Christmas 2019 is right around the corner and here at The Guide HQ, we’re ready and raring to tuck into the mince pies and mulled wine. We’ve lined up all the info you need about Christmas in Liverpool in one handy guide.
From markets to grottos, gift guides, pantos, festive nights out, all inclusive parties, family days out and where to indulge in a fabulous Christmas feast before the big day. With so many events to see and attractions to experience, you better scroll down and get planning – remember, Santa is watching!
Christmas at Liverpool ONE is a magical affair. Kick starting with a huge party on 15th November featuring exclusive live panto performances, street theatre, music and more, you can’t get more festive than this!
Brand new for this year, The Polar Adventure is set to transport visitors from Chavasse Park to The North Pole this Winter. It’s all aboard the Christmas Express for an enchanted journey complete with festive music, entertainment and the all important hot chocolate at the Pop Up Polar Party! Head this way to find out more and book your ticket for The Polar Adventure.
Elsewhere across the Liverpool ONE, Bar Hutte returns to its home under the colossal LED lit tree. Fully stocked with all your favourite festive drinks and of course, Carol-ok, its a great place for a pit stop while Christmas shopping. There’s a whole programme of events taking place throughout winter including Letter Writing to Santa at Disney Store, Live Choir Performances and more. Plan your trip to Liverpool ONE this Christmas, here.
We’ve been so spoiled with amazing light shows throughout 2019 and thanks to Liverpool BID and The Festive Group, there’s even more to come! The city will light up again throughout the Christmas period as the Liverpool Light Spectacular brings three brand new attractions to the city streets.
An angel wing photo backdrop will appear on Castle Street, a huge walk-through Christmas tree on Williamson Square and perhaps the most impressive, a 50 metre long tunnel of light will crown Church Alley (next to Primark) from 15th November until 5th January 2020. Find out more about the Light Tunnel show music and timings here.
Visitors to the Royal Albert Dock are invited to experience the Wonder of Christmas this winter with a whole host of attractions, restaurants, bars and events.
From gazing at the heart-warming ‘Love Returns’ projection cast against the Merseyside Maritime Museum, to roaming around the beautifully-lit Dock which will be illuminated with nearly a million lights, and snuggling up to watch Home Alone on the floating pop-up cinema, the Dock offers a festive experience like nowhere else in the city.
The Dock is also showing off a new festive look with a decorative theme called Magical Lights. Over a million twinkly lights will illuminate the famous red columns – the perfect backdrop for a truly festive day out. Find out more about what’s on at the Royal Albert Dock this Christmas, here.
Make it a Christmas to remember and see your little ones eyes light up as they tuck into breakfast or tea with Santa at Dobbies in Speke. Availabe from 24th November – Christmas Eve. Prices start at £13.99. Book here.
The stunning Liverpool Town Hall plays host to Father Christmas and his friend Buddy the Elf as they share magical stories and sing a song or two with you, in front of a cozy log fire. Open from 7th December until Christmas Eve, prices start from £16.95. Book here.
Brand new for 2019, Duke Street Market is hosting two very special story time events. On Saturday 7th and 14th December, Santa will take your children on a magical Christmas journey of classic stories from the festive season. Prices start from £11.37. Book here.
There’s a whole load of festive fun on offer at Otterspool Adventure this Christmas. For one ticket price kids and adults can visit Santa in his Grotto and receive a gift, visit his ‘Make a Bear’ workshop, watch Lee Kelly Panto Cinderella, plus take a pic on the ice throne, have breakfast with the big man himself and enjoy unlimited play on all the attractions including the Christmas ice rink! Tickets start at £22.50 per child. Book here.
The World’s Famous Grotto celebrates 140 magical years in Liverpool this year. Situated at St John’s Shopping Centre and open from 16th November 2019, this thrilling, walk-through attraction has undergone a transformation and is set to make even more Christmas wishes come true. Expect wondrous scenes from down the ages before meeting Santa and the elves. Tickets are £12 per child. Book here.
St George’s Hall is hosting a brand new, interactive experience for families this Christmas. Elf Adventure Challenge invited you to take part in elf games and activities, music, stories and earn your certificate of Honorary Elf. This is an indoor, 50 minute long experience that is suitable for 2 – 10 year olds, the fun begins on 30th November 2019. Find out more and book here.
Christmas is set to be truly magical at Knowsley Safari this year with a bigger and brighter Enchanted adventure taking place on selected dates from 4.30pm , 23rd November until 23rd December. Enjoy the safari park after dark and wander the magical illuminated pathways, animals and a cosy Grotto where Santa and the elves are waiting to hear your Christmas wishes. Tickets are £15. Book here.
