One more sleep! T’was the night before Christmas and all over Liverpool we’ll be getting ready for the big day with so many wonderful ways to make Christmas Eve memorable, we never want the waiting for Christmas Day to end!
For last minute gift ideas or shopping for cute Christmas looks, we’ve got it covered with holiday hot spots, rounded up the best Christmas attractions for kids of all ages, along with shows, movies, winter walks, and a special Christmas Eve selection of the best bars and restaurants to book for the perfect lunch or dinner date to start your celebrations.
Get snuggly in your jammies, enjoy drinks and snacks with new friends and receive a gift from Santa while you bounce, sing, play games and prepare for a magical Christmas morning, with 1-hour slots available between 11am and 3pm.
Otterspool Adventure does Christmas – Otterspool Drive
Christmas Eve is your last chance to visit this winter wonderland where you can journey to the grotto for a gift from Santa, make gingerbread with Mrs Claus, get creative in the make a bear workshop, catch Cinderella live, and go ice skating! Phew! Is it Christmas yet?
Little ones can meet these cute Christmas donkeys for rides around the garden from 1pm, while grown-ups enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and a warm festive welcome. While you’re there, why not prebook a family dinner before the big day arrives?
You’ve still got time! Don’t worry if you’re still making a list on Christmas Eve – post your letter in-store and Santa will receive it before he takes to his sleigh.
The final day to meet Pumpaa, Sprout and their team of Elves before they get back to work with Santa on making Christmas dreams come true! Full-on festive fun for little ones from 2-to-10 years, with this crash course on what it takes to be an elf!
Make it a magical Christmas Eve as you have a ball at Cinderella. This classic show stars Benidorm’s Crissy Rock and Emmerdale’s Sammy Winward at The Epstein’s first ever panto, with some availability still left for showings at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm.
It’s the final day to take a Christmas Eve journey into the enchanted forest for music, laughter and a fantastic Christmas list of a cast including Radio City’s Leanne Campbell returning as The Wicked Queen, Union J’s JJ Hamblett as The Prince and Ellie Turner as Snow White, with shows at 1pm and 5pm.
This sweet Christmas musical is made for getting us a little bit sentimental – as we should be – this Christmas Eve, featuring the classic song, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas, with wonderful, live performances, and shows still available at 10am and 2pm.
Featuring the Liverpool Cathedral choir, take time to remember what the spirit of Christmas is all about with this magical carol service which has proven so popular in recent years, you can now choose from two Christmas Eve services at 2pm and 4pm.
Gather the troops and cosy up around the iconic Liverpool ONE Christmas tree for festive food, a few drinks and an in-hütte karaoke machine ready for your rowdy renditions of all the Christmas classics with slots still available from 11am until 5pm.
The ideal Christmas Eve setting for mulled wine, mince pies and of course, a good old Baileys, beautifully decorated with fairy-lights, Christmas trees and roaring fires, this Christmas card of a bar offers holiday hospitality with last table bookings available at 8pm.
It’s practically a Christmas miracle! Take two disused buildings and transform them into The Bar that Stole Christmas – featuring a seasonal selection of great-looking Christmas-themed bars filled with Christmas spirits, beers and party nibbles, along with plenty of Yuletide fun!
Call into this creative Bar & Kitchen for locally produced Gin, along with a full menu of small plates, sharing platters and pizzas. Book into the Gin Lab experience with slots still available at 1pm and 3pm to create your own personalised bottle of infused Liverpool Gin, and if you’re still struggling for original gift ideas, grab some gift vouchers too.
This stunning Brooklyn-inspired neighbourhood bar and kitchen is a real tree topper, serving award-winning cocktails, Craft beers, gin and fizz, with food served daily and drink packages available including Prosecco on arrival and beer buckets available to pre-book.
Set against the Liverpool Waterfront, this seasonal extravaganza has loads for the two of you to do with attractions like the Ice Slide and Ice Jet Ride, a leisurely stroll around a traditional Christmas market, and when it’s time to warm-up those rosy cheeks, you can head to the Alpine Bar for cosy Christmas Eve hot chocolate, crepes, waffles and drinks, or prebook a table from 10am until 9pm, with ice skating available until 8pm.
