There is so much going on this Christmas in Liverpool 2020 from the Christmas Markets, to Liverpool ONE festivities, to family events and the Ice Festival down on Pierhead!
If you’re looking for Christmassy days out in Manchester and the the surrounding area this festive season, why not take a look at some of the suggestions in this post.
Liverpool Ice Festival
We took a visit to Liverpool Ice Festival last year and it is back this year from 9th November 2019 – 5th January 2020.
The ice rink, ice slide, Christmas markets and outdoor German style bars are back on the waterfront with the backdrop of the world famous Three Graces. This year there are even more rides, including a new children’s rollercoaster. There are also plenty of options for food and drink. The Apres Lodge can fit up to 80 people in a warm and family friendly atmosphere. Snuggle up on the big relaxing sofas with a hot drink or mulled wine, and tuck into hearty food served up in the comfort of the indoors. Or head to the Bavarian Food Court to find a range of delicious food from a traditional German Bratwurst to freshly made crepes with plenty of toppings to choose from. Tuck into a tasty hog roast or simply grab a hot chocolate, coffee, tea or mulled wine.
The all weather ice rink is open for all ages and abilities, from beginners to experts. If you need a helping hand you can reserve a handy penguin skate aid. Check out opening times and ticket prices here.
It was a very busy Sunday afternoon when we went so perhaps follow my advice from a couple of years ago about Ice Skating in Liverpool and head to the Ice Skating early evening when it’s quieter.
Last year my three loved the Ice Slides. I think because they were a little older and braver than our previous visit. The guys at the top spun them when they set off and they screamed with delight all the way down!
— minitravellers (@minitravellers) December 4, 2018
Book online before you head into town, that way you know you can slide.
Wear hats and gloves and coats that cover you bottom! Jeans or at least long trousers also a great idea.
Monday – Sunday: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Christmas day – Closed
Admission – 3 slides …………………………………………………… £6.00
Price is based on 3 rides down the slide. There are 3 runs to choose from so take your pick! The slide is open to adults and children but due to the height of the slide, children must be over 60cm tall (1.9ft or 0.6metre) to ride down the slide alone. Children under 60cm tall can ride on an adults lap and only one ticket is required.
For further details, visit www.icefestivalliverpool.co.uk
Jack and the Beanstalk
M&S Bank Arena will host a magical panto in 2020, Jack and the Beanstalk, with special measures in place due to Covid-19.
The show, which will run at The Auditorium at M&S Bank Arena, will star Leanne Campbell, Jake Quickenden and comedy favourite Bippo.
Bringing all the usual family fun, the panto will also feature social distancing and several other changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
When: December 18 to 27, 2020.
Price: Tickets start from £18 to £30. Go to mandsbankarena.com to book tickets.
Cinderella in the Parking Lot!
The Parking Lot Social panto comes to Liverpool John Lennon Airport as part of their Winter Festival.
A new 2020 drive-in version of panto classic Cinderella will be performed with all the essential elements that make the tale so special, as well as a few twists unique to the special drive-in format.
The specially written show has song and dance routines a-plenty, audience participation galore and a script that takes a light-hearted dig at some of the challenges thrown up by this strangest of years.
When: December 12 and 13.
Price: Tickets are priced from £41.46- £51.66. For tickets, live updates and information visit The Parking Lot Social website.
Horrible Histories present Horrible Christmas
Enjoy a new tale from Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, who will present two amazing performances of Horrible Christmas, as part of Car Park Theatre events.
Horrible Christmas is the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today, enabling families across the UK to enter into the festive spirit in a safe, socially distanced manner, from the comfort of their own car.
The story tells the tale of Christmas coming under threat from a jolly man dressed in red. Then it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas?
From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, it’s a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season.
When: December 28 at 2pm and 4pm
Price: £45 per car plus £2.50 booking fee applies. Go to carparkparty.com to book.
Otterspool Magical Christmas Experience
Enjoy up to three hours of magical activities plus unlimited play on the ice rink and attractions at Otterspool Adventure.
Watch classic pantomime Aladdin starring LFC legend Bruce Grobbelaar as the Genie, visit Santa in his grotto and receive a gift, make a bear with Santa’s elves, take part in gingerbread decorating and enjoy story time with Mrs Claus.
Little ones can also visit Santa’s toy shop to choose their own gift and you can also add breakfast with Santa too.
When: From November 28 until December 20 with slots at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
Price: Prices vary depending on date of visit, but start at £25 per child and £12 per adult. You can add breakfast with Santa to your ticket for an additional cost. Otterspool Adventure members get 10% off ticket prices. Click here to book tickets.
Where to see Santa in Liverpool in 2020
Festive experiences and trips to see Santa are popping up all around so where can you see Santa in Liverpool in 2020. You can read our list here.
Liverpool ONE’s iconic 30-metre Christmas tree will light up the city centre again this year, for the 6th year running, and it is expected to attract thousands of people from all over Merseyside. The date for the 2020 Liverpool ONE Christmas switch-on has yet to be confirmed but keep an eye out on https://www.liverpool-one.com/events/ for more details.
Christmas Markets 2020
Liverpool’s Christmas Market returns to St George’s Plateau against the backdrop of the magnificent St George’s Hall. From 13 November 2020 to 23 December 2020