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If you’re getting Christmas cabin fever, can’t look another mince pie in the eye or need rescuing from another glass of Baileys – you’re in luck. We’ve found some brilliant invitations to escape the holiday slump with a Christmas cocktail of seriously great entertainment, free events, gorgeous food and lots to laugh at right on your doorstep.
From family fun with the kids, post Christmas cocktails, perfect days out and the best shows in town – here’s what you can get up to over the next few days in our great city.
We really are spoiled for choice when it comes to going out on Boxing Night in Liverpool. You can rave your way into the early hours with Tall Paul and Lee Butler as The State re-opens it’s doors. Get the glitter balls swinging as Liverpool Disco Festival hits Camp & Furnace. Or treat yourself to DJ sets from the Shapeshifters at 54, Laidback Luke at the Arts Club or DJ Sosa at Mansion.
Get yourself into town and grab some bargains across our city centre as Boxing Day sales begin. Yes, you are guaranteed to fume as that frock you bough last month is now 50% cheaper, but still who doesn’t love some post Christmas retail therapy.
After all that Christmas comfort food let’s leave the leftovers behind and back away from that second serving of pudding! This pine-scented forest is only a 40-minute drive away for you to hire a bike or start your Christmas holiday weekend with a walk in this beautiful woodland. A great festive refresher for the whole family – including four-legged friends, open until 5pm.
Strictly superstar Robin Windsor is wowing audiences at St Helens Theatre Royal as Aladdin continues into New Year.
Cheer on Aladdin and his friends as they try to stop the villainous Abanazer from trying to rule the world with a very special lamp. Will he meet the beautiful Princess Jasmine and who are the Slave of the Ring and the Genie of the Lamp?
And now for something completely different! Get over any holiday boredom hurdles by taking the kids to The TheraPlate UK International Horse Show with incredible equestrian performances, live music from The Kings featuring BBC’s The Voice finalist, Mitchel Emms, and spectacular high-octane showstoppers – including all the shopping and retail therapy any family event could ask for until New Year’s Eve.
Yes, there’s still time to whack on the ice skates and glide like Bambi on the Pier Head as Liverpool Ice Festival continues. You will find festive food & drink, fair rides for the kids and some huge thrills for us big kids, with the likes of the Ice Blast and the massive Ice Slide.
From getting that selfie with the Blackler’s Santa, exploring Little Liverpool on the Pier Head, experiencing Seized at our Mersey Maritime or delving into the world of natural history at the World Museum there is something for all ages this Christmas at National Museums Liverpool.
Sudley House in South Liverpool is also a must-visit for your history loving family. Watch above for more and head to the website here to get all the info you need.
All NML venues are open 10am – 5pm every day, except on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January.
There’s more to life than streaming the latest stand up comedy from the couch – join the audience – with your choice of either a double afternoon bill from 5pm or a triple bill from 9pm featuring upcoming stars Danny McLoughlin, Adam Rowe, Paul Smith and Troy Hawke. Tickets still available until Monday 30th December.
If you’ve been ‘Christmasing’ at 100 miles per hour this week, take an afternoon out at this gorgeous spot with their Festive rendition of Afternoon Tea – including turkey & cranberry finger sandwiches, pigs in blankets and Baileys crème brülée accompanied by live acoustic music – perfect for a post Crimbo treat from £18.95 per person.
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas show, especially once all the hard work and prep’s been done and you can sit back and enjoy the best things about the season. This panto rocks out with sing-a-long anthems and seasonal laughs, so if you’re not ready to leave all that Christmas spirit behind you just yet, book in for shows across Christmas week and into 2020.
Rain or shine, Knowsley Safari offers up the perfect day out for all of the family. Not only can you take on the glorious 5-mile safari drive meeting rhinos, camels and of course, the baboons along the way, but you can also see the Sea Lion show, be wowed at the Birds of Prey display and explore the bat cave.
Knowsley Safari is closed boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
If you’re in town on Friday get onto this – it’s like Christmas all over again when you start your night with a free drink from a selected menu of Revolution cocktails, a glass of fizz or bottled beer from 5pm until 9pm. Nice one!
If it’s been a while since you visited this end of town, treat yourself with a visit to Mackenzie’s and watch the match live at 3pm accompanied by a selection of over 300 whiskies, a superb selection of craft and real ales, along with fresh food in this super stylish bar.
The perfect opportunity to make a change from your local this Christmas and head into town for the 4.30pm kick-off to watch the match at Punch Tarmeys at Cains Brewery Village – and with private booths, an all-day menu, incredible live music and drinks offers, your day doesn’t have to end with the final whistle.
