The best things to do in Liverpool this Christmas
Home Alone themed christmas bar | Nightlife
Opens 5 December @ Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope Street
From the team that brought you the one and only Ghetto Golf Liverpool comes a startlingly innovative Christmas-themed bar based on the ‘Home Alone’ films of the nineties, starring Macaulay Culkin. Customers have been promised a ‘sequence of Christmas living rooms, a festive cocktail menu, Sinatra remixes, gigantic Christmas trees and every Christmas decoration possible’, while widespread national media coverage should ensure an excitable and, no doubt, very trendy crowd of revellers. We can only hope that the establishment foregoes the temptation to recreate Kevin McCallister’s booby traps. Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!
The Snowman | Film/Music
Saturday 23 December at 5pm & 7.30pm @ Liverpool Cathedral
Here’s another production which is likely to enthral and delight music lovers of all ages, whilst offering a chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Liverpool’s historic cathedral. The shows will include a screening of the two much-loved ‘Snowman’ films, together with a fully orchestrated performance of Howard Blake’s original soundtrack and a rendition of the wonderful Christmas tearjerker, ‘Walking in the Air’, by a local child soloist. Carrot Productions toured ‘The Snowman’ last December to considerable critical and popular acclaim and the shows featured prominently in The Guardian, Sunday Times and Telegraph’s round-ups of recommended things to do at Christmas. Don’t miss out!
A Christmas Carol | Theatre
12 December at 7.30pm @ The Capstone Theatre
If there’s one book that encapsulates the true magic and spirit of Christmas, it’s Dickens’ timeless classic of the miserly Scrooge and his ultimate transformation from out and out rotter to virtuous benefactor. This new dramatisation of the story, faithfully adapted by Laura Turner and performed by the celebrated Chapter House Theatre Company, mixes traditional period detail with songs, dance routines and an original musical score to create a sense of both haunting dread and wide-eyed wonder. Highly recommended for adults and children alike. Tickets from £10 to £15.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle | Film
Released on 20 December
It wouldn’t be Christmas time without a blockbuster film release at the cinema, and this year there’s an action-packed helping of adventure thanks to this ‘Jumanji’ reboot. With a cast led by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ follows four teenagers in a school detention who stumble across an old video game console and, when they turn it on, find themselves being sucked into the game. It’s surely a must-see for fans of the 1995 original starring Robin Williams, in which two kids enter the world of a magical board game.
Christmas Markets | Market
Until 22 December @ St George’s Plateau outside St George’s Hall
With over 40 festive style cabins offering everything from crepes and cupcakes to gourmet burgers, roasted chestnuts and craft stalls reflecting products from across four continents, Liverpool’s perennially popular Christmas markets will, once again, offer harassed shoppers the chance to unwind with some food and drink whilst browsing for gift ideas in a charming, seasonal environment. Now in its 12th year, a brand-new Windmill bar offering a wide range of beers, mulled wine and other festive drinks, is set to make a welcome addition to one of the highlights of the shopping year. See you down there! The market is open 11am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday.
Cinderella | Theatre
16 December – 7 January @ Liverpool Empire
What better way to celebrate the onslaught of another festive season than with a good old fashioned, traditional family pantomime at one of Liverpool’s most renowned and prestigious theatres? Starring former boy band star and ‘Hollyoaks’ actor Duncan James as Prince Charming, comedian John Evans as