Liverpool probably isn’t the first place you think to go at Christmas time (unless of course you are local and want to do some Christmas shopping!), but year after year it’s becoming one of my favourite places to visit at Christmas time, and this year is no exception – this can be attributed to DreamWorks who are opening an exclusive ‘illuminating lantern experience’ at St George’s Hall.
This exciting DreamWork’s exhibition includes characters from the likes of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. According to the visitliverpool site, the exhibition consists of ‘100 spectacular figures and 25 enlightening and memorable scenes’. I won’t give too much more away, but if the giant Shrek peeking out from the top of St Georges Hall isn’t enough to tempt you to go then I don’t know what is!
The famous Ice Festival is also back – which last year was situated on top of Liverpool One, consisting of an ice skating rink, carnival rides and food and drinks stalls galore! Also don’t miss the chance to play on the games stalls around the festival, making it really feel like a carnival – go on hook-a-duck, you know you want to! However this year, there’s an exciting surprise for visitors to the Festival – now having moved to the Pier Head, right in front of the Liver Buildings which are beautifully lit up creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere. The Ice Festival now includes an ice rink and various stalls, but this time an exciting addition of a 45m ice slide – definitely not one to be missed! There is also something for adults, with an exclusive-to-the-festival ice bar (which I personally LOVED).
Although Liverpool’s Christmas markets may not be ‘world famous’, they are certainly something to experience. Conveniently placed right outside St George’s Hall, they will ultimately spread across the whole of Liverpool city centre. The stalls have an array of Christmas goods, from seasonal hot beverages, to traditional German sausages to sweets galore!
The Christmassy locations in Liverpool not only offer a fun day out for people of all ages, with the numerous fairground rides like the carousel, helter skelter and mini roller coaster on top of Liverpool One. The Ice Festival itself offers fun activities like the ice rink, ice slide and the famous Ice Bar – providing fun for all generations!
The Christmas Markets located all across Liverpool Town Centre, from St Johns Shopping Centre to Liverpool One all the way down to the Albert Dock and Pier End – meaning everywhere you go it’s officially Christmas time.
The stalls at the markets not only offer festive themed food and drinks but also handmade memorabilia, from candles, to wooden ornaments to wind-chimes and beautiful flower arrangements. This provides you with the opportunity to buy stuff for yourself and even a Christmas present for a loved one, with that unique charm that the item is a one-off and is unlikely the receiver will have seen it anywhere else (and you won’t have to break the bank to buy it!)
The return of the ‘Snowflake Trail also offers shoppers an exciting treasure hunt style activity. The snowflakes are placed all over Liverpool, similar to the previous superlambananas, yet adding an enchanting Christmas feel to the trail. The snowflakes are ‘decorated by twelve of the region’s most exciting visual artists‘. This trail adds not only a fun activity to add some excitement to your day in Liverpool but also the chance to tweet when you find a snowflake and interact with others in Liverpool who have found it – this as well as the Christmassy feel they add to the city centre.
The Liverpool Christmas celebrations are definitely one to visit this Christmas, with stuff for all generations to enjoy – and the biggest pro, they’re not a million miles away, practically right on your doorstep!