On Sunday 15th December 2019 you can enjoy a traditional 3 course lunch with Santa at the city’s most iconic venue. The Venue, Royal Liver Building will be decking the halls in preparation for Santa’s visit as the venue is transformed into a winter wonderland for a family afternoon of festive fun and games with the big man himself. Tickets are £20 for children. Book here.
Don’t wait until the Grand National to get dolled up at Aintree Racecourse! Simply book your Great Gatsby Christmas party there this winter and dance, dine and drink like its the roaring 20’s! Arrival cocktails, three course dinner and a DJ til late will make your christmas party one to remember. Tickets are £49.95. Get yours here.
The city’s most iconic landmark, the Royal Liver Building, offers you the chance to party in style with White Christmas party packages. The Venue at RLB is offering tailor made parties for up to 200 people. With both sit down dinner menus and tray served bowl food, your Christmas party can be as formal or a casual as you like.
Offering unrivalled views of the stunning waterfront, at The Venue you can dine, drink and dance all under one stunning roof. Check out the packages and get booking here.
Be transported from Knowsley to Russia With Love this Christmas as a snow covered pine trees and a Cossack encampment invite you to party Bond, James Bond style. There’s hot & cold canapes, three course meal, spectacular live entertainment, dodgems, disco and a casino, plus an ice bar and lots of special effects! Ticket prices start at £43.95pp. More info here.
Intimate gatherings to awe-inspiring parties, Hilton Hotel Liverpool invites you to celebrate the festive season in style. Packages include party nights, festive dining and private parties – with something for everyone. Prices start at just £25.00 and there’s a whole of top class musical tribute nights throughout December to enjoy too. Find out more and book here.
From all inclusive Christmas do’s to private parties and office Christmas lunches, The Richmond Hotel goes the extra mile to ensure everyone has a fabulous time. Three course meals, inclusive drinks packages, themed bars, accommodation deals and of course a dance floor and DJ to ensure you can bust some moves are all on offer at this city centre hotel. Packages start from £49.50. Find out more and book here.
You can expect a red carpet welcome when you book your Christmas party at Anfield this winter. With dates booking up fast – you can enjoy a drinks reception, three course meal, live entertainment, free house wines/beers* mince pies, tea and coffee and a DJ to dance the night away. More info and booking here.
More than 15,000 people enjoyed a Vivid Experience Christmas Party at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Christmas 2019 brings Festive & Fabulous to the ACC. Expect an unforgettable evening of food and drink in opulent surroundings and a party atmosphere. Find out more here.
Christmas Spiegeltent is a brand new venue and experience opening at Cain’s Brewery Village this November. The huge tent offers Christmas parties in Liverpool like no other. Book a booth for 8 or tables from 2 – 12 people and get ready for top class, late night entertainment, a three course meal and more. Ticket prices and dates available here.
You get a whole lot of bang for your buck at Roxy Ball Room Christmas Parties. For just £20pp you’ll receive two drinks tokens and a tasty buffet with something for everyone. There’s big beats and gaming such as pool, ping pong, mini golf and more – all under one roof. More info and booking here.
The Club House is easily one of the most festive venues around the city and where best to raise a glass to old St Nick! Book a table and tuck into a two or three course meal featuring dishes such as sirloin steak, turkey hanging kebabs, smoked salmon fillets and moreish vegetarian en croute.
Drinks packages begin at £6.95pp. Private dining is also available at The Club House – perfect for treating your friends, family or colleagues this Christmas. Info here.
Celebrate Christmas 2019 surrounded by friends and family at The Smugglers Cove, Royal Albert Dock. There’s a delicious Christmas menu starting at £23.50 for two courses with dishes for everyone, plus drinks packages and a truly festive atmosphere.
Mmm Tukey hanging kebabs all round! There’s also an exciting line-up of festive live music to make Christmas 2019 all the merrier! Booking and menus here.
Brand new at Cain’s Brewery Village, Lu Ban invites you to celebrate Christmas in Liverpool with an exquisite Chinese banquet lunch or dinner. For £25 per person you can enjoy dishes such as Master Wang’s noodles, street vendor straw fries, beijing duck and Guloa Pork. Desserts are delicate yet delightful. ‘Before The Rain’ is a dish consisting of pear, ginger spiced creme brulee. Menus and booking info here.
With both a festive lunch and dinner menu on offer this Christmas, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill menus start at just £22.50 per person. Dine in the stylish surroundings of this Chapel Street restaurant and bar and enjoy Roast Cumbrian Turkey, sea bass, rib eye steak and delectable desserts. Menus and booking here.
