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Nutcracker Trail and Festive Family Fun, here’s what’s on in Southport this Christmas


Christmas is well and truly underway in Southport with the arrival of 10 royal Nutcracker Kings, will you find them all?

Southport has welcomed a group of festive visitors like no other this Christmas. Grab your trail map and set off in search of 10, 6ft tall Nutcracker Kings around the town to be in with a chance of winning an Ipad mini!

Collect your trail map from either The Atkinson, Wayfarers Shopping Arcade or Remedy and set off to explore Southport. Once you’ve found all ten and recorded their names, simply drop your map in Santa’s Post Box in the Wayfarers Shopping Arcade to be in with a chance of winning. Make sure you tag your Nutcracker King pics and selfies with #nutcrackertrail #southporttime. More info here.

Elsewhere in Southport you can enjoy a hearty, family meal, Christmas shopping, shows for all ages, festive film screenings, makers markets and Christmas tree sales too!

Here’s 10 ways to enjoy a festive day out this Christmas in Southport…


The Great Christmas Sleigh Ride, The Atkinson

The Great Christmas Sleigh Ride is a fun-filled, sing-along, interactive festive show for 2-6 year olds. Taking place at The Atkinson Studio from 13th – 18th December, at 10:30am and 2pm daily. After the thrilling festive performance, each child will meet Santa and receive a special Christmas gift! Find out more here.  

Local Makers Christmas Craft Fair

Come and meet some of our local craft makers and find out more about what inspires them to create at The Atkinson on Saturday 14th December from 11am until 3:30pm. Featuring some of the very best local craft makers. you can buy hand made gifts, beautiful crafted jewellery, pottery and driftwood inspired items. More info here. 

Jack & The Beanstalk, Southport Theatre

Fi Fy Fo Fum, Its off to Southport Theatre for some panto fun! From 13th – 29th December you can see Jack & The Beanstalk featuring an all star cast and loads of sing alongs, dancing and slap stick family fun. Find out more and book your tickets here. 

Christmas Shopping in Southport

The town is decked out in fairy lights and the tree is up – what better time to wander the boutiques and high street stores to get your Christmas shopping. Southport offers all the big brand names from M&S to Debenhams and TK Maxx plus whole roads lined with independent book, clothing, jewellery and gift stores – so there’s bound to be a special gift for your loved one, this Christmas. More on Shopping in Southport here. 

A Christmas Carol, The Atkinson

This winter, Charles Dickens’ infamous ghost story is brought alive at The Atkinson in a traditional production, complete with period costume, song, and a musical score. The show is aimed at families with children age 9 and over and runs on Saturday 7th December at both 1pm and 7:30pm. Tickets here. 

Lunch with Santa, The Vincent Hotel

Sunday lunch gets an extra special, festive twist at The Vincent Hotel this Christmas. Book your table for Sunday 15th December and dine with Santa himself! Children will all receive a special gift from Santa too. Check out the menus and book here. 

Chris Difford, Christmas Shopping, The Atkinson

In Chris Difford: Christmas Shopping, the Squeeze co-founder and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist tells stories and sings songs from his colourful career.  Chris has created so many relateable characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 40 years. Don’t miss this one off show at The Atkinson on 13th December from 8pm. Tickets here. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol, Southport Bijou Cinema

The one and only Christmas tradition you really need is a big screen showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol! Head to Southport Bijou Cinema on Sunday 15th December, stock up on your munchies and get ready to LOVE Kermit the frog more than ever before. God bless us, every one. Tickets and more info here. 

Real Christmas Trees, The Old Duke

Nothing smells better than a real Christmas tree in your living room over the festive period. Head to The Old Duke, Scarisbrick New Road throughout December to pick an absolute winner and do Santa proud! More info here. 

Christmas with Steptoe & Son, The Atkinson

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to 26 Oil Drum Lane to catch up with the nation’s favourite, old school rag-and-bone-men and indulge in some classic, festive misadventures on the big screen. Head to the Atkinson on 5th December from 7:30pm to get involved. Tickets here. 

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