Christmas is just three weeks away and now that Liverpool is in Tier 2 you may want to book a festive family event for you all to enjoy.
From exciting Santa grottos to outdoor magical lantern trails, a drive-through enchanted forest, lake and lights experience and of course brilliant panto shows, there are lots of places to take the family for a winter treat.
Obviously, when travelling to these events, it’s important to go to the attractions’ websites to check if they are open, the events are going ahead and for advice on social distancing restrictions when visiting.
You must also follow the latest government guidelines in relation to coronavirus and the tier you are living in.
So here are 16 Christmas events in Liverpool you can still buy tickets for.
1. Angel Wings
A moving light projection artwork has arrived at Liverpool Cathedral for the festive period.
Located in the Cathedral’s Derby Transept, the installation was created by Luxmuralis, in an award-winning collaboration between sculptor Peter Walker and composer David Harper.
Angel Wings is at shoulder height and the feathers on the wings pulsate and change colour to a curated soundtrack.
When: Throughout December and runs until January 3, 2021. You can visit Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12pm to 1.45pm, but you must book first.
Price: You can head to Liverpool Cathedral to take photos of yourself and your loved ones with Angel Wings in the run-up to Christmas for free but you must book your visit through Eventbrite first.
Liverpool Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool
2. Winter Wonderlight
The Winter Wonderlight in Thornton Hough will launch next month, when Thornton Manor will open its private park and landscaped gardens to the public for the very first time.
Tickets are now on sale for the magical drive-through event which will allow families and bubbles of up to six, to safely follow a trail in their own cars, through the grounds of the Elizabethan house, travelling from zone to zone of spectacular illuminated displays.
When: December 4 until 24, then December 27 until January 3, then January 8 and 9, 2021.
Price: Tickets are on sale through the Winter WonderLight Eventbrite page and are priced at £39.50 per car (holding up to six people)
Thornton Manor, Manor Road, Thornton Hough, Cheshire, Wirral CH63 1JB
3. A Christmas Trail: Holly’s Festive Feast
This feel-good family trail in the park’s beautiful mid-winter gardens solving puzzles to reveal important plans for the party.
You can take a seat and snap your selfies with Holly and her wildlife friends around their spectacular festive table and write your hopes for this festive season to place on Pat’s Wish Tree and add your magic touch to their Christmas craft collage.
You can even buy a children’s party pack to add to the experience which includes an animal mask and colouring pencils, a garden trail sheet and pencil, candy cane sweet treat, Holly the Hare sticker and your own wish tag to hang on Pat’s Wish Tree.
When: The Christmas Garden Trail is running from 10am to 4pm, December 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-24, 25 until January 3, 2021 (including December 28).
Price: Tickets must be booked in advance and entry to the mid-winter gardens is £8 for adults, £6 for a child and free for National Trust members, plus £2 for party packs. Go to tattonpark.org.uk to book tickets.
Tatton Park, Mereheath Drive, Knutsford
4. Festive films at the Everyman Cinema
The Everyman Cinema is hosting a range of festive screenings this Christmas.
Visitors are invited to watch Christmas films throughout December.
Among the festivities are the cinema’s weekly House Party screenings which run on a Friday evening and offers free pizza and beer or wine with every ticket.
These screenings include National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Love Actually.
Throughout December there are more than 20 screenings taking place, of festive favourites from classics like Home Alone and The Polar Express to the much-debated Die Hard.
When: Throughout December
Price: Various, to book visit everymancinema.com.
Everyman Cinema, Metquarter, Victoria St, Whitechapel, Liverpool L1 6DA
5. The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
There are still some tickets left for Chester Zoo’s magical lantern experience.
Visitors will be able to experience The Lanterns again this winter with an after-hours trail in the dark, taking in illuminated wildlife, colourful lanterns and enchanting costumed characters.
Fans will be able to explore 11 fantastical worlds this winter, including the return of the popular “Underwater” world, which will transport visitors to the bottom of the sea.
When: Running until Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
Price: Adult tickets are from £16 and children’s are £13.50, go to chesterzoo.org/lanterns to book.
Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1EU
6. Farmer Christmas at Farmer Ted’s
There are a few tickets remaining for the Farmer Christmas Walking Adventure at Farmer Ted’s farm.
Start your journey within the Animal Barn before checking in to start your Christmas Adventure, you’ll get to walk through Santa’s winter wonderland, see where his elves make all your toys, and even where the elves sleep too.
Santa has been very very busy this year but that won’t stop him from seeing you, so keep an eye out.
Take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, a magical journey down the elf high street with all the fun of Christmas. Children will receive a gift. Along your journey, you will also be able to help Santa by making your very own reindeer food and even decorate your own gingerbread man.
When: December 2 to 23. Slots available from 10.20am to 5pm and 6pm on selected days, although lots of slots are already sold out.
Price: Under one year with present from Santa (excludes reindeer food) £7.50, child £17.75, adult £9.75. You can book online here.
Worrall House Farm, Flatman’s Lane, Downholland, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 7HW
7. Festive drive-in cinema
Adventure Cinema is bringing the UK’s biggest drive-in cinema tour to Aintree Racecourse this Christmas, offering a unique festive experience from the comfort of your car.
Across six days, timeless Christmas classics, cult favourites and recent blockbusters will be shown on a giant LED screen with state of the art technology to transmit sound to your car.
Films being screened include Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, The Muppet Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life, Die Hard and more.
When: December 11 to 17.
Price: From £27.50 per car, limited tickets available.
Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool L9 5AS
8. Santa’s Grotto at The Ice Cream Farm
The Ice Cream Farm is hosting a drive-thru Santa’s grotto this year because of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Families will drive through the Ice Cream Farm’s magical Christmas trail as they search for Santa’s elves.
Each child will be given an activity pack to complete, as well as a Christmas mug filled with their favourite ice cream. At the end of the elf hunt, Santa will be waiting in his outside grotto to give the children a Christmas gift (and maybe even take a selfie or two!)
The experience is entirely Covid secure, as payment is contactless and guests will remain in their vehicle throughout their visit.
When: Running until Thursday, December 24, open from 12pm to 4.30pm on weekdays and 12pm-5pm on weekends.
Price: £10 per child. No booking is necessary, just turn up!
Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9NE
9. Christmas at Imagine That
Imagine That! has been transformed for the festive season with lots of fun activities and crafts to keep the whole family entertained.
In each area, you will find crafts, activities and workshops guaranteed to get everybody in the festive mood.
As previously, visits will be for three hours led by a guide and will consist of 45 minutes in each of our four zones.
Visit the magic reindeer food factory and make a special treat for Rudolph to take home and sprinkle outside your door on Christmas Eve.
Make your own unique glitter sparkle slime and Christmas baubles or magnets to decorate your room and tree and watch the Christmas Science show and make your own pot of the magic snowflakes.
Then head to Santa’s workshop where you’ll pick up your Christmas Eve box and get busy filling it with festive treats including reindeer hot chocolate, candy cane mice and a Christmas lantern illumination. There will also be bingo where everybody gets to leave with a personalised Christmas bauble.
When: From December 3.
Price: Child £14.95, adult £5.95, child under 3 £11.95, babies under 1 FREE. Maximum of two adults per child until further notice. Every visitor must book a ticket. Click here to find out more.
26-32 Faraday Road, Liverpool L13 1EH
10. Santa’s Grotto at Dobbies
One of Liverpool’s most popular grottos is at Dobbies garden centre in Speke, which the ECHO visited a few years ago, and is visited by thousands of children every year.
However, if you are looking to visit this year, we have bad news as the Santa’s grotto at Dobbies in Liverpool is fully booked.
But don’t worry if you are desperate to see Father Christmas at Dobbies, there is still lots of availability at the garden centre in Southport.
Your little ones can explore the enchanted setting, be welcomed by Father Christmas himself and receive a toy of your choice.
When: At the time of publication, there are still sessions available on December 7-11, 14-18 and 22.
Price: £11.99 plus £1 booking fee. You can also pre-book photo souvenirs. You can click here to book your slot.
Bentham’s Way, Southport, PR8 4HX
11. A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol will be the first production at the Liverpool Playhouse since lockdown began in March.
A Christmas Carol will be directed by Gemma Bodinetz in her final production as artistic director of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres.
A money-back guarantee will be offered if performances are cancelled. If an audience member is unwell, they can receive a full refund up until 11am on the day of the performance they are booked to attend.
When: December 4 to 24, 2020.
Price: Tickets are priced from £15 to £35 and can you can buy them here.
Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square, Liverpool L1 1EL
12. Jack and the Beanstalk
Liverpool will welcome a huge Christmas show this December with special measures in place due to Covid-19.
M&S Bank Arena will host a magical panto later this year, 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.
The Auditorium at M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
13. Beauty and The Beast
Beauty and the Beast opens at St Helens Theatre Royal next month.
The Covid-secure Christmas pantomime is still going ahead as planned and will entertain families promising all the high production values and comedy that audiences have come to enjoy from Regal Entertainments shows.
The highly anticipated show is sure to be a popular choice this festive season, especially given the lack of theatre productions this year and audiences craving live entertainment.
Beauty And The Beast replaces the previously announced festive show Cinderella.
Audiences are reassured that St Helens Theatre Royal and the team behind Beauty and The Beast will be fully adhering to social distancing measures and Government guidelines to ensure the safety of theatregoers, venue staff, cast and crew.
When: December 11, 2020 until January 3, 2021.
Price: Tickets from £16 and can be bought over the phone between 10am and 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays or click here to book. Tickets for Beauty And The Beast are being sold as unreserved seats. Theatregoers will then be contacted to confirm seat allocation.
Corporation Street, St Helens WA10 1LQ
14. Royal Court Selection Box
The Royal Court’s most popular regulars will star in this year’s Christmas show.
Despite being ‘a scaled back, socially distanced affair’, it promises to have lots of live music, comedy and fun.
Developed and directed by Stephen Fletcher with additional material, there will be a rotating cast of some of your favourite Royal Court faces taking to the stage.
When: December 11, 2020 to January 30, 2021.
Price: Tickets are priced from £18. You can buy them here.
Royal Court Theatre, Roe Street, Liverpool L1 1HL
15. The Wizard of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road to The Atkinson this festive season, where LHK Productions will whisk you over the rainbow in their wizardly wicked Christmas pantomime, The Wizard of Oz.
Appearing larger than life in virtual reality, the multi-talented musician, Dancing on Ice and Hollyoaks star Ray Quinn as the magical Wizard of Oz.
The fabulous cast also includes the voice of the airwaves, Claire Simmo from BBC Radio Merseyside and Sandgrounder Radio as Glinda The Good Witch, West End star Chris Barton as the Cowardly Lion.
When: December 18 to 31, 2021.
Price: Tickets start from £30 and you can buy them online here.
The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB
16. Aladdin at 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 and 90s girl band Cleopatra’s Yonah Higgins, 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: Running 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.
37 Otterspool Drive, Liverpool, L17 5AL