Whether you’re looking for fun festive activities to do with the kids or the best winter shopping destinations, check out our 12 magical reasons to visit Liverpool this Christmas.
With less than 50 days until Christmas, it’s time to start planning how you’ll be spending the run up to the most wonderful time of the year.
Let The Shankly Hotel take care of the planning.
The Ice Festival
The amazing ice festival is returning to Liverpool’s Pierhead this year for a frosty occasion that the whole family can enjoy.
The festival will feature a super-sized triple ice slide, a large ice rink, a giant ferris wheel and 50 traditional German market stalls.
The high speed thirty metre ice slide will allow racers to skim along from six metres above the festival as the Three Graces and the Mersey whizz past.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy shopping at a new traditional Christmas market with 50 stalls, three German-style bars and a pop-up Bavarian food court serving up specialities including its famous German sausage cooked over hot coals.
There will also be an amazing Ice Bar, featuring a sub-zero room of crystal clear ice sculptures where even the bar, tables and chairs are carved from real ice.
It’s one of the best places to visit for a perfect Christmas in Liverpool.
Santa’s Christmas Party
This year, Liverpool’s iconic Cunard Building is expecting some very special guests this Christmas.
The real Santa Claus will be paying a visit and bringing his team of helpers to throw the ultimate festive kids party.
Santa’s Christmas Party will feature everything from the Reindeer Ranch where Santa’s four legged friends will be waiting to say hello, the unmissable opportunity to visit Santa himself and his talented team of Elves, have a boogie at the Jingle Bell Rock disco and watch some festive classics at the seasonal cinema.
You’ll also be able to enjoy some delicious food and drink from some of Liverpool’s top restaurants and last but certainly not least, you could win the chance to have your own personal visit from Santa.
Santa’s party guests can look forward to jam-packed celebrations with plenty in store for everyone, it’s the perfect reason to visit Liverpool this Christmas.
Visit the Christmas Markets
Set at St George’s Plateau, the Waterfront and Chavasse Park, this year’s Christmas markets have promised to be bigger and better than ever.
At St George’s Hall there will be over 40 traditional festive style cabins, all decorated with yuletide garlands and frosty, magical lighting, the Christmas markets are always a fabulous treat.
Always buzzing with a warm and merry atmosphere, the markets will offer lucky shoppers a range of delicious German themed hot and cold drinks, tasty snacks and of course bratwurst and gourmet burgers.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without an abundance of craft stalls, selling handmade jewellery, festive decorations, trinkets and unique gifts.
This year there will also be a Windmill bar and children’s rides to keep everyone entertained.
A Festive Afternoon Tea in the Bastion
If you fancy getting cosy with some delicious yuletide food, look no further than The Shankly’s Festive Afternoon Tea.
Set within the beautiful Bastion Bar and Restaurant, celebrate Christmas in style as you indulge in delicate festive flavoured finger sandwiches, sweet treats and mini mince pies. Served with glasses of refreshing bubbly and spicy mulled wine, it’s the perfect treat.
Toast the build-up to Christmas with your loved ones in this stunning setting in Liverpool.
Over the Christmas period, there are plenty of Christmas pantos and plays to keep you and the little ones amused.
From fairytale classics to rock n roll singalongs, you can choose from Aladdin, Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid to name but a few!
Whether you fancy going to the Epstein, Empire, ECHO Arena or the Royal Court, you can get tickets to see your favourites right now.
See the Beautiful Lights
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One of the best reasons to visit Liverpool this Christmas is to see the spectacular festive light display.
You may have missed the official switch on, but there’s still plenty to see and explore around Liverpool One, Castle Street and Bold Street.
What’s a Christmas getaway without some twinkly fairy lights after all!
A Festive Tour
Are you a footy fanatic? Or maybe you love The Beatles?
Check out the amazing Shankly Experience Tours and spend your Christmas seeing the sights of Liverpool.
From tours that are focused on Bill Shankly’s life, to more general football experiences and days dedicated to the Fab Four, you’re sure to find a package to match you.
Perfect for exploring Liverpool during this merry season, these tours are a great treat.
Holidays are Coming!
One of our favourite Christmas events is when the big red, fairy light clad Coca Cola truck visits the city!
It will officially be pulling into Liverpool ONE in early December, so we can all get our selfies in front of it and of course pick up a free can of your favourite fizzy pop.
It’s perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit.
The Best City for Christmas Shopping
Visit Liverpool this year for the ultimate Christmas shopping experience.
Liverpool is renowned for having some of the best festive shopping destinations in the UK, including Liverpool ONE, the Met-quarter and Bold Street.
You’re sure to find the perfect gift, whether you’re looking for something truly unique and boutique, or a bit flashy and designer.
The Shankly Hotel also do an amazing festive shopping offer that features a Liverpool Christmas shopping guide, plus an overnight stay and a 2 course meal, check it out here.
Enjoy the Santa Dash
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Liverpool’s Santa Dash will see the city’s main streets flooded with hundreds of Santa lookalikes, all to raise funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice.
All you need to enter is a Santa Suit and the determination to leg it round Liverpool, fast or slow, it’s up to you.
The entire event will then be topped off with live entertainment and a raffle with some awesome prizes.
The perfect reason to visit Liverpool this Christmas, you’re sure to feel great once you’ve finished the race.
Why not indulge in a delicious Christmas dinner once you’ve finished, guilt free!
See Harry Potter Live in Concert
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is coming to Liverpool for a spectacular live concert.
First released in 2002, the film follows Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Becoming the seventh highest grossing film of all time following its release, this unique showing will bring the film to life with a live symphony orchestra.
Prices start from £28, it’s sure to be a magical filled evening.
Relax and Rejuvenate at Morgan’s Spa
The last reason you should visit Liverpool this Christmas is to discover the amazingly tranquil Morgan’s Spa.
Set within the luxurious 30 James Street Hotel, this spa is the ideal place to unwind and relax as you prepare for the hectic festive period.
They offer a range of different treatment options, including couple’s massages, rejuvenating body wraps as well as a wide range of beauty treatments and facials.
Morgan’s Spa also features a ‘spa pool’ which is an incredible 40 sq ft hydrotherapy pool ideal for relaxing and washing your troubles away.
Book a Stay at The Shankly for Christmas
The best place to spend Christmas this year, The Shankly Hotel is a luxurious hotel set in the heart of Liverpool city centre.
Bringing a touch of luxury to the festive season, our spacious rooms feature opulent fittings, unique furnishings and Jacuzzi baths.
Take a well earned break from the hustle and bustle and spend a rejuvenating overnight stay at The Shankly.
Sink into a deluxe double bed for a heavenly night of rest and top it all off with a soak in your very own whirlpool bath.
Whether you join us for a day visit or an overnight stay, our dedicated team will ensure that you have the most unforgettable experience.
Especially for the festive season, we’ve got some brilliant Christmas offers that are the perfect treat.
From shopping guides with overnight stays, to festive afternoon tea and party offers, you’re sure to find one that suits you.
To book a stay at The Shankly Hotel this festive period get in touch with our friendly team today and visit Liverpool this Christmas.