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Guide to Christmas in Liverpool

Christmas has arrived in Liverpool! Christmas lights are twinkling, markets are bustling with mulled wine and festive treats, and there is tons to do with family, friends, and loved ones this year.

From Christmas markets to pantomimes to Alpine bars to grottos, check out our guide to Christmas in Liverpool so you can start planning your festive fun leading up to the big day.

Liverpool Christmas Markets

Location: St George’s Pl, Liverpool L1 1JJ

Date: 19th November – 24th December 2022

The season will get under way with the return of the popular Christmas markets on Saturday (19 November), which will see dozens of festive cabins located on St George’s Hall plateau and along William Brown Street. 

Expect festive food offerings along with unique Christmas gifts, decorations, art, crafts and jewellery courtesy of a wide range of crafters and makers. There will also be a mix of old and new bars serving festive drinks, with local performers providing entertainment through the week. For those who fancy a sing-a-long, the karaoke ski lifts will be back. 

The big wheel, snow slide and Santa Land rides all return to add to the family fun.

Magical Christmas Experience at Otterspool Adventure

Location: Otterspool Adventure, 37 Otterspool Drive, Liverpool L17 5AL

Date: 26th November – 24th December 2022

Otterspool Adventure will be transformed into a Magical Family Christmas Experience, not to be missed this festive season.

Enjoy up to three hours of magical activities plus unlimited play on the ice rink and attractions! Ticket includes visit Santa in his Grotto and receive a gift, visit the Elves ‘Make a Bear’ workshop, watch a Festive Show, Gingerbread decorating with Mrs Claus, amazing attractions including a Christmas Ice-rink. Brand new for 2022 is a Virtual Reality Sleigh Ride! A magical 4D fully immersive experience. 

Ticket prices range start from £24.95 per person.

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Enchanted at Knowsley Safari

Location: Knowsley Safari, Knowsley L34 4AN

Date: 19th November – 30th December 2022

Knowsley Safari’s incredibly popular animal-themed evening light trail, Enchanted returns from Saturday 19th November until Friday 30th December.

This years’ experience is set to be popular, with over 30 light-up animals throughout the Foot Safari, ready to immerse guests in the festive spirit. Families and friends alike will be swept away by the magical atmosphere created by illuminated deer, giraffes, zebra, penguins, flamingos and many more, as seasonal music plays.

Knowsley Safari is pulling out all the stops with its brand-new Christmas Carnival area, where family favourite games will be played – all included in the ticket price.

Enchanted tickets are priced at £11 and at special discounted price of £9 for members. Under 3s and carers are free. There are two Santa Experience packages to choose from. Tickets are £10 and £18 per child and must also be pre-booked online.

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ELF – A Christmas Arena Spectacular

Location: M&S Bank Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool

Date: 3rd-4th December 2022

ELF, the hit Hollywood blockbuster movie has been supersized into a live arena spectacular for this Christmas with a massive stage featuring amazing film backdrops on a huge LED screen plus a mobile stage that travels the auditorium, so everyone gets a close-up view of the action.

The story is hilariously recreated by a large cast of performers into the biggest live Christmas show in the UK. The festive spectacular will feature West End star Steven Serlin stepping into the big floppy shoes of Will Ferrell to play Buddy the Elf.

Ticket prices range from £25.00-£45.00.

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Story Time with Santa

Location: Liverpool Town Hall, High Street, Liverpool L2 3SW

Date: 3rd– 24th December 2022

Story Time with Santa returns to the stunning Liverpool Town Hall for 2022!

Join Father Christmas and his friend, Buddy the Elf, as they share magical stories and sing a song or two in front of their cosy log fire.

This unique, festive event is so much more than a traditional Christmas Grotto…. It is an intimate and engaging experience which will leave you and your little ones spellbound. Each child gets a turn of sharing their Christmas wishes with Santa, before receiving a special gift.

With a maximum of 20 children per story session, be sure to book early for this hugely popular family experience that brings the true magic of Christmas alive.

Tickets are £20 (plus booking fees) per child. Each session is approximately 45 minutes and two adults per child are able to attend free of charge.

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Santa’s Grotto at Liverpool Trampoline Academy

Location: Liverpool Trampoline Academy, Gaskill Road, Speke, Liverpool L24 9GS

Date: From 1st December 2022

Santa Claus is heading to Liverpool Trampoline Academy this December!

