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What’s on at Christmas in Southport

What’s on at Christmas in Southport

There is so much going at Christmas in Southport from visiting one of Southport’s best tearooms or coffee shops, taking in one of the spectacular Winter Light Trail Events or visiting Santa.

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Our festive day (during Storm Arwen!) included blowing away the cobwebs and following the map (free from The Atkinson Southport ) to follow the Trail of the Trees lighting up the town. This was a really nice free activity and easy to do if you’re just popping into town for the shops too.


We also visited the Luminate Light Trail in Victoria Park. Over the years we’ve visited many light trails but none quite as interactive as this one! Inspired by the lights, ‘Do you believe in magic?’ became the kid’s conversation topic all the way round! 

The trail allowed them to use their imagination and see the magic in each of the displays, from the tiniest fairies hanging in trees to making their own wishes to hang up and playing their own made up game of the ‘floor is lava’ in the dome. It certainly captured their imagination. 

Midway through we stopped off to toast our own marshmallows, you can bring your own or purchase them there for a small cost.The trail runs everyday now through until the 23rd Dec from 4.30-8.30pm  making it a perfect after school adventure and a beautiful place to visit  to bring some light into these long winter nights!

You can also check out our post on the 10 Best things to do in Southport with Kids

and our post on 7 Best things to do in Southport in the rain with Kids

Between adventures we were hosted by The Vincent Hotel to warm up with a hot chocolate and amazing s’mores boards! The kids were in their element! They have always been one of my favourite desserts but even more special on a cold and blustery day celebrating Christmas in Southport.

Luminate ( 25th November to the 23rd December 2021)

A spectacular after dark light trail hosted at the much-loved Victoria Park near the seafront from the 25th November to the 23rd December from 4.30pm each night.

Tickets for the light trail are booked on a starting time slot basis, but you can take as long as you like walking the 1.2 km magical trail.

Tickets for the trail are now on sale, via the website where you can also find more information.

Trail of Trees (27 November to 3 January 2022)

Illuminating your way to Digital Winter Wonderland is the Trail of Trees (27 November to 3 January 2022), with five illuminated trees to be found at key spots around town. For lovers of lights, this free activity combines perfectly with the new Winter Light Trail at Victoria Park. You can pick up a free map at The Atkinson.

Digital Winter Wonderland | Christmas in Southport

Using digital wizardry you’ll be able to decorate a snowman, catch a snowflake and even have a snowball fight. Your group can include up to 10 people, so there is the opportunity to share the magic with your family and friends.

Winter Wonderland tickets are priced based on group numbers, 1-5 is £6 per group and 6-10 is £10 per group and can be booked here.

Gingerbread Family Trail (27th November – 3rd January 2022)

The Gingerbread Family Trail consits of ten Gigerbread figures, that will be hosted by businesses around Southport.  Pick up a map from The Atkinson, a list of other businesses, or download online at  

When you have all ten, post your answers in Santa’s letterbox in Wayfarers Arcade, and you will be entered into the draw to win an iPad!  You can also send your answers to

Cinderella at The Atkinson

You can expect to see some famous faces in this traditional panto with a modern twist; accomplished actress, incredible singer and TV personality Claire Sweeney stars as the Fairy Godmother.

Tickets 2021

Opening NightAll tickets £13. Fri 10 Dec. No group booking discount.

Adult (16+)£18 – £19.

Concessions£16 – £17. Available to Senior Citizens (Age 60+), students, registered unemployed, carers and children under 16. Proof of status required.

Family Ticket£59 – £63. Available for four people, minimum of 1 adult.

Groups of 20+All tickets £14. 1 in 20 go free.

Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 29 December, 2pm.

Where to see Santa in Southport at Christmas 2021

Santa’s Grotto at Wayfarers Arcade

Santa will be in residence on December 4th/5th/11th/12th/18th/19th

£5 per child (includes one present)

Proceeds will be distributed by The Southport Lions Club to charitable causes and organisations based in the local community.

Bookings only via

Frozen Grotto experience at the Wayfarers Arcade.  

Not Santa this time but Anna & Elsa!

December 20-24th

£5 per child (present included)

Proceeds will be distributed by The Southport Lions Club to charitable causes and organisations based in the local community.

Bookings only via

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