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How to Spend 48 Festive Hours in Liverpool

How to Spend 48 Festive Hours in Liverpool 1

If you’ll be visiting Liverpool over the festive season, our winter edition of 48 hours in Liverpool is just what you need!

Discover the best of what’s on in Liverpool this weekend and our recommended activities for the ultimate festive stay.

Find yourself swept away by the magic as our world famous city shows off all that it has in store for you…

Day 1 – Exploring, Entertainment & Festive Food!

An Enchanting Winter Walk

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To start your day off right, enjoy a picturesque winter walk along Hope Street and the charming Georgian Quarter.

Liverpool’s two cathedrals sit at alternate ends of the street. And as though that’s not enough, there’s plenty to see and do in between.

Why not stop off for a photograph next to John King’s ‘A Case History’ or for a cosy coffee in one of Liverpool’s top independents?

Undoubtedly one of the most scenic streets in Liverpool, a visit to enchanting Hope Street is a must to get a real feel for the city.

A Festive Visit to The Everyman

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Hilarious duo Adam Keast and Francis Tucker are back in town this Christmas. And they’re well prepared to cause fits of laughter once again!

The Everyman’s Rock ‘n’ Roll panto is best loved for its infectious singing and dancing, unrivalled atmosphere and hugely talented cast.

A fusion of the very best of theatre and pantomime, this year’s production will put a special spin on The Little Mermaid.

One of the city’s most treasured theatres, this Hope Street gem is the perfect stop for next on your list.

Indulge in a Tasty Christmas Meal

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After burning off those calories through walking and laughter, you’ll have certainly earned a bite to eat!

Head back along Hope Street and you’ll find The Quarter nestled away on leafy Falkner Street.

This hidden gem is a local favourite and a spectacular spot for everything from light bites and sharing boards to stonebaked pizzas.

You’ll also have the chance to choose from their impressive Christmas menu, including Pan Fried Fillet of Seabass and the Quarter Festive Pizza.

Not forgetting, you’ll want to top it all off with a tasty dessert. Look no further than the Clementine Cheesecake or Ferrero Roche and Caramel Sundae.

Take a Wander around The Bluecoat

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Heading back towards Liverpool ONE, it’s well worth paying a festive visit to The Bluecoat.

At the heart of the city for 300 years, this beautiful building is a hub of creativity and community spirit.

Browse dazzling displays of visual art, enjoy a special event or simply take a breather in the tranquil garden.

Perfect for discovering some unique Christmas gifts, the Bluecoat is also home to a range of artists and creative businesses.

Time for a Spot of Christmas Shopping

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Discover the best of Christmas shopping in Liverpool with a visit to Liverpool ONE.

Including high-street favourites and top designer brands, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice.

Pick up the perfect Christmas party outfit from leading clothing stores including Topshop, River Island, Ted Baker and Michael Kors.

You’ll also find the UK’s best department stores John Lewis and Debenhams decorated from top to toe with Christmas cheer.

Christmas shopping in Liverpool simply isn’t complete without a visit to the colourful Christmas tree!

Illuminating Liverpool ONE with its vivid and vibrant heart-shaped lights, stop off at the tree for a festive family photo.

And the fun doesn’t stop there! It’s time to warm up your vocal chords…

Sing Christmas Carol-oke at Bar Hütte

After all that exploring, come in from the cold and warm up with a festive drink from Bar Hütte.

Surrounding the Liverpool ONE tree, you can cosy up in your own alpine themed hütte and prepare for a sing-song!

Perfect for a fun day out with family and friends, take to the mic and belt out a Christmas classic in style.

Give Mariah Carey a run for her money as you pick a festive favourite and sip on a delicious Christmas cocktail.

Finish with a Night at Baltic Market

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Uniting Liverpool’s favourite independents, you can’t beat a night of tasty treats and winter warmers at Baltic Market.

Treat yourself to a hot Gin and Tonic, a classic mulled wine and choose from an array of market stalls serving up scrumptious delights.

