Music, sport and pop culture pilgrims are very welcome in the vibrant and popular city of Liverpool.
There’s so much going on this Christmas in Liverpool. This year, Liverpool ONE's ginormous tree is back - 30 metres tall, complete with 280 heart lights and bringing magic to the city every day with stunning light shows and musical numbers that the whole family will love.Visit the alpine themed Bar Hütte under the ginormous tree for a warming drink after a day of shopping. There are 10 huttes available (6 are available for reservations), which are carol-oke, disco and apres ski themed.
Come and meet Shrek, Alex, Po and friends at DreamWorks Lights this Christmas, encompassing over 100 spectacular figures of your favourite characters and 25 enlightening and memorable scenes based on three major DreamWorks feature film productions – Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. This illuminating lantern experience is arriving in the UK for the very first time and opens at St. George’s Hall on Saturday 26th November, running through until Sunday 15th January. Buy your tickets here.
Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival
Everyone's favourite Ice Festival returns for another year! Join in this winter for the return of the enchanting Ice Festival at the new venue of Liverpool's Pier Head, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland.
Grab your skates! The open air Ice Rink is the ideal destination for some winter fun. Don't worry; if ice skating isn't your forte, there's some handy penguin skate aids to help you glide a little more gracefully across the rink! Open to over-3s.
Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival is proudly home to the UK's largest ever real Ice Slide! This year the fun has been supersized with an extra run, so there's three super speedy 30m runs, 6m above the park. Experience the buzz of skimming along at an exhilarating pace, while taking in the whole view of the Ice Festival (tip: it's prettiest in the evening!).
From 1 December – 3 January, Liverpool city centre will be transformed into a festive spectacle by the return of the Snowflake Trail; the city’s very own winter festival of spectacular light and sound that will capture the imagination of young and old alike. Read the story specially created for you to follow the trail to find sculptural snowflakes and see local landmarks transformed by dazzling lights, swirling soundscapes and interactive illustrations.
Now in its 11th year, Liverpool's Christmas Market is to have a spectacular new home outside the iconic St George's Hall. Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mistletoe, mulled wine and many more festive fancies as Liverpool’s Christmas market moves to St George’s Plateau.
Boasting a recent award-winning rebuild, Liverpool's famous 'for the people' theatre stages productions throughout the year, ranging from daring takes on Shakespeare to modern greats such as Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale. Julie Walters, David Morrissey and Jonathan Price are among the stellar talents to tread the boards over the years. With two bar and restaurant areas and regular live music, the Everyman is a night out in itself and something that should be a priority on your ‘things to do’ list. Don't forget the Liverpool Playhouse, the Everyman's sister theatre for more classical fare.
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There are so many things to do in Liverpool. If you love real ale or craft beer, the city’s beautiful Georgian Quarter – all university buildings, old pubs and period townhouses – is the place to go. There are half a dozen excellent pubs on these streets and most provide a range of local brews, irresistible cheap eats and frequent live music. Peter Kavanagh’s, The Belvedere and Ye Cracke are popular choices, but The Caledonia is possibly the best of the lot. Commended by CAMRA, The Caledonia is a great pick-me-up in between sight-seeing or a place to finish the day with a pint and live music.
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Liverpool’s Chinatown, extending beyond its eye-catching arch into cosmopolitan Berry Street is a vibrant area packed full of bustling bars and street-food hang-outs.Eat Italian, Japanese, Chinese - or even Spanish at the newest eatery on the block. Roja Pinchos takes its cue from the Iberian style of eating street food on skewers. Choose from a buffet-style menu that changes every day, delight in the hearty flavours packed into delicate morsels, tot up your skewers and pay accordingly.
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Rub shoulders with students, bohemians and artists at Mowgli, the newest addition to Bold Street - Liverpool’s alternative shopping area. It’s run by authentic 'curry evangelist' Nisha Katona and offers tapas-style Indian street food with the X-factor, including yoghurt bombs that explode with flavour when popped in the mouth and crackling, spicy gunpowder chicken. With its exposed-beam and tattooed-staff ambiance, it's one of Liverpool's top attractions if you’re looking for the coolest places to eat.
Head up to Liverpool’s Ropewalks area for the best independent shops, the most innovative restaurants and the trendiest bars in the city. Visit for the live music, events and markets. Take in FACT, a museum dedicated to new media and art. Or just go for the bustle of a resurgent city in its alternative shopping area - Bold Street. Just 20 years ago the area was mainly derelict: now it’s a thriving hub for Liverpool’s artists, artisans and caffeine fiends. Try Bold Street Coffee and Leaf for the best examples of Liverpool’s popular cafe culture.
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Realise your dream of being an astronaut (and don't pretend you didn't!) at Liverpool's amazing and incredible space travel experience. Take the kids and try to remember that you're a grown-up!
Liverpool Cycle Tours
If you are keen to explore the Liverpool sights whilst burning calories and lowering your your carbon footprint, Liverpool Cycle Tours offer a great way to get around and provide a bike free of charge for the duration of the tour! www.liverpoolcycletours.com
If you start humming the Gerry and the Pacemakers classic at the mere mention of the Mersey Ferry then you must go on it to get it out of your system!Buy tickets