How To Spend Christmas In Liverpool 2021 | Events, Activities And More

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It’zzzzzz CHRISTMAAAAAAS! Well, not yet. But it is December, AKA the festive season, so why not celebrate?

Take a minute, close your eyes and picture this scene…

It’s a crisp Thursday evening, you’re preparing to wrap up warm in your woolly hat, scarf and gloves, and you’ve left your Winter coat to warm up near the fireplace. 

You pull on your snug, fluffy socks and grab your favourite pair of boots. The key to the door unlocks and you take your first step outside, landing in a pool of icy snow. The refreshing air masks your breath as you stroll to the car. 

The drive is short, and once you exit, you’re immersed in a festive haven of fascination. From the glisten of lights on the majestic Christmas tree, all the way to the delicious smell of roasted chestnuts, this feeling is nothing like you’ve experienced before.

Once you’ve wandered through the wealth of cheery Christmas shoppers, you pay for your first cup of mulled wine and relax near a log fire…that’s it, you’ve made it. Christmas is finally here. 

*Sorry but writing this has automatically made us feel so merry – AHHHHH!

If this is your vibe, you need to check out some of the activities lined up for Christmas in Liverpool!

We’ve come up with the best list of things to keep the Christmas cheer spreading. From experiencing a scouse panto to slipping and sliding along the ice rink, you’re in for a treat with this list. 

Keep reading to find out more!

1. Christmas Shopping

liverpool one shopping during christmas time

We know, we know. Without us letting you know to do some Christmas shopping, you’d probably have forgotten and left it until last minute – right?

If we hit the nail on the head with that one, you’re so welcome.

In all seriousness, Christmas shopping for family members, friends and loved ones is such a special time!

Especially in Liverpool, this remarkable city is littered with shopping areas for you to explore.

Liverpool One

liverpool one sign with people visiting for christmas

Liverpool One is a hugely popular shopping area (over 170 to be exact), which can be found right in the city centre!

It’s home to a plethora of shops which serve many purposes, so it’s kinda faultless when it comes to Christmas time. 

From the staple store – John Lewis – all the way to high street chains such as JD, New Look and Pull and Bear, you’ll never be short of finding presents for all the family!

During the Christmas period, from the 13th December onwards, shops will be open for late night browsing until 9pm. So book a date for some festive fun, ASAP!

The Metquarter

the metquarter entrance in liverpool city centre

Discover exclusive retailers in the Metquarter, Liverpool’s unique shopping experience right in the heart of the city.

This fully covered building is a firm favourite of locals, students and tourists, for its exceptional shops and luxury events it holds. 

Need some jewellery? Say It With Diamonds is a local brand offering a selection of luxurious and bespoke diamond jewellery for all budgets.

Looking for designer wear? The Metquarter is stocked with stores such as Hugo Boss, Cricket and Kurt Geiger. 

St John’s

st johns liverpool

St John’s Shopping Centre has been the home of Liverpool’s shopping since 1969. 

It stocks more than 100 retailers, so don’t expect to leave empty handed…

What makes this place so great is it’s centred around a food court, perfect for picking up a quick meal to fuel the rest of the day!

2. Christmas Markets

christmas in Liverpool markets

Location: St John’s Gardens, William Brown Street and St George’s Hall, L1 1JJ

Of course, we couldn’t really spread festive cheer without including the Liverpool Christmas Market – right?

Situated around St John’s Gardens, William Brown Street and St George’s Hall, this magical experience is not one to be missed. 

With over 40 stalls to explore, treat yourself to some chocolate covered churros and mulled wine, or take a ride on the magnificent ferris wheel.

It’s the perfect place to visit with your uni pals, and it’s suitable for all budgets!

3. Liverpool Ice Festival

ice skating at the ice festival in liverpool

Fancy taking a stroll round Liverpool’s very own Winter Wonderland? If so, you need to visit the Christmas Ice Festival.

Not only is it the perfect festive fun with friends, it’s also a brilliant way to get out of your student accommodation for some fresh air.

