Winter; a time for wrapping up warm, eating a little too much and spending time with family. There are some amazing things going on in and around Liverpool this festive season and beyond, so we’ve rounded up a mix of fun things to do with your family this Christmas and in the new year, because in the wise words of the Grinch- “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
> When: Saturday 16th December at 11:30am
> Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
> How much? FREE for LJMU students
It isn’t often you get the chance to sing along with a full symphony orchestra, and the fact they’re performing Christmas songs that both children and adults know and love… well that’s just the icing on the Christmas pud! If that isn’t enough, rumour has it that Saint Nic himself will be making an appearance, and one hour prior to the performances, kids can test their own skills out on an array of instruments at the ‘Instrument Petting Zoo.’
> All Year
> Where: Tate Liverpool
> How much? FREE for LJMU students & Children under 12
The Tate Liverpool is a haven for all things weird and wonderful, and that’s the same for family friendly activities. This December and throughout all of next year, the Tate have some great events for you and your little Picassos. From family takeover days, where children can explore and make their own art in the galleries, to their regular ‘playing up’ sessions where families team up together for an interactive adventure around the gallery, you’re sure to find something to get the whole family inspired at the Tate. LJMU students also get 10% discount at the gift store, which is perfect for getting those creative Christmas cards that you can guarantee no one else will have!
> When: November 17th – January 7th
> Where: Liverpool Peir Head
> How much? Concession for Students and Children Under 12
Liverpool Ice Festival is back and better than ever. The Pier head has been transformed into a winter wonderland with something fun to do everywhere you turn. Strap on your skates and go for a spin around the ice rink, and have a race down the huge real ice slide. There is also a children’s roller coaster and a large array of Christmas market stalls where we’re sure you’ll be able to find enough food and drink for a festive feast.
> When: November 16th – January 9th
> Where: Museum of Liverpool
> How much? FREE
What could be better than visiting Santa Claus at Christmas? How about visiting a 16 foot Santa with size 45 boots! Originally made in 1957 for Blackler’s department store, this giant santa has been faithfully restored to spread his Christmas cheer for a whole new generation. Whether you’re taking a trip down memory lane, or introducing the little ones to this jolly giant, This Santa Claus is sure to be a big start to your Christmas season.
When: Saturday 25th November to Saturday 20th January 2018
Where: Everyman Theatre
How much? £10-£30
If I asked you for some classic pairs throughout the ages, you’d probably think of things like Tom and Jerry, Movies and Popcorn and milk and cookies. Well we’ve got a new classic to add to your list: Rock ‘n’ Roll and Pantomime. The Everyman is back once again with another festive treat, this time bringing you The Little Mermaid. Whether you’re dancing, singing along to the live band or jumping out of the way to avoid a soaking, we’re sure it’ll get you in the festive mood in the most unconventional way ever!
When: 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th of December
Where: Speke Hall
How much? FREE event (there may be admission charges)
Speke Hall is a beautiful and grand Tudor home that is transformed into a Victorian winter wonderland over the Christmas period every year. Take a trip back in time with your family as you wander around the Christmas trails, listen to carols and even have a go at making your very own sugar mice! Of course, Santa will be taking time from his busy schedule to make an appearance too, so wrap up warm and head down to Speke Hall this winter for a Christmas experience like no other.