So, your Christmas tree is up, you’ve sent all of your Christmas cards and you just can’t figure out what to do next? Here are 10 festive treats Liverpool has to offer you this Christmas.
Christmas is the time for joy and giving, but somehow we still seem to end up running around like headless turkeys and locking antlers over that one remaining super-toy that every child must have. If it’s not the kids then it’s the bumbling, drunk uncle dancing a jig and squawking his way through the annual Christmas playlist. Wouldn’t it be better if we could all just take the night off and enjoy some real Christmas cheer?
Liverpool has a packed winter calendar, so finding something to suit your tastes will be easy! How about a festive four course feast, a cup of tea with the Mad Hatter or a serenading from Paul McCartney? This Christmas list will help make your winter that extra bit warmer.
1. Christmas Lights
On November 9th Liverpool’s Christmas lights were unveiled by 2010 X-Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson with an aptly dazzling show. Visit the city’s sparkling Christmas tree on Church Street and follow the lights as they lead you around the streets on a tour of some Europe’s best shopping.
2. Moroccan Market of Handicraft
Head down to Whitechapel, next to the Met Quarter where you can experience some of the traditional arts and crafts of Morocco. A stunning range of products made by Moroccan artisans are available, such as handmade rugs, clothes, pottery and even herbs and spices.
Whitechapel, 9am-Late everyday. 24th Nov-22nd Dec.
3. Boutique Shopping at Met Quarter
Liverpool’s Met Quarter is the perfect place to pick up that extra special gift. Showcasing high quality brands, like Illamasqua, Links London, Hugo Boss and a brand new Jack Wills store it’s great if you have a bit of extra cash lying around.
Whitechapel, open everyday with 7pm closing on Thursdays.
4. Christmas Markets and Stalls
What better way to spend a chilly winter’s evening than cruising through twinkling streets, tasting all the Christmas goodies on offer. A variety of cultural markets, stalls and tents from across the world are stocked with treats and stocking fillers aplenty
Lord St, Church St, Whitechapel, Paradise St.
5. Christmas in the Park
Check out the enchanting array of attractions atop of Chevasse park in the Liverpool One complex. Visit Santa’s Grotto in the Ice Palace and enjoy some ice skating before warming yourself with a mince pie and hot cocktail in the Polar Bar.
Chevasse Park, Liverpool One. Nov 9th-Dec 24th.
6. Shopping at Liverpool One
Liverpool One, as the UK’s largest open-air shopping centre, has everything you could possibly want this Christmas, whether for yourself or that special someone. Be sure to pick up something unique for Christmas dinner at the Harvey Nichols pop-up food market.
Open 9am-9pm weekdays, 8pm Sat & 5pm Sun.
7. Christmas Dinner at Alma de Cuba
Where better to eat Christmas dinner than in an old Catholic Church adorned with a floor to ceiling mirror and chandeliers made from antlers. It really has to be seen to be believed. Keep an eye out for the petal shower and Brazilian dancers. Book early not to miss out!
Prices between £30.95-£34.95.
8. Alice In Wonderland at Tate Liverpool
Take a journey into the obscure and twisted world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Tate Liverpool hosts a selection of artworks by Carroll and several inspired pieces ranging from pop art to psychedelia. You’ll see stunning pieces from renowned artists such as Salvador Dalí and René Magritte.
Nov 4th – Jan 29th.
9. Albert Dock
Enjoy a day out at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. Start with a trip around the Beatles Museum before taking in the city’s top sights with Santa on the Yellow Duckmarine. Continue into the evening with a meal at Portico or Gusto before enjoying a few cocktails at Circo and a mulled wine at Vinea.
10. Paul McCartney at the Echo Arena
Paul McCartney brings his spectacular show ‘On The Run’ to a finale in his home town at the Liverpool Echo Arena. The 11 date tour has spanned the entire globe, with shows in Peru, Brazil, New York and now Liverpool. Bring the year to a close in style at this fantastic show.
Hospitality tickets £219 per person.