Christmas in Liverpool is definitely something to experience. From the decorations to the all round buzzing atmosphere. The Christmas festivities in the city are well under way now. I can’t believe we’re in the week before Christmas.
Liverpool is a city that doesn’t do things by halves, and Christmas time is no exception. There is so much going on, to see and do. I’ve put together this post for you to navigate your way round the city, and get full of Christmas cheer.
Movie Lovers Listen Up
Over the next few weeks there are some brilliant cinematic events happening. The Philharmonic are hosting classic movies with the Orchestra performing the scores live. I have heard that these shows are amazing, I regret not booking any for this year.
Opening today inside St George’s Hall is the Luna Winter Cinema. These special cinema screenings run from today till the 23rd December. They’re showing all your festive favourites. Think Home Alone, Elf, The Holiday, and even The Greatest Showman.
Christmas Markets – St George’s Plateau
Just outside of the cinema experience is this years set up of the Christmas Markets. I can’t believe they have been open for a month already. You can enjoy the stalls and rides here until Monday 23rd December.
The Christmas Market favourites are back for everyone to enjoy. Grab yourself a Yorkshire Pudding Wrap, and a drink from one of the many bars, and enjoy the atmosphere.
I love that this year they have the Gin cart bar, the traditional German style bar, and awesome new Ski Lift style areas to sit in to enjoy your drinks. As well as an awesome tent bar. It’s all so festive, so it’ll perk up the person who still isn’t feeling Christmassy just yet.
New to the plateau this year are the rides. Take in all the views of the market by having a ride on the ferris wheel. There are also some smaller rides for the kids too.
Liverpool Ice Festival
I am so happy to say that the Liverpool Ice Festival is back for another year down on the Pier Head.
Although I am gutted that the Ice Bar hasn’t returned, all the other favourites are down there. The Ice Rink is amazing. Me and Ste were lucky enough to have it to ourselves when we went for a skate. And thank goodness too, it gave us just the right setting to get back in to the swing of skating.
The Ice Rink is great. It’s all under cover, of a night it comes alive with disco lights and great music. There are skating aids for the children, and staff on hand to help you get going – if it’s been a while.
My other Ice Festival Favourite is the Ice Slide. It is £6 for 3 goes, and I guarantee you’ll be laughing harder after each go. It’s so much fun, and such a buzz to whizz down the 30 metre slide.
There are plenty of other thrill seeking rides at the Pier Head, for big and little kids alike. Once you’ve let your stomach settle, definitely grab a bite to eat and drink from down there too. I highly recommend the bubble waffles.
Liverpool Christmas Lights
Liverpool have gone to town on the lights this year, and I love it. I spent an afternoon walking miles round the city centre taking them all in.
Be sure to stroll around the Albert Dock, and see how they have lit up all the pillars. Try and spot (trust me, you can’t miss them), the awesome Liver Birds, and Mermen greeting you at either end of the Royal Albert Dock.
Stroll up through Liverpool One and admire the larger than life Reindeers, huge crawling trees, and the classic love-heart Christmas Tree. Grab a refreshment from Bar Hutte underneath it.
Be sure to head up Church Street, and see the classic Christmas Tree there. And new for 2019 is the Liverpool Light Spectacular on Church Alley (down the side of Lush and Primark). This is new for 2019 and plays a 10 minute light show every hour from 4.30pm – 7.30pm. This is not one to be missed.
Last on the tour is Williamson Square. This year the square has it’s very own walk through tree. Be sure to stop inside and look up for one really cool optical illusion.
We’ve still got a few evenings and a full weekend to explore all Liverpool has to offer on the Christmas front. So if you’re out shopping, or just planning a festive day out before (or after) the big day, then I hope this has inspired you & helped plan it all out.
Have a lovely (and hopefully not stressful) build up to Christmas.