As Christmas (the most wonderful time of the year) is just around the corner, we’ve decided to provide you with a list of the best & most affordable (often FREE) things to do in Liverpool as an LJMU student to get you in the festive mood… well, ring-a-ding-ding!
Liverpool’s Christmas Market at St George’s Plateau
> Markets until December 22nd
> DreamWorks Lights show – Thurs 26th Nov — Sun 15th Jan 2017
> Price: FREE
Liverpool’s Christmas Market is bigger and better this year and has a new stunning location outside St George’s Hall which will be at the heart of the city this Christmas with thousands of visitors set to flock to the spectacular lantern parade and to the dozens of market stalls that will be set up outside. The new location has been chosen so the festive Christmas market can complement the UK premiere of the DreamWorks Lights show — a lantern extravaganza featuring characters from the blockbuster films of Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Madagascar, which St George’s Hall will be hosting from TOMORROW (26th Nov)! The magical market will operate from 11am-9pm daily, and 11am-5pm on Sundays until Thurs, December 22nd, and will feature more than 40 stalls selling food, arts and crafts from across four continents. (Get us there now!)
Scouse of the Rising Sun at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre
> Monday 25th Nov – Saturday 14th Jan
> Price: FREE tickets for LJMU students Mon 28th & £5 tickets available for LJMU students only on Tues 29th & Weds 30th November (general public tickets range from £13-15 per performance!)
Liverpool’s Royal Court Christmas show is back! More gags, more songs and more silliness! This Christmas join the fun at the Royal Court for a holiday of a lifetime. The gang are off to the Far East in search of a Great Wall and the way they’ll find plenty to keep them (and you) entertained. The Royal Court Theatre is definitely one of our favourites. Why not splash out and pay £10 for a delicious meal beforehand and bag the best seats in the house?! £10 in total for a meal and a show this Monday night – you can’t go wrong! The Royal Court Christmas show is an annual fun-fest that has had audiences laughing and singing along for the last seven years so get merry and join the festive fun!
Independent Liverpool & Liverpool SU’s Street Food Fest at the Great Baltic Warehouse
>Thurs 1st December 4pm – 11pm
> Price: £2.50
Much to our delight Liverpool SU have teamed up with the fabulously popular Independent Liverpool (say whaaaat?!) As we all know, Independent Liverpool are the city’s resident experts on Liverpool’s best, coolest, and newest venues, cafes, and bars. If you love, food (who doesn’t?!) then join us this Thursday December 1st at the Great Baltic Warehouse (32 Greenland Street) to fill your boots at this scrumptious Street Food Fest. ‘Free State Kitchen, Meet Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, Little Furnace, Evil Eye – Beer & Burrito Shack and Ital Fresh’ are just a few of the mouth-watering food vendors that have been announced so far. As well as having tons of tasty food stalls there will be live music, DJ’s such as our favourite bingo legend Johnny Bongo (88) and a Winter Garden to explore! Oh AND you’ll get a ticket for £2 off your first drink on arrival… Not got a ticket? At £2.50 it would be rude not to…
Winter Arts Market by Open Culture at the Anglican Cathedral
> Sat December 3rd 10am – 7pm
> Price: £2 entry + children under 16 free
If you’re looking for unique Christmas gifts this year, look no further as Merseyside’s largest arts and crafts market, the Winter Arts Market will return for an eighth year on Saturday 3 December 2016. Staged this year in the breath-taking surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral the market will see this incredible space, one of the most beautiful in the city, transformed into a bustling independent shopping experience. ‘Featuring work from more than 200 of the region’s best artists, designers and makers – from paintings and jewellery to screen-prints, Christmas decorations, cards, photography, home wares, glassware, textiles and handmade beauty products’. There will also be a vintage fair and food fair downstairs. (Seriously, can this get any better?!)
The Star at the Playhouse Theatre
>Tues 9th December – Sat 14th January
>Price: £5 a ticket for LJMU students
The Playhouse Theatre will soon open it’s doors for us to join them at ‘The Star’ this Christmas to have a right old knees-up, laugh, cry and apparently to be ‘dazzled and amazed by the most splendid show ever!!?’ Think we best give this one a go which will be starring Liverpool’s much loved Michael Starke (better known as Sinbad off Brookie round ‘ere). Sing along to Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way, The Old Bull and Bush, The Boy I Love Is Up In The Gallery and many more! This isn’t one to miss. With tickets selling for up to £30, call the Playhouse on 0151 709 4776 to reserve your £5 LJMU ticket now. Don’t say we don’t treat you! (Lucky things).
Big Band Wonderland at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
> Saturday 10th December -& Tuesday 13 December @ 7:30pm
>Price: Tues 13th December – 2 x FREE tickets for all LJMU students
> Sat 10th December – £7 per person (up to £42 for general public!)
‘There’s a reason why they call this the most wonderful time of the year! Vocalist Gary Williams – back by public demand after his knockout performance at New Year 2015 – hosts the most stylish Christmas party Liverpool’s ever seen’. You will have the pleasure to listen to Gary and the biggest band in town performing Christmas classics such as ‘Let It Snow,’ ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,’ ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and many, many more to get you in the Christmas spirit!
Christmas Classics Concert at the Anglican Cathedral
> Friday 16th Dec 7:30pm – 9:30pm
> Price: Adults £12, children £6
There’s nothing better than a concert full of seasonal songs and carols to make you feel that all important extra little bit Christmassy leading up to the big day. Oh wait… actually maybe this time it does get better as the concert will be held at the breathtakingly beautiful Anglican Cathedral! Don’t miss this wonderful evening of songs sung by the combined voices of St. Edmund’s Choir from Waterloo and the Wirral Community Choir.