10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December

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Hot on the heels of my Comprehensive Guide to visiting Liverpool's Christmas Markets (which you should read if you are looking for an in-depth guide to visiting Liverpool over Christmas), I decided to put together a shorter guide for those looking for a more concise overview of what to do in this wonderful city over the festive period.

If you like this post, also check out 10 Reasons to Visit York in December and 10 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh in December. 

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December

  1. Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival 
  2. FREE Indoor Museums
  3. Liverpool Christmas Markets 
  4. Liverpool Light Spectacular 
  5. Storytime with Santa in Liverpool Town Hall
  6. Elfie Selfie Station 
  7. Visit the Worlds Oldest Grotto 
  8. Walk Through Christmas Tree 
  9. Christmas Floating Cinema 
  10. Dirty Santa Afternoon Tea at Yard & Coop  

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival 

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December  - Ice Skating

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival takes place down by the docks from 13 November 2019 - 5 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day). Entry is FREE and the atmosphere is fantastic with lots of fairground rides, traditional food stalls, a reindeer themed bar, indoor ice skating, a snow slide and more. Find out more here. 

FREE Indoor Museums

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December  - Free indoor museums
One reason I love Liverpool is that there are so many FREE museums. Perfect to hide in for a few hours if the weather takes a turn for the worse! Our favourite is the Museum of Liverpool - so many fantastic hands-on exhibitions and it is really easy too. The World Museum and National Maritime Museum are worth a look too (the Titanic exhibition is brilliant) - most of the museums are down by the docks and within easy walking distance of each other. 

Liverpool Christmas Markets 

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December - Liverpool Christmas Markets

Liverpool Christmas Market is open from 15 November - 23 December 2019. Located on St Georges Plateau, there is lots of festive fun to be had including an Alpine Karaoke Bar, Waffles, Bavarian Sausage, Yorkshire Pudding Wraps, Vintage Fairground Rides, a Ferris Wheel and more. The market opens from 11am daily. 

Liverpool Light Spectacular 

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December - Liverpool Light Spectactular

The Liverpool Light Spectacular on Church Street performs every day at 16:30, 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30 until 26 December. This music and light show is FREE to enjoy and lots of fun. Expect the show to last about 10 minutes and to give you all the festive feels! 

Storytime with Santa in Liverpool Town Hall

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December  - storytime with santa
Credit - Visit Liverpool

Join Father Christmas and his friend Buddy the Elf for a magical storytime in the special surroundings of the town hall. There will be stories and festive sing songs by the fire and sessions are limited to 25 children meaning it won't be overcrowded. Find out more and book here. 

Elfie Selfie Station 

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December  - Elfie Station
Credit - Visit Liverpool
Visit St Johns Shopping Centre between 23 November and 22 December and take your very own FREE elfie selfie. Grab a costume and props and make the most of the festive backdrop before joining in with FREE festive crafts. Find out more here. 

The Worlds Oldest Grotto 

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December  - worlds oldest grotto
Credit - Visit Liverpool

Liverpool is home to the world's oldest grotto which has been delighting children for over 130 years. Located in St Johns Shopping Centre, you can expect amazing displays of fairies, toys, elves, polar bears and more. Find out more and book here. 

Walk Through Christmas Tree 

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December - walk through christmas tree
Credit - Visit Liverpool

Head to Williamson Square and walk through the spectacular 16 ft Christmas Tree (15 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020). The perfect spot for a festive selfie! 

Christmas Floating Cinema

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December - floating christmas cinema
Credit - Visit Liverpool

The Royal Albert Dock will host a festive pop-up floating cinema from 27 November - 10 December. Expect lots of festive favourites including The Grinch, Elf and Home Alone. Find out more and book here. 

Dirty Santa Afternoon Tea  

10 Reasons to Visit Liverpool in December - Dirty Santa Afternoon Tea
Credit - Yard & Coop
We visited Yard & Coop last year and are huge fans! I love their take on festive afternoon tea with a twist. Their Dirty Afternoon Tea includes:
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Parsnip Crisps
  • Bacon Jam
  • Homemade Chicken Gravy 
  • Great Grandmas Stuffing Balls
  • Deep Fried Brie
  • Sticky Sprouts
  • Mince Pies
  • Strawberries & Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Amazing! Find out more and book here. 

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1 comment

  1. One of my New Year's Resolutions is going to be to visit more northern cities and Liverpool is definitely on there, it's been years and years since I last went. Not sure i'll make it for Christmas, but maybe next year!


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