Your own home towns and cities at Christmas time, I’m sure fill your hearts with joy. But, even though I am biased, there’s nothing quite like Liverpool at Christmas. I have spent my whole life oohing and aahing over the cities decorations.
From the traditional tree we have on Church Street, to the hanging lights from building to building. In recent years we’ve had the Liverpool One tree and lights to add to the beautiful decorations too.
But the thing that can make Christmas in Liverpool amazing, are all the pop up events. They stretch right across the city centre, and there’s something for everyone.
Pier Head Ice Festival
The Ice Festival has got bigger and bigger over the years. It’s literally expanded from an Ice Bar and some Live Ice Sculpting, to a whole festival themed around ice. It includes ice skating, an ice slide, the ice bar is back, and there are loads of fair ground rides too.
It is located on Liverpool’s Pier Head, right in front of the Liver Buildings.
You can eat down here, from one of the traditional German stalls. You can grab some winter warmer tipples from one of the bars, there are traditional German hut bars, and there is the Apres Lounge Bar. This bar has a dj, great variety of drinks, and comfy couches to chill on.
The Liverpool Ice Festival is on till the beginning of January, so there’s still plenty of time to come and visit it.
If you want to see my reaction to the Ice Slide, then go watch my pinned highlight on my Instagram profile. Sorry for the screams, but it was epic.
Home Alone Bar, Cains Brewery Village
The owners of Ghetto Golf have expanded their empire, to create for us a Christmas wonder. The building next to Ghetto Golf has been transformed in to a Home Alone themed wonderland.
Being huge fans of the movie, me and Ste had to go check this place out. It’s absolutely brilliant.
There’s free entry in the day time, before 6pm. Then of an evening, there is live music entertainment and an entrance fee.
The time and effort that has gone in to making this place what it is, is incredible. There are small nods to significant parts of the movies, all dotted round the bar. If you go when it’s quiet, then hunting out and describing scene set ups makes for a pretty good game.
St George’s Hall Markets
These markets popped up on St George’s plateau last year. This year they have grown even more in to a well set up market tradition. There’s food stalls, gift stalls and a 2 story bar, perfect for getting a great view over all the markets.
The food from these stalls is delicious. I had a fantastic polish stew, and it was one of the best things I’ve tried. I picked up some cupcakes, and chocolate covered marshmallows.
Before these markets disappear on the 22nd December, I want to go back and get one of the Yorkshire Pudding wraps, and wash it down with a gin. The gin cocktails they have on offer sound amazing.
Christmas In The City
This set up is probably the most festive part of Liverpool. It’s a much smaller scale than the likes of Manchester’s markets, and Winter Wonderland in London. However, they’re much more chilled, and combined in a day with the Pier Head Festival and a trip to the Home Alone bar, you’ve got one epic festive day.
After visiting them all, and some a few times, it has put me in a fantastic, festive mood, feeling all set for Christmas. The Ice Slide is well worth going on, 3 slides for £5 is great! The Home Alone bar is without a doubt worth visiting.
St George’s Hall markets could do with lots of support too, they’re greatly busy, but it would be lovely to see them really bustling one day. They deserve it. Their backdrop is one of the greatest buildings in the city.
So, if you’ve been and visited Liverpool at Christmas, do let me know! What was your favourite part? Or have any of these taken your fancy, and you might squeeze in a visit before the big day?