18th November 2016

7 Ways to Get Festive in Liverpool

The festive season is set to be a cracker in Liverpool this year. Heading over for a weekend? Check out these 7 christmassy things to enjoy during a winter city break…

Liverpool’s Christmas Market

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This year, Liverpool’s Christmas market is moving to St George’s Plateau: a location which features prominently in the new Harry Potter film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The market opens on the same day as the film’s release, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to visit the magical spot before you hit the cinemas.

Expect a fabulous array of arts and crafts, mulled wine, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and other mouth watering festive treats. There will also be a fabulous light show, which will enchant and delight the little ones and grown-ups alike, with thousands of lanterns and characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar.

Dates: 18 Nov 2016 – 22 Dec 2016,

Address: St George’s Hall Plateau, St George’s Hall, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JJ

Ice Festival

Liverpool’s Pier Head is set to be transformed into a gorgeous winter wonderland. Grab your skates and head to the magical open air ice rink, enjoy the fantastic view from the top of the UK’s largest real ice slide and wrap up in a cosy blanket at the glittering ice bar, where all the furniture is carved from real ice.

Dates: 11 Nov 2016 – 3 Jan 2017
Address: Pier Head, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DP


Winter Arts Market

This December, Liverpool’s much loved independents will fill the stunning Anglican Cathedral for the annual Winter Arts Market. If you’re shopping for gifts, there’s something for everyone, with work from over 200 artists, designers and makers.

This year’s market will feature work from more than 200 of the region’s best artists, designers and makers with everything you can imagine for sale – from paintings and jewellery to screenprints, Christmas decorations, cards, photography, homewares, glassware, textiles and handmade beauty products. There will also be a Vintage Fair downstairs in the Cathedral’s Concert Room, and a food fair offering everything from homemade jams and chutneys to chocolate and unique blended teas. The Cathedral Cafe will be on hand to provide tasty festive treats and hot drinks throughout the day, and the young and young at heart alike can drop into the Craft Lab for Christmassy crafting fun with the Super Silly Scientists.

Dates: Sat 3 Dec 2016
Address: Anglican Cathedral, St James Mt, Liverpool L1 7AZ


Christmas Cinema at the Palmhouse


The minds behind Independent Liverpool are putting on a cinematic treat this year, with a series of Christmas films to be shown through the festive period beneath the palms at one of Liverpool’s most beautiful venues. They’ve teamed up with Nacho Nacho man to cover movie snacks, and there will also be a swing singer and gin and prosecco bar. Screenings include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Muppets Christmas Carol, Love Actually and Grinch. Tickets are selling fast, so book soon if you fancy it.

Dates: 19 Dec 2016 – 23 Dec 2016

Address:  Sefton Park Palmhouse

Christmas Tree at Liverpool ONE

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You can’t miss the 30m christmas tree at Liverpool ONE this year, but did you know that you can sit inside sipping gluhwein? The dazzling tree will be surrounded by charming apres-ski huts, where you can dabble in a bit of carol-oke before getting on with some late night shopping – shops are open ’til 9pm.

Address: Outside John Lewis – Liverpool ONE,  70 S John St, Liverpool L1 8BJ

Afternoon Tea & It’s a Wonderful Life at Liverpool Phil


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Liverpool Philharmonic’s Christmas Eve screening of It’s a Wonderful Life has become a bit of an institution for locals. With two screenings at 11am or 2pm, you can combine with breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea with a glass of fizz for the ultimate festive feel-good treat.

Address: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BP


The Snowflake Trail

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The Christmas lights on Church Street will be turned on on 1st December, kicking off the annual Snowflake Trail. The much loved event transforms the city into a festive spectacle, with fabulous light shows, enchanting soundscapes and dazzling work by some of the region’s most exciting artists. A fun activity for young and old alike.

Date: Thu 1 Dec, 2016
Address: Church Street, Liverpool L1

Hannah Frances

Hannah Frances

Hannah Frances is a travel writer and photographer based near Urbino, Italy and is founder of travel site Palette

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