From Thursday 1st December Santa will be joining the venue everyday is his very own grotto, the Santa’s Grotto sessions include a visit from Santa, a photo opportunity with Santa, a small gift from Santa and Stay and Play.

Tickets are priced at £7.50 for 0-11 months, £12.50 1-4 years, and £13.50 5+ years.

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BOST Musicals Presents SHREK The Musical

Location: Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JE

Date: 1st – 3rd December 2022

BOST Musicals are returning to the Liverpool Empire with their hilarious production of Shrek the Musical this December!

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this big, bright, beautiful musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ‘ears’.

With fabulous costumes, scenery and puppets (including a fire-breathing dragon), this production is fantastic fun for the whole family.

Ticket prices range from £13.00-£20.90 per person.

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White Christmas

Location: Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JE

Date: 6th-31st December 2022

This Christmas experience the perfect family musical at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

The spectacular production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be lighting up the Empire, direct from the West End.

A timeless romantic comedy to warm the hearts of all ages. White Christmas features the classic songs Blue Skies, Sisters and the most famous festive song of all White Christmas.

Ticket prices range from £13.00-£73.40 per person. 

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Location: Epstein Theatre, 85 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DZ

Date: 9th December 22 – 1st January 2023

The Epstein Theatre Christmas Pantomime this year will be the Goldilocks and The Three Bears, running from Fri 9th December 2022 to Sun 1stJanuary 2023.

Join Goldilocks this festive season who, with the help of the Three Bears, tries to save her Big Top from a rival circus owner! Get ready for a whole lot of family fun – it promises to be panto GOLD!

So…Roll up! Roll up! And get your tickets to the greatest show on earth!!!

Cast includes Britains Got Talent’s MAMA G, Tim Lucas Baron Von Vipplema and star of Emmerdale, David Tag!

Ticket prices start from £18.00 per person.

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The Ultimate Christmas Children’s Party

Location: The Shankly Hotel, 60 Victoria. Street, Liverpool L1 6JD

Date: 10th December 2022

This December Liverpool’s Shankly Hotel is set to welcome The Ultimate Christmas Children’s Party!

Taking place on Saturday 10th December between 1.00pm-4.00pm, expect Christmas Themed Party, Christmas Elf DJ & Host, 400 Kids and parents, vibing together in the Christmas spirits, Festival Stage & Lighting, Games – incl. wicked Christmas themed props, Ho Ho Ho Disco, Festival Fake Snow Machines, Classic Christmas Songs – incl. all popular hits with the kids, Christmas, Lively Children’s Entertainer (DBS checked), Prizes, Consolation Sweets, Certificates & More!

Tickets are priced from £15.00+BF for children aged 2-14 years old, £8.00+BF per adult, £40.00+BF for family ticket.

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A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens

Location: St George’s Hall, St George’s Place, Liverpool L1 1LE

Date: 15th-16th December 2022

Performed by Charles Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens
The Original and the best! No other show in the country has a direct descendant of Charles Dickens taking the lead role.

This talented actor and gifted storyteller brings to life the wonderful characters in this timeless classic. It’s made especially atmospheric knowing his great great grandfather stood on the very same stage to give his famous “penny readings”.

The stunning Concert Hall is the setting for this fabulous show, with its ornate gold columns and glistening chandelier you feel like you are back in time with Mr Dickens.
We are delighted to return to Liverpool city following sell out shows worldwide and a standing ovation at every performance, you must not miss this brief visit. This is a truly unique event and will be the highlight of your Christmas. No “Bah Humbug” when you leave the theatre after this fabulous show. 

Ticket prices start from £18.50 per person.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Location: Hope Street Theatre, 22 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BY

Date: 15th – 31st December 2022

This December join Hope Street Theatre for a gigantic panto of them all with the fabulous Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Trot family are so poor they don’t have a bean to their name, and what is more, there is a giant terrifying the village. Come and see if Jack can defeat the giant, win the heart of the girl he loves and turn the Trots’ fortunes around.

Santa will be adding magical festival spirit to The Hope Street Theatre this Christmas after selectedPerformances of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Pantomime. Each Child will receive a small gift (Selection Box) fromSanta. Picture opportunities are welcome but MUST be taken on your own device at your discretion. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult or guardian at all times.

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Aladdin

Location: M&S Bank Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool

Date: 16th-29th December 2022

Shone Productions Ltd presents Liverpool’s Biggest Ever Pantomime. Aladdin at the M&S Bank Arena, From 16th until 27th December 2022.

