As the run-up to Christmas becomes a festive countdown, fasten your sleigh-belts and make the most of your final weekend before the holidays season is upon us, with a vintage take on Christmases gone by and whole lot of celebrating going on across the city.
How is it the weekend already? And most of all, how is it Christmas Day next week? We don’t know where the time’s gone, but we do know how to spend it this weekend in Liverpool with grottos for dogs, the best festive lunch and dinner options and a FIFA World Cup Final thrown in fir good measure.
Take a sentimental journey with this free wartime winter warmer as a 1940s-inspired Christmas comes to town featuring live Jazz and Swing performances, delicious food and drink, a treasure trove of memorabilia and over 20 vintage stalls offering crafts, clothes and artisan gift ideas. Oh, and The Guide will be bringing you all the latest – so see you there, folks!
Historical Croxteth Hall invites us to a cracker-pullin’ weekend of Christmas movies for all ages and even one for amateur crooners with The Greatest Showman sing-along at 11am Saturday, and on Sunday an Autism-friendly screening of Elf at 9.30am with It’s a Wonderful Life showing at 11.30am.
Georgian townhouse Lock & Key is one hotel, bar and restaurant that knows how to do brunch – super tasty, totally tempting and available from 8am until 3pm, so whether you’re an early riser or an afternoon delight, you’ll love this selection of breakfast favourites alongside burritos, omelettes and American pancake stacks.
Friday’s the night to make sure your mother knows that you’re out as Dancing Queens, amateur Fernandos and gorgeous Super Troopers go all-out Glitter as they gather in the name of Christmas disco from 8pm-1am with a live performance from the quite fantastically named, Abbasolutely.
Bark, the Herald Angels Sing! As we all know, dogs go crazy for Christmas, so grab your pooch’s best party outfit, check that list of dog treats twice, and go meet Santa Paws at this luxury dog hotel, spa and resort at Riverside Trading Estate on Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4pm with free doggy gift bags for all good doggie boys and girls.
Get your nerves together and head to the Olympia this Saturday from 2pm-9pm for a BOSS Screening of the 3rd place play off and FIFA World Club Cup final with LFC live on the big screen with music from Matty Keenan & Karl Rooney and DJ Harry Mc on the decks. Families can watch all the action from the balcony area, so take the kids along too.
If you’ve still yet to panto this year, get Aladdin in your Christmas stocking with a journey to Old Peking with Strictly’s Robin Windsor as everybody’s favourite high-flying panto star, joined by Phillip McGuinness as Abanazer and Si Foster as the hilarious Widow Twanky. Seats still available Friday-Sunday for afternoon and evening shows.
A charity organisation in aid of mistreated dogs who need veterinary treatment before they look for new homes, SchnauzerFest makes that morning walk even more worthwhile, whether you go simply for fun or to fundraise with other Schnauzers, their humans and canine buddies. Meet at Sefton Park Palm house for 10.15am, set off at 10.30am.
If you haven’t popped into Mathew Street’s newest neighbour, say hello to this traditional Old English pub named after the man who put Liverpool on the map, as well as Soccer Saturdays on the big screens, there’s an extensive selection of beers, cask ales and great regular offers – including two double gins for only £5.
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, and plum pudding with brandy sauce. At two courses for only £22 per person, three courses at £27 per person, and children under-12 half-price, it’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas.
Ok, festive or not, we love a good pudding – especially when there’s five courses of homemade bakes on offer paired with the perfect cuppa at the gorgeous LEAF – and no better time than Christmas to give into our craving for delicious cake. So good, they formed a club!
We don’t need much of an excuse to spend time in the stunning surroundings of Liverpool’s Titanic hotel overlooking Stanley Dock, so mention Sunday lunch this weekend and you betcha, in the name of all that’s traditional, we’re having three courses.
Watch Radio City Breakfast’s gorgeous Leanne Campbell as she takes to the stage in Christmas classic, Cinderella, alongside Union J star JJ Hamblett inside the hidden gem that is the M&S Bank Arena Auditorium.
Join the Bierkeller dancers for this traditional German-themed extravaganza as Bavarian hospitality hits Camp and Furnace.
Grab your Santa hat and sing-a-long at Santa’s very own Scouse Christmas party with on-screen lyrics, bevvies galore, and lots of festive prizes all in the comfort of our beloved Constellations in the Baltic Triangle.
We love Dead Crafty Beer! A family run beer lovers paradise on Dale Street. This Saturday you can test your Christmas knowledge over a beer & a mince pie as Top Rope Ben digs out his Santa suit and sprays his beard white for another shoutout to silly season.
From 7pm until 11pm, join TV comedy overachiever and lovely Liverpool fella, Neil Fitzmaurice for questions on sport, general knowledge, music, film, history and entertainment.
The stunning cinema rings in the launch of Home Alone, Love Actually and a full week of pretty much every festive film you love. Grab a mulled wine at the bar (which remains open throughout the film), fill yourself up with popcorn, sit back and enjoy the likes of Die Hard, The Greatest Showman and many more.
It’s your last chance to get festive at Liverpool Christmas Market, which closes Monday 23rd. Plenty of bars, food stalls and gift shops, you can also take on the huge big wheel to get great views of the city and take the kids on the Christmas fun fair.
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’.
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