Christmas In Liverpool
From open air ice skating to top theatre, we've got the only ticket to Liverpool you need this Christmas.
Christmas Ice Festival
From November 10, the Christmas Ice Festival returns to Pier Head, just a short walk from Liverpool Lime Street train station. The covered open-air ice rink remains one of the most popular attractions and the penguin skate aids are back to ensure first-time visitors have the best chance of staying on their feet. The UK's largest real ice slide boasts three 30-metre long runs and an accompanying funfair has more white-knuckle rides plus a giant Ferris wheel, Victorian helter skelter, Santa’s Train and spinning tea cups for children. Entry to most attractions is timed so please book online in advance to avoid frozen tears on the day.
Story Time With Santa
If you’re sitting comfortably from December 1, Father Christmas and his good friend Buddy the Elf will share seasonal stories and perhaps lead a sing-song during Story Time With Santa at Liverpool Town Hall. Numbers are limited to 30 children per session so book well in advance.
On December 2, Pier Head becomes a sea of red of blue as thousands take to the streets for the Liverpool Santa Dash. Launched more than 20 years ago, the festive run is one of the biggest 5K races in the UK and is as much fun for spectators as the brightly coloured participants.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has a packed programme of concerts during December to jingle everyone’s bells. Liverpool Welsh Choral sings much-loved carols, singer Gary Williams dreams of a white Christmas as he hosts a seasonal show entitled Let It Snow and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs its annual Spirit Of Christmas concerts in the week running up to Santa’s visit.
Christmas Cinema at St Georges Hall
Luna Cinema takes up temporary residence at St George’s Hall from December 19-23 for a packed programme of Christmas films. Even the grumpiest and grouchiest Grinch will struggle to resist the charms of Yuletide classics including Elf, Home Alone, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Miracle On 34th Street, The Muppets Christmas Carol and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The Snow Queen
Liverpool’s theatres are filled to bursting with laughter and excitement. From November 24, writers Mark Chatterton and Sarah A Nixon will be chilling audiences softly at the Everyman Theatre with the rock’n’roll pantomime The Snow Queen. Expect the title character to be a boo hiss-worthy killer queen as a talented cast plays music live on stage.
A Christmas Carol
Meanwhile from December 8 at the Playhouse, Spymonkey present their hilarious reworking of Charles Dickens’s festive fable A Christmas Carol. Director Ed Gaughan whisks us through Victorian London in the company of three deranged spirits and a menagerie of madcap characters.
Snow White And the Seven Dwarfs
From December 7, the Epstein Theatre quakes in the shadow Kim Woodburn from Celebrity Big Brother as the Wicked Queen in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Directed by Michael Chapman, the cast also includes renowned spiritual medium Derek Acorah and hilarious Britain’s Got Talent star Lewis Pryor.
Jack And The Beanstalk
Over at the Empire, Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas will be putting her best foot forward from December 14 in the fun-filled family pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk. Stand-up comedian John Evans ensures there’s lots of fee-fi-fo-fun in the role of Simple Simon in a production that boasts spectacular special effects and a giant beanstalk on stage.