Don’t miss this year’s spectacular pantomime featuring: a delicious blend of exotic scenery, colourful costumes, a live band, dazzling dance routines, great songs, plenty of laughter and a sensational cast of performers – – It will be an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

Make your wishes come true and join us on a magic carpet ride to Old Peking. Meet Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee & his mother Widow Twankey as they battle against the evil Abanazar to stop his evil plan to become Master of The World! Will Aladdin save the day and fall in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine? There’s only one way to find out…

Tickets from £23.90 (Family Tickets Available)

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The Snowman Tour 2022

Location: Liverpool Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ

Date: 22nd December 2022

This Christmas enjoy ‘The Snowman’ film with a live orchestra at the Liverpool Cathedral.

Alongside The Snowman, enjoy Aardman’s The Flight Before Christmas, the sensational new Shaun the Sheep film staged with live orchestra for the first time! Shaun’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get stockings for the Flock goes wrong. Prepare for a ‘Santastic’ adventure suitable for all ages, as everyone learns the true value of Christmas.

This magical award-winning show, set within the splendour of Liverpool Cathedral is ideal for the whole family to enjoy together, and is sure to create cherished memories.

Ticket prices range from £11.00-£24.04 per person, Suitable for all ages from 3+.

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Bar Hutte Presents Liverpool Alpine Village

Location: Liverpool ONE, Liverpool

Date: From 11th November 2022

Come visit the magical ski holiday-inspired alpine wonderland taking over Chavasse Park at Liverpool ONE this Christmas. Along with karaoke, you can expect curling, shuffleboard, prosecco pong, wreath making, food and drink stalls and festive family events.  

A new 25-metre Christmas tree will sit at the centre of the attraction on Chavasse Park which itself stands 18 metres above sea level, making the new installation one of the highest artificial trees in the UK.  

The new addition will replace the long established “love heart” Christmas tree on Paradise Street which will now be the location for a series of eight-metre neon trees ensuring that visitors can enjoy a vibrant new design this year.   

Enjoy Christmas Karaoke in one of Bar Hutte’s cosy Alpine huttes, wreath making Apres Ski style, live music and food and drink stalls this Christmas at Liverpool ONE.

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Ultimate Christmas Party Night

Location: The Bentley, 50 Brunswick Street, Liverpool L2 0PL

Date: 26th November 2022

Kick start your Christmas season in style with friends, family or work colleagues at one of The Bentley Liverpool’s amazing Ultimate Christmas Party Nights.

You’ll enjoy an arrival drink, premium buffet festive novelties and crackers. 

There will be live Entertainment from two of Liverpool’s Top class singers Billy & Alan Strand the Bentley’s resident DJ will then be sure to get the party started for you to dance the night away.

Tickets are priced at £45.00 per person.

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Christmas Festival

Location: M&S Bank Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool 

Date: 2nd – 18th December 2022

There won’t be a dry Christmas dinner in sight as you tuck into delicious gourmet street food, including festive chicken burgers, Christmas turkey yorkypud wraps, hog roasts & sweet treats. Then dance the night away with incredible entertainment provided by a live band and festive DJ sets featuring Indemand Radio guest DJ’s, funfair rides, stilt walking, fire eating, and dancers all hosted by DJ Steve Weaver. It’s a Christmas party without the boring bits!

Plus, all attendees will also receive a discount code to book an overnight stay in our on-site 4* hotel Pullman Liverpool – so no stumbling home on the train or trying to book an UBER!

Tickets are available to book via the website for up to 50 guests, or if you’d like to book for a larger group then you can email groups@ticketquarter.co.uk to speak to a member of the team.

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Festival Afternoon Tea with Cilla

Location: The Bentley, 50 Brunswick Street, Liverpool L2 0PL

Date: 3rd December 2022

Join The Bentley this December and Swing into the sixties with our excellent tribute to Liverpool’s favourite LiverBird Cilla!

Starring the fabulous Victoria Jones as Cilla, the show takes audiences on a roller coaster journey through many of the greatest pop songs of the Sixties including Cilla’s own chart toppers Anyone Who Had A Heart, Love of the Loved and Step Inside Love.

Enjoy Festive Afternoon Tea served with a chilled glass of prosecco while you dance, sing, or simply sit back and enjoy, as we take you back to the swinging sixties.

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Swing into Christmas with Festive Afternoon Tea

Location: Malmaison Liverpool, 7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool L3 1QZ

Date: 10th & 17th December 2022

Enjoy an afternoon of festive flavours as you dine to a reimagined Afternoon Tea featuring the classic favourites, with a sparkly Mal Christmas Twist!