The festive experts at the city’s most instagrammable venue have created delicious Christmas menus (vegetarian, vegan and non gluten menus available too) complemented by flowing drinks packages and an atmosphere like no other! Check out the menu and book here.
It’s back! Bottomless Christmas Dinner was such a huge success at Baltic Social last year, the boss team have decided to bring it back for 2019. It’s a truly simply concept that will hit you right in the meat sweats. It’s £35 a head for a two hour sitting of traditional Christmas dinner, trimming and prosecco or beer inclusive. How good is that? It’s only available on 14th and 15th December, so get booking here asap.
A traditional Christmas dinner in the heart of the Georgian Quarter is like playing a part in your very own Charles Dickens novel! The Philharmonic Dining Rooms (or The Phil pub as we know it) is offering a great value Christmas lunch with a glass of prosecco for just £3 if you prebook. Expect turkey and all the trimmings, plus a warm welcome. Three courses is just £25.95. Find out more and book your table here.
There’s a sumptuous three course Christmas lunch on offer at Gusto, Royal Albert Dock this winter. For just £24.95 per person, you can dine on starters such as mushroom crostini, or homemade, chicken pate. Traditional mains of turkey involtini, winter vegetable pachetto and braised feather blade of beef. Indulgent desserts include spiced apple crumble and Italian classic, panna cotta. Full menu and how to book here.
Liverpool Christmas Markets return to St George’s Hall Plateau from from 15th November until 23rd December 2019. The bars are back stocking all your favourite festive bevs – mulled wine and cider, plus amazing Yorkshire pudding wraps make a welcome return alongside fair ground rides, gift stalls and more. Cable Car karaoke anyone? More info here.
There’s more than 50 stalls on offer at the Aintree Racecourse Christmas Market. Taking place on 30th November – 1st December, you can expect sweet treats, crafts, arts, food and drink, fair ground rides, live entertainment and lots of festive fun. Find out more here.
Baltic Market is the only place to be on Sunday 15th December 2019. The much-anticipated return of the Baltic Triangle Gift Market takes place from 11am and this one is a Christmas gift market special. Stall holders are all local and independent makers, so you can expect everything from printers, potters and painters, through to carpenters, clothiers and candlestick-makers! More info here.
Camp & Furnace is getting in on the festive market vibes this year by hosting the Liverpool Print Fair on Saturday 23rd November 2019. The event, which runs from 11am – 5pm, is perfect place to discover skilfully handmade, affordable prints and sequential art, showcasing a dynamic mix of styles among the stalls. Free entry and unique gifts guaranteed. More info here.
Why not start your Christmas shopping in a 12th century Benedictine Priory? Talk about unique gifts and keeping it local, Birknehead Priory is hosting a Christmas Market on 8th December from 11am. Here you’ll find Christmas gifts, beautiful hand made, unique items, lovely things to eat & drink plus music and festive entertainment for all. Climb St Mary’s Tower for stunning views of the waterfront, the Liverpool skyline, Cammel Laird shipyards and Wirral. More info here.
This December Exchange Flags will play host to a very different type of market. A Very Vintage Christmas brings together the best bits of the festive season with a 1940s vintage twist. Teaming up with Liverpool’s war museum, Western Approaches, this retro event offers visitors the chance to shop 20 vintage stalls selling crafts, clothes and artisan gifts. More info here.
Open Culture’s hugely popular, Winter Arts Market at back at Liverpool Cathedral on 7th December 2019. You can expect hundreds of independent arts and crafts stalls, food, drink and music and a warm welcome. Find out more here.
On Saturday 30th November 2019 The Elephant Bakehouse & Pub car park is transformed into a winter wonderland of festive fun. Featuring the very best local makers, bakers, creators & everything else in between to showcase their amazing festive wares. Get down there from 1pm til 7pm when the Woolton Village light switch on takes place. More info here.
The BTR annula Santa Dash returns to the city streets on 1st December. Regarded as the official start to the Christmas countdown, this event sees thousands of red and blue santas take on the chilly 5km course from the Pier Head. There’s still time to register! Head this way to get your suit.
The classic 20th Century Fox film gets a stage musical remake at the Playhouse Theatre this Christmas. Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical is a heart warming story packing with songs that will have you singing along – whatever your age. A great day out for all the family. Tickets and more info here.
Sticking with song alongs! Get yourself down to the stunning Concert Rooms at St George’s Hall on 1st December to join Santa and the elves in a huge sing song, complete with the Allerton Brass Band. Expect all your favourite Christmas Carols and a jolly good atmosphere. Tickets here.