Whether you fancy ending the day with sweet or savoury, the choice is yours.

After becoming a hit with the locals, Baltic Market is now permanent home to Hafla Hafla’s deliciously deep fried halloumi fries!

You’ll also find Midnight Delivery’s tempting treats, including their loaded bubble waffles and mouthwatering brownies.

 Head Back to Your Cosy Hotel

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After a jam-packed day of festive fun, it’ll be time to unwind and escape the worst of the winter weather!

Head back to the most cosy and comfortable room with a stay at one of Liverpool’s most luxurious hotels.

One of our favourites is the Titanic Hotel Liverpool, which is filled with history, character and opulent features.

Day 2 – Family Activities, Afternoon Tea & Cocktails!

Begin with a Hearty Brunch in Liverpool

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Located just moments from Liverpool’s stunning Town Hall, why not head out for a hearty brunch at Moose Coffee?

Bringing a taste of American breakfast culture to Liverpool city centre, you can count on Moose to serve up something special.

Choose from a fantastically varied menu including their legendarily large pancakes, sweet or savoury waffles and flavoursome sandwiches.

You’ll also want to try their famously light and foamy coffee or refreshing milkshakes, guaranteed to hit the spot and prepare you for the day.

Make the Most of Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

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After a good night’s sleep, take a crisp and Christmassy walk down to the waterfront to Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival.

Perfect for kids both big and small, spend an afternoon of fun as you skate the day away, take a ride on the Ice Jet or brave the breathtaking Ski Jump!

And for those in search of child-friendly entertainment, you can take in the sights from the Ferris Wheel, take a ride on Santa’s Dumbo Ride or breeze down the Helter Skelter.

With a range of seasonal rides to pick from, the whole family can look forward to a day of thrills.

See Dazzling Displays at the Albert Dock

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This year, prepare to be dazzled by an evening visit to the Albert Dock. Arguably the most famous area of Liverpool, this is a must for your list.

Between 5pm – 10pm the grand Dr Martin Luther King Jr building will become the canvas for a spectacular Christmas light projection.

You won’t want to miss this captivating display of intricate designs and magical moments for all the family.

The Albert Dock can be reached by taking a short and scenic stroll from the Pier Head.

See the Castle Street Installations

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When you’re feeling refreshed and ready to head out, take a stroll up to Castle Street and take in the striking architecture.

Find yourself dazzled once again by the twinkling star lanterns adorning the street and casting atmospheric shadows.

Created by Kazimier Productions, this unique display is a visual treat that shouldn’t be missed!

Pay a Visit to Liverpool Town Hall

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While you’re taking a wander along Castle Street, Liverpool Town Hall will be hard to miss!

Make sure you head to the end of the street to catch a glimpse of this exquisite building at Christmas.

See the glistening Christmas tree proudly overlook one of Liverpool’s most historic and picturesque streets.

Treat Yourself to a Christmas Cocktail

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Tucked away just off Castle Street, a winter cocktail awaits you at The Alchemist!

The Xmas Trifle is a festive fusion of Aperol, Appleton Estate and White Chocolate Cream topped with fizz.

Their impressive winter cocktail menu also features the Winter Old Fashioned, Mulled Negroni, Pud and Snow Joke.

What better way to celebrate a spectacular visit to Liverpool?

Finish Your Visit at Liverpool Christmas Markets

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Last but not least, why not finish your 48 hours in Liverpool at the Liverpool Christmas Market?

Situated up in St George’s Plateau, this is the perfect chance to fit in a little more architecture and food glorious food!

Explore the best of Liverpool Christmas Market stalls as you indulge in everything from classic crepes to a hearty Yorkshire Pudding Wrap.

Featuring a range of gift stalls, you’ll also find last minute stocking fillers or a unique gift for someone special.

Our wonderful city is bursting with fun all year round. But we’re sure our guide to the top Christmas attractions in Liverpool has given you plenty of ideas.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Big Liverpool Guide to 48 Hours in Liverpool – the festive edition!

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