas workshops and activities, meeting lots of Christmassy characters along the way.

The whole journey will be topped off by a one on one sit down with Santa himself, giving your little ones the chance to tell the big man all their Christmas wishes for 2018.

Ticket prices start at £14.29 with sessions starting as early as 11:00am.

The 10th Annual Winter Arts Market in Liverpool

When: 1st Dec

Where: Liverpool Cathedral


For the 10th year running, the Liverpool Winter Arts Market will be bringing a selection of independent traders together to sell their wares.

Over 200 stalls will set up inside the cavernous main hall of Liverpool Cathedral, giving visitors a chance to bag a truly unique hand-crafted gift for someone special this Christmas.

Not only will people be able to purchase exquisite works of art, but they’ll even get the chance to create something themselves by joining in a wreath making workshop provided by Ewer-Roberts Flowers.

Entry price is just £3 with payable parking available at the venue. Doors open at 10:00am and close at 19:00pm.

Secret Winter Garden Croxteth Hall

When: 13th – 22nd
Where: Croxteth Hall

Unlock the magic and mystery of The Secret Garden this Christmas in Liverpool at Croxteth Hall, where visitors can step into a world of wonders filled with dreamy characters and fascinating light shows.

The Lantern Company have created the display, especially for Croxteth Hall, taking advantage of the ancient Victorian landscaped gardens, the perfect backdrop upon which to paint this light show extravaganza.

Traditional market stalls complete the winter wonderland, selling food, drinks and plenty of crafted Christmas gifts for you to take away with you.

Ticket prices start at just £11.00 and each evening’s events begins at 16:30pm. Last entry is 19:30pm.

Fill your Liverpool Christmas visit with fun, festive events, stock up on Christmas presents and charge your Christmas cheer in the city that has sacks of seasonal spirit to spare.

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

About Laura Bowery

Laura is a creative writer who has an interest in all types of artistic expression, be it food, music, fashion or art and she enjoys sharing those interests through her writing

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