Lace up your boots and slip n slide across the covered ice rink. If you don’t feel confident, there’s penguins dotted around the edge which you can use to help keep your balance!

Dare to brave the real ice slide? If so, let us know – we want to try it too!

All of this comes for an entry price of just £13 (what a bargain!).

If you want to have a go on some of the festive rides, they will be an extra small fee.

4. Bar Hütte

friends enjoying a festive drink at Bar Hütte

Right in the heart of the city centre, Bar Hütte is the perfect christmas experience to take your flatmates for 2021. 

Giving off major apres ski vibes, these individual huts are equipped with cosy furniture and even a karaoke machine to get your vocals going crazy!

With all the drinks you can dream of, from a classic Baileys hot chocolate, to a festive cocktail of your dreams, Bar Hütte is a must visit to get you in the Christmas spirit.

5. Bongo’s Bingo

bongos bingo sign in Liverpool

If you’ve never heard of Bongo’s Bingo, and you’re a student in Liverpool, have you been living under a rock?

Forget how you’d usually imagine bingo to be, this experience is on another level. 

It’s a crazy mix of traditional bingo, dance offs and rave intervals, this is an event that is sure to get your hearts racing and voices breaking!

However, this Bongo’s Bingo has a christmassy twist we didn’t even know we needed.

Get your best Christmas outfit on and book yourself onto one of the best Christmas events in the city. 

6. Scouse Sleeping Beauty

scouse sleeping beauty pantomime

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Head to the Liverpool Empire if you want to watch Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, with a slight Scouse twist…

Expect to laugh until your stomach hurts, or even shed a tear of joy or two from the comedic elements within. 

It’s got raving reviews, so why not treat yourself to a trip to the panto?

Tickets start at just a mere £18, the perfect price if you’re looking for cheap festive fun!

7. Enchanted At Knowsley Safari Park

christmas things to do in Liverpool 2021

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Ready to turn your festive season into the magical Christmas you’ve always dreamed of? If so, book a trip to Enchanted at Knowsley Safari Park!

This animal light trail is the ultimate Christmas experience, with music, festive food, tasty treats and a joyous atmosphere!

The light trail begins on the 20th November and will continue all the way up to the 30th December. And adult tickets are only £9 each – bargain!

8. Christmas at Delamere Forest

festive lights

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Okay so Delamere Forest may be in Cheshire, but it’s so close to Liverpool we just had to include it!

When the sun sets, this majestic woodland becomes a haven of illuminations! Be dazzled by the twinkling lights and listen to the seasonal sounds that’ll engulf you as you stroll through. 

There’s even a selection of toasted marshmallows, delicious hot choco’s and spiced winter warmers, the perfect treat! Right?

Prices for adults are £19.50, a little more expensive but totally worth it!

9. Cinderella At The M&S Bank Arena

m and s bank arena

If you’re not all panto’d out yet, why not get yourself to the Royal Albert Dock and book tickets for Cinderella?

Arguably one of Disney’s most popular princesses, Cinderella is a magical character and coming alive in a pantomime is exactly what you need to see!

Expect great songs, dazzling dances and beautiful costumes with this highly rated activity in Liverpool.

It may be ranked as a magical family Christmas experience, but it’s honestly a student’s dream – so get booking now!

From 18th December until 28 December 2021.

10. A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

a christmas carol in Liverpool

Last, but certainly not least, head to St George’s Hall to embark on your very own Christmas Carol journey!

This much-loved classic is being brought to life for the stage, so choose to visit here for an evening full of festivities, live music and performances by talented actors and musicians.

It’s honestly not one to miss, so make sure to book now to avoid disappointment. 

Wow, we’re feeling superrrrr festive, are you?!? We hope you’re now basically booked up during Christmas in Liverpool. If you’re staying in your Liverpool student accommodation this Christmas, why not check out our quick blog on how to make the most of it? It’ll give you a few ideas, other than the ones we’ve listed in this blog, of things to do to keep busy!