Dine to a spruced-up array of Afternoon Tea with an added festive sparkle as you enjoy all your favourite festive songs with our live musician. With a glass of bubbly, delicious hot drinks and plenty of festive treats, we’re sure it’ll get you into Christmas spirit!

Tickets priced £32.00 per person.

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Alpine Village – PINS Social Club

Location: 45 – 61 Duke St, Liverpool L1 5AP

Date: 10th November 22 – 31st December 22

Leading Duke Street venue PINS Social Club welcomes the return of its Alpine Village, complete with a 400-capacity rooftop lodge.

The popular Alpine Village event takes over all of the venue’s three huge floors once again with an exciting day-to-night programme. 

Well-known in Liverpool for its games and activities such as bowling, pool and shuffleboard, PINS has also made a name for itself with the delivery of its unique own-brand events throughout the year and Alpine Village sits at the pinnacle of its calendar.

Roxy Tart – Camp as Christmas

Location: The Bentley, 50 Brunswick Street, Liverpool L2 0PL

Date: 3rd December 2022

After a sell-out show in January Roxy Tart is back for festive frolics!

The Queen of Marmaris will be back on our main stage this December with her Camp as Christmas show! She will be here to entertain with her own brand of fabulously funny, beautifully barmy comedy drag! Cher, Tina, Shirley and lots more. The shoes, the hair, the legs, the costumes…. Roxy has it all!

Tickets are priced at £25.00 per person.

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Santa 90 Xmas Bottomless Brunch

Location: Art House & Pizzeria 

Date: 10th December 2022

We are all dreaming of a 90s Christmas Brunch! This December The Brunch Club are bringing all your Christmas favourites from the 90s to Seel Street’s Art House Bar & Pizzeria.

Event includes 3 Hours of Big Christmas 90’s Sing Along’s plus All Your 90’s Guilty Pleasure Hits Mixed By Resident DJ, Dress Up Encouraged (90’s Fashion with a sprinkle of Sexy Santa Vibes) Tis’ The Season To Be Tipsy with 60 Minutes Bottomless Booze! There’s Snow Place Like A Delicious Brunch, And Mr. Claus’s Bottomless Cocktails.

Tickets are priced at £39.99 per person, 18+ (Adults Only)

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Extravagant Bottomless Brunch with RuPaul Drag Race Megan Schoonbrood

Location: Blundells Supper Club, 63 Blundell Street, Liverpool L1 0AJ

Date: 10th December 2022

FunnyBoyz Liverpool presents the ultimate bottomless drag brunch – a day to remember!

Enjoy 90 minutes of everything inc. Prosecco, Food, Wine, Beer & Cabaret! Event includes Comedy Musical Bingo, Live Cabaret, Bottomless Brunch, All types & forms of drag!

Tickets are priced at £55.00 per person.

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Christmas Bottomless Brunch 

Location: Murphy’s Distillery & Bar, Regent Road, Liverpool 

Date: 17th December 2022

Enjoy 90-minutes of bottomless drinks – including Murphy’s Gin, Vodka, Prosecco, bottled beer, Mimosa and a Christmas cocktail on arrival! Delish food provided by the delightful Crosby Fresh.

Live music to play during the event and live music will also be playing in the bar after the event. Plus, a DJ will be delivering some uplifting tunes so make sure you bring your dancing shoes! on at 8pm till 12.

Food menu includes chicken fillet burger with cheese, coleslaw, bacon & crispy fries, Christmas Cracker Sub with turkey, bacon, stuffing and cranberry roll with gravy and roasties. Veggie options available. Mince pie & cream for afters.

Tickets are priced from £45.00+BF per person.

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Viennese Christmas Spectacular by Candlelight

Location: St George’s Hall, St George’s Place, Liverpool

Date: 31st December 2022

Tchaikovsky’s elegant Nutcracker Suite leads on from Brahms’ serious Hungarian Dance No.5, before Strauss II introduces us to the boundless exuberance of the Polish March in his Trisch-Trasch Polka. 

In the concert’s penultimate work Tchaikovsky transports the evening to the magical halls of snowy Tsarist Russia with a regal waltz from his ballet Sleeping Beauty. The evening reaches its climax with the famous Blue Danube Waltz, not only proving the crowning jewel of a fabulous night’s worth of music, but the coronation of Johann Strauss II as the master of the Viennese waltz.

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