Illuminated with over a million twinkling lights, and featuring the Love Returns projection along the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Albert Dock is not only a gorgeous photo opportunity waiting to happen, but a great shout-out for a Christmas Eve hook-up.
If you’ve still got Christmas shopping to do, you’ve got unique independents like The Nest which sells some amazing local gifts, Leather Satchel Company, The Nest (open ’til 4pm), Lost Soles (open ’til 2pm), and for any vinyl junkies, Dig on the Dock.
After you’ve shopped, treat yourself and tuck into tacos at the newly opened MADRE, slurp on festive hot chocolate from Peaberry & Coffee House, indulge in a sharing platter of Spanish tapas at Lunyalita, or feast on Middle-Eastern Inspired small plates at Maray.
If you’re feeling indecisive about where to book for Christmas Eve, you’ll be made up with this merry selection of bars and restaurants at Duke Street Market, with some of the best food and drink in the heart of the city from 10am ’til 7pm.
Sip a Christmas cocktail and watch the world go by in the mezzanine Island Bar, and if your date is a dog lover, they’ll be impressed when you tell them pooches are welcome too.
Our cinemas screens are bursting like an overstuffed cracker this Christmas with latest releases including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a extravaganza of celebrities like Taylor Swift, James Corden and Idris Elba in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, GOT’s Emilia Clarke in Last Christmas, must-see Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, and for Disney fans, it’s got to be the guaranteed sing-along-for-life that is Frozen 2.
There’s a lot to be said for the seasonal buzz of hitting up the stores for a Christmas Eve shop-a-thon. Go online and plan your visit with a quick reminder of the big brands, latest offers and amazing restaurants you can find in north west retail hot spots like the superb Liverpool ONE, Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port and Manchester’s Trafford Centre, and before you know it, you’ll be ticking off your list, grabbing a great meal, sipping a drink…and wishing you weren’t stuck with all that last minute wrapping!
Start the countdown to Christmas Day by wrapping up for a winter walk. Whether you’re in the mood to set off in search of Yuletide adventure, you’ll find great places to explore and new favourite walks to discover less than an hour away from Liverpool.
A little closer to home, don’t forget about the beautiful parks we’re lucky to have right here on our doorstep, many of which offer places for a warm drink and a bite to eat after you’ve dusted-off those pre-Christmas cobwebs.
Take a seat at the stunning Gusto Italian on Edward Pavilion to select from a set menu including mushroom crostini with caramelised red onion and cranberry chutney; turkey involtini in rich Marsala wine sauce, and panna cotta with fruits of the forest compote.
If you haven’t already discovered this incredible oriental dining experience, make Christmas Eve the day you head to the Baltic and treat yourselves to the Lu Ban banquet – including wok smoked chicken, gulao pork and Beijing duck.
Start with a sharing platter featuring dishes including slow-cooked pulled beef brisket, balsamic roasted beetroot & thyme tarte tatin for main, and tell your tummy it’s that time of the year, with Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.
There’s something about the traditional cobblestone streets and beautifully decorated facade at 60 Hope Street that makes it a real Christmas treat, and with a menu including roasted cauliflower soup, slow-roast belly pork, and panettone with brandy sauce, it’s a great way to start celebrating.
Liverpool is spoilt for choice when it comes to exceptionally good dining, and MOWGLI, which also has a walk-in restaurant on Bold Street, has got to be at the top of our Christmas Eve lists. Give yourself the gift of food roulette with a Tiffin box.
It’s Christmas cheer all round when you start celebrating with the Christmas Mezze on arrival including coriander and date roasted chestnuts, and add a drinks package with Cava on arrival at £5 per person, or at £9 per person add a glass of wine or schooner of draft beer.
Relax and unwind on Christmas Eve in the elegant surroundings of Hotel Indigo and treat yourself to a set menu from the first British chef to be awarded 3 Michelin stars, with set menus starting from only £11.95 per person, that makes for a very happy Christmas Eve.
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