Get yourself settled for a movie in front of the big screen with new releases including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Cats and Little Women and upgrade for a proper post-Christmas treat when you book VIP at The Gallery – with exclusive access to the bar, unlimited popcorn and nachos with the comfiest seats and best views in the house.
Take a step back into legendary Liverpool nightlife until 3am and have a ball with Cream Klassical co-creators, K-Klass, along with original Quad Squad and House pioneers, John Kelly, Andy Carroll and Mike Knowler, with resident warm-up DJ Paul Bleasdale kicking off proceedings at 9pm.
You don’t have to be an expert in Mozart, Beethoven or Bach to enjoy The London Concertante, we promise. They know over 50% of their audiences are first time classical concert goers, and that’s because The London Concertante has the audience laughing, as well as moved by gorgeous string playing and leaving with a smile on their faces. Join them from 7.30pm until 9.30pm for a great night of entertainment.
Get the kids out the rain and off their I-pads! Bubbles World of Play in New Brighton reopens from 27 December and Mattel World of Play on the Albert Dock is open 27-30th. Also everyone’s favourite role play centre, Imagine That is open on 28/29th.
Following on from its incredible launch, the Dock‘s newest independent restaurant, MADRE, is now officially open and taking bookings. Offering the perfect venue to visit during the festive period, this lively taqueria is a taco and tequila lovers dream, with an eclectic atmosphere and live music on the weekends when the venue is open until 2am.
Not experienced RLB360 yet? Now is the perfect time. Head up high to the top of our most iconic building, see the sights like never before, experiencing the Liverpool themed projection show along the way which is guaranteed to give you some post-Christmas goosebumps.
From booking a winter hut at The Clubhouse to tucking into a Catalan feast at Lunya. Liverpool ONE has over 50 restaurants and bars with the likes of Yard & Coop, Chaopraya, Smoke & Dough, TGI Friday’s and Wahaca providing the food, while Roxy Ball Room, Junkyard Golf and Aether provide the cocktails.
Dating back to 1530 there’s much more to Speke Hall than just a load of amazing history. This Christmas week you can explore the vast grounds and gardens taking on the Winter Wildlife trail, the Coastal Reserve route or just let the kids unwind on one of the outdoor play parks. The hall reopens in February but the restaurant, stores and more, are open everyday after Boxing Day.
It’s the Chinese inspired restaurant that everyone is talking about. This Christmas week let Executive Head Chef, Dave Critchley and his team take you on a sensory food journey, direct from Tianjin, China to Liverpool.
Think you’re funny? Well, in that case, let’s have it! Liverpool has spawned some seriously funny talent, but if you’re not quite ready to take to an open mic night, head to The Pilgrim on Sunday for this popular 2-hr workshop from 7pm until 9pm, with no experience necessary and a great bar too! Tickets £7. And if you end up as the next John Bishop, tell the world The Guide sent you!
Don’t worry if you’re new to Anti Social Jazz Club because this best of 2019 session will put you right in the mix with a host of music from international to contemporary Jazz tunes in the award-winning Merchant bar and canteen from 7pm until 11.30pm with free entry.
Not ate enough turkey? Make it a Marco Pierre White Christmas with a magical Christmas lunch and dinner menu serving a festive feast of dishes such as roast Cumbrian turkey served with all the trimmings. Or just go for one of their incredible famous steaks, it’s still Christmas after all! Keep your eye out for the incredible January offer too!
If it wasn’t clear enough from its name, ‘The Bar That Stole Christmas’ has transformed Seel Street into a festive extravaganza throughout December. Collective’s inaugural resident will be perfect for Christmas nights out, winter boogies and anyone looking for a place to ‘rock around the Christmas tree’.
There’s still time to be taken to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy and of course, Captain Hook at Liverpool Empire. The show stars Benidorm’s Tony Maudsley and Liverpool legend, Louis Emerick. But be quick, it finishes on 29 December.
You don’t have to wait until next Christmas for another incredible roast because if you haven’t heard, Dockleaf’s roast dinner menu has been going down like hot spuds and gravy, serving traditional Sunday dinner with all the trimmings as well as variations including roast butternut squash & nut roast from midday.
Can you believe Duke Street Market only opened this year, already this foodie paradise feels like it’s been a part of our city forever. It reopens after its Christmas break on Friday 27th December from 3pm with it’s six kitchens, kiosks and bars.
There’s a stunning presentation of the iconic film The Snowman accompanied by live orchestra at Liverpool Cathedral this Saturday. We all loved the movie, and now it’s time to pass it on to the next generation.
Time to get your best shirt out, get the rollers in and prepare yourself for one hell of a New Year’s Eve party in Liverpool. There are more parties and events across the city than ever before, with bars, clubs and restaurants all serving up 2020 in style.
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