The Best Christmas Events Near Liverpool

The festive season is finally upon us, which can only mean one thing… avoiding all your looming deadlines, in favour of visiting every Christmas market, event and night out in the country. Whether you fancy a mug of mulled wine at the markets, ice skating, or a Christmas craft fair, there will be something nearby for you! Trying to decide which events to prioritise can be quite tricky, so we thought we’d share the best Christmas events near Liverpool for you to check out this Christmas.

1. Liverpool Christmas markets

Christmas markets outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool
Source: Liverpool Echo

The obvious choice if you’re looking for some festive fun, is the Christmas markets outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool. Described as ‘the perfect mix of local food, drinks and craft traders offering the very best in a wide range of delicious treats and seasonal delights.’ What more could you ask for? The market has activities for everyone, old and young, whether you’re looking for somewhere to take visiting family, or simply somewhere new to try for a festive drink after a day in library. The market is running until the 23rd December, so make sure you pay a visit before you go home for Christmas!

2. Costa del Scouse Christmas Special

Costa del Scouse Christmas Special
Source: Explore Liverpool

For those looking for more of a crazy night out vibe, Camp and Furnace have your back. With tickets sold on Skiddle, the event promises to help you forget the winter blues, with a Benidorm holiday themed night out! Second release tickets are currently on sale for £9.90, while third release will eventually be £12.10 for the event on 22nd December. If this sounds like it’s your friend group’s ideal night out, head down to the Baltic Triangle for some festive fun this Christmas.

3. The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Lanterns at Chester Zoo
Source: Liverpool Echo

For any animal lovers, Chester Zoo is the perfect day out anyway, let alone when they add a festive lantern trail. This could be the ideal evening trip for you and your flatmates, if you’re looking to get into some of the more wholesome Christmas festivities in the area. Described as a spectacular wonderland, the Lantern trail is running until the 23rd December, with Adult tickets at £13. Getting to Chester Zoo is relatively easy from Liverpool, simply get the Merseyrail from Liverpool Central station to Chester, and then the X1 bus to Liverpool for 11 stops to the main entrance of the zoo.

4. Liverpool Cathedral Winter Arts Market

Liverpool Cathedral Winter Arts Market

Nothing gets the festive spirit alive like a winter fair! And the Anglican Cathedral is really delivering this year, with their market full of crafts, artisanal food and gifts this weekend. The fair is running Friday and Saturday this weekend (3rd and 4th December), with tickets to get in sold on Eventbrite. Children can go free, while anyone over 16 needs to buy a ticket for £5.

5. Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets
Source: Visit Manchester

If one Christmas market isn’t enough for you, why not hop on the train to Manchester to experience the wonders of their world-famous market? Sip a hot chocolate from a limited edition 2021 mug, while strolling around the city’s collection of craft and food stalls. You could also do a bit of Christmas shopping while you’re there, making the most of the Arndale centre and its surrounding department stalls!

6. Liverpool Ice Festival

Liverpool Ice Festival
Source: Liverpool Echo

For something a bit more adventurous, why not check out Liverpool Ice Festival at the Pierhead, where you can ditch coursework stress in exchange for ice skates. At £13 for 45 minutes skating, the Ice Festival seems like the perfect cute Christmas day out. To make a full event of the day, why not book tickets for the Festival’s Ice bar, or simply enjoy a drink in the Alpine bar. With plenty of festive food and drink to offer, you certainly won’t go hungry at the Ice Festival.

7. Bar Hütte

Bar Hütte
Source: Visit Liverpool

You may have noticed that the tree in Liverpool One is not just a big love-heart patterned tree, it is also home to a festive bar. Bar Hütte is an alpine themed bar with individual pods (or hüttes) for your group to join in with carol-oke while sipping festive cocktails! What more could you ask for? For the perfectly cosy christmas night out, book a hütte here.

8. Christmas Party in the Palm House with Elton John

Christmas Party in the Palm House with Elton John
Source: The Guide Liverpool

Not to be dramatic, but this sounds like the ultimate Christmas party that anywhere has to offer! On the 10th December, Sefton Park Palm house opens its doors to an Elton John tribute act and Christmas party. You can also enjoy Funk, Jazz Motown and Disco DJs throughout the night, all with festive drinks, while surrounded by the wonderful setting of the Palm House. Tickets start at £19.51, and you can purchase them here.

9. Candlelight Holiday Special: “The Nutcracker” and More

The Nutcracker Liverpool
Source: Dine

Another Palm House event, expect an intimate a string quartet performance of classical Holiday music, lit by candlelight. For those looking for a more relaxed vibe this Christmas, be certain to check out the musical event, which promises to be safe, comfortable and socially distanced! Taking place both on the 21st and 22nd of December, tickets begin at £20 – book them here today.

10. Royal Albert Dock Light Walk

Royal Albert Dock Light Walk
Source: Liverpool Noise

Finishing off with an event that truly captures the beauty of Liverpool, the light walk at the Docks is the perfect evening out for you and your flatmates before returning home for Christmas. The Albert Dock is stunning at night all year round, but at Christmas it’s magical! If you’re looking for a free yet festive evening out, why not pay the docks a visit and soak in the Christmas spirit. If you want to spice up the trip, then there are plenty of surrounding bars to try, where you can check out the various happy hour deals on offer.

Hopefully, we’ve helped to find the perfect Christmas events near Liverpool to get you into the festive mood until it’s time to go home for Christmas. Whether you’re looking to procrastinate from university deadlines, or simply just want to make festive memories in your favourite city, there’s always so much going on in Liverpool that you’ll never be bored!

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