It’s everyone’s favourite festive rom com – even if you wont admit it! Love Actually is being screened at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 24th November with the soundtrack performed live by an orchestra. Prepare for all the feels as this story of 10 intertwined stories comes together in a happy tears ending. Tickets selling fast, get yours here.
If you’re going tee total this Christmas or just fancy an adventure without the fizz – this is the one for you! The Festive Silent Disco gets you on your feet – busting moves around the city streets with your very own soundtrack played down your headphones. It’s such a good laugh and a great way to get together before the big day. Book on here.
One for the pups! Dress your pooch up in your/their favourite festive fancy dress and head to BrewDog on 8th December from 12pm. This is a celebration of the OAP’s (old age pups) and rescue dogs with special guests and lots of dog friendly fun to be had. Find out more here.
It’s a classic! The Snowman Tour returns to the beautiful Liverpool Cathedral on 28th December 2019. Why not treat the kids to a post-Christmas day out and settle down to watch this traditional animated film on a big screen at one of the most iconic city landmarks? There’s two screenings, one at 5pm and another at 7:30pm. Tickets here.
Ice skating, thrill rides and more hot chocolate than you can shake a reindeer at! The Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival is back at the Pier Head. Open now and running until 5th January you can pre book your ice skating session, let the kids have a ball on the rides and make some family memories together – all winter long. Tickets and more info here.
Definitely not a panto for the kids! Our very own Lindzi Germain stars in The Scouse Snow White at the Royal Court Theatre this Christmas. Running from 22nd November until 18th January 2020, this classic fairy tale gets a proper scouse make over and there’s going to be all kinds of hilarious drama. Get a baby sitter and book your tickets here.
If you can’t have a (slightly drunk) sing along with a bunch of strangers in arms over Christmas, when can you? Constellations is playing host to Santas Scouse Crowd Karaoke on 21st December from 7pm. Lyrics on the big screen, everyone sings together, no cringey spotlight moments – it’s sounds amazing! Tickets and more info here.
Brand new at Cain’s Brewery Village for this Winter, Christmas Spiegeltent is where you’ll find Liverpool Big Drag Pageant on 29th November from 7:30pm. Expect a ferocious spectacle of talent, diversity, creativity and confidence – and whole load of lacquer! Tickets and more info here.
Its Christmas and that means only one thing. Michael Buble is in Liverpool with his ‘An Evening With’ tour! The M&S Bank Arena is where you’ll find Mr. Christmas himself on 3rd and 4th December 2019. Crooning away and making all kinds of magic with his silky smooth vocals and all your favourite hits. Tickets are flying out for this gig so head this way to get yours.
Punch Tarmey’s will be spreading Christmas cheer throughout the festive period with a tipple or three and some amazing live music. Meridian perform live on Saturday 21st December and this 6 piece band will have you up on your feet with their renditions of the best pop, rock and disco. Loads of drinks deals on too. More info here.
Invisible Wind Factory is where the real party is at this Winter. Classicsfest brings a Christmas Cracker featuring Byron Stingly to town on 14th December 2019. Kicking off at 9pm you can expect to hear massive club bangers such as Come On Get Up Everybody, You Make Me Feel and more. Tickets here.
The ultimate Christmas bar is back, bigger and better than last year! Miracle on Seel Street at 81ltd is like walking into a Christmas card – with festive cocktails! This year there’s loads of movie nights, a super tasty festive menu and more. It’s £10pp you get a welcome drink, gift bag and guaranteed seat. Book here.
Camp & Furnace is bringing together the UK’s Christmas favourite tributes for one mega Christmas Tribute Festival. Taking place on 14th December 2019, be transported to Lapland with festive Christmas Wonderland decor and sing and dance the night away with likes of ABBA, Michael Buble, Queen and of course, Mariah Carey! Tickets here.
After the sad demise of 53 Liverpool earlier this year, we’ll be raising a glass at 54 Seel Street – the brand new incarnation of a belting Liverpool bar and club, this Christmas. The one and only Julie McKnight performs live on Sunday 1st December as the hugely popular Sunday Club returns. Tickets and more info here.
When it comes to thoughtful, unique, funny Christmas cards and gifts, your one-stop shop at Liverpool ONE is Utility. If you’ve never laughed out loud at the cards or picked up a winning last minute gift here – are you even scouse? From snazzy socks to Christmas decorations, jewellery, toys and keep sakes, Utility has it all. More info here.
A wander around the Royal Albert Dock boutique stores is always a good idea. Throw in a huge helping of festive charm and you can wrap up all your Christmas shopping in one go. One of our absolute favourite shops is The Nest. Stocking local artist products and creations you can pick up prints, kitchen wear, art, jewellery, sparkly liver birds and more, all under one festive roof. More info here.
If you’d rather avoid the city centre – why not buy local? The Liverpool Gift Gallery, West Derby Village offers lots of gift ideas – especially for the reds of blues in your life! Pick out your favourite player artwork, Christmas card or even baubles and put some magic under your tree. See what’s in store here.
If like us, you’re a fan of getting your Christmas shopping done all in one go – head to Red Brick Market at Cain’s Brewery Village. Open 7 days a week and packed with stalls selling everything from retro tour t shirts to vinyl, festival jackets, art work, homewear and plants – there’s bound to be something for your nearest and dearest here. More info here.
Gift the gift of a wild imagination this Christmas with a book from Lingham’s Heswall. With a busy programme of author signings, you could surprise your loved one with a personalised message from their favourite writer. Stocking everything from fairy tales to crime novels and everything in between, drop in a Lingham’s this Christmas. More info here.
Brand new at Liverpool ONE this winter, Oliver Bonas is your go to for loved ones who adore trinkets and home wear. The shelves are lined with beautiful pottery, clothing, accessories, jewellery, stocking fillers for little ones, cushions, stationery and more. See what’s in store here.
Give the gift of confidence this Christmas with a whole range of beauty products and treatments on offer at Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols. You’ll find all your favourite brands under one roof at Liverpool ONE, plus hair, nails, make up and lash appointment vouchers for loved ones who love a bit of sparkle at Christmastime. Find out more here.
Another Royal Albert Dock gift emporium is Tate Liverpool shop. Filled with interesting books, stationery, toys, jewellery, clothing, posters and more – you can still pick up your very own Keith Haring branded merchandise plus who doesn’t love a Tate tote? Stylish and eco friendly! See what’s in store here.
A Bohemian Napsody rewind of the traditional Sleeping Beauty fairy tale comes to the Everyman Theatre this Christmas. Running from 23rd November until 18th January, the rock n roll panto is always a hugely popular choice for families and stars writer/producer duo Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton. Packed with amazing songs, costumes, dance numbers and comedy. Head this way to get your tickets now.
From Saturday 7th December until 5th January, families can enjoy a magical fairytale adventure at New Brighton Floral Pavilion. Snow White is brought to life with plenty of sparkle and mischief – starring Liverpool’s own Claire Sweeney, Luke Walsh, Sean Jones and Phillip Meeks – who this year celebrates a decade of playing the hilarious pantomime dame. Tickets and info here.
Swashbuckling fun comes to the Liverpool Empire from 7th – 29th December as Peter Pan brings familiar faces to the city centre stage. Starring Brookside’s Louis Emerick, Tony Maudsley, John Elliot and Asa Elliot – you’re invited to take an unforgettable trip to Neverland on the Jolly Roger. Tickets and more info here.
The amazing Regal Entertainments has only gone and bagged a Strictly Come Dancing star for their Christmas panto, Aladdin this December. Robin Windsor joins a hugely talented cast including – Phillip McGuinness, Si Foster, Jenna O Hara, Kai Jolley and Olivia Sloyan. Travel to the mysterious middle east for this brilliant family escapade packed with songs everyone can join in with. Tickets here.
The fabulous Leanne Campbell returns as the Wicked Queen in Snow White at the M&S Bank Arena this Christmas in Liverpool. Kicking off on 13th and running until Christmas eve, this classic tale gets a special effects make over with a whole load of sparkle! Ellie Turner plays Snow with the hilarious Mark Hudson as Dame Dolly. Tickets and info here.
The star-studded line up for Cinderella at The Epstein Theatre is a comedy lovers dream! Emmerdale’s Sammy Winwood takes up the lead as Cinders and is joined by Chrissy Rock, Sarah White & Warren Donnelly from Shameless. If the launch event is anything to go by, this is going to be the funniest family panto yet! The fun starts on 6th December 2019. Tickets here.
The annual Elegance Productions charity panto returns this winter with their very own take on Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. Taking place at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 7th December, this traditional pantomime story features all your favourite characters and a few new ones too. Starring Paul Germain, Eugene Byrne, Grace Hillier and Hannah Jankins as Snow, proceeds from this show are donated the Blackburne House. Tickets and more info here.
There’s a family panto featuring Liverpool’s very own Sinbad, actor Michael Starke at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn this Christmas. Snow White gets a comedy outing with fun for all the family from 11th December until 12th January 2020. Lynn Francis, Chris Pym, Matt Dallen and Charlie Griffiths also star alongside Rebecca Lake as Snow White. Tickets and more info here.
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