Liverpool truly is a magical city with plenty of things to do. Even more so at Christmas time. Whether you’re looking to do a spot of Christmas shopping, catch up with friends over a mulled wine or get your skates on at the ice rink, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re in the city or visiting in the upcoming weeks and looking for fun festive activities to keep you busy, check out my list of recommendations.
Liverpool Ice Festival
Situated on Liverpool’s iconic pier head, the Ice Festival is packed with fun fairground rides for all ages, an ice bar complete with ice sculptures and an outdoor ice rink (with penguin skate aides in case you’re a little unsteady on your feet!) And if that doesn’t tempt you then there’s a cosy little lodge where you can sip on a delicious hot chocolate or mulled wine. New this year is the traditional German market stalls and after all that strolling you can tuck into a yummy Bratwurst.
St George’s Plateau Christmas Markets
Speaking of Christmas markets, there’s even more located outside of St George’s Hall. With plenty of craft stalls you’ll be sure to find a lovely Christmas present for a loved one. If you do anything this Christmas, head over to the Yorkshire Pudding Wrap Co stall. Not only does it smell of Christmas dinner, you get a giant Yorkshire pudding filled with gravy, stuffing, your choice of meat (I went for turkey, duh) vegetables and choice of sauce. It was so tasty and totally worth the bits of mint sauce I had stuck in my teeth afterwards…
This festive period you can see a number of shows across a number of theatres in Liverpool. If you’re after laughter, music and lots of special effects then you will need to check Aladdin out at the Echo Arena. Or if you’re after a rock ‘n’ roll kind of Panto this year, then The Little Mermaid at the Everyman theatre is for you. If you’re into a Panto that’s a bit more classic than kooky, then head over to the Liverpool Empire to catch Cinderella this year.
Victorian Christmas Speke Hall
Explore the house and grounds at Speke Hall, as the Great Hall is transformed into a traditional Victorian Christmas. You can listen to carols in the courtyard, try out sugar mice making and enjoy the Christmas storytelling. And if you’re still in need of a bit of Christmas shopping, check out Home Farm for those last minute goodies.
Festive Afternoon Tea
Now I know what you’re thinking, afternoon tea isn’t very festive, usually. But Malmaison have put together a festive afternoon tea menu full of delicious treats such as Christmas cake, mince pies, yule log, a turkey, cranberry and stuffing wrap, as well as pig in blanket brioche rolls. Not to mention it comes with a glass of Prosecc-ho-ho-ho (sorry it had to be done). If that doesn’t get you into the Christmas Spirit, then I don’t know what will.
If you’re heading to Liverpool throughout December, hopefully some of these suggestions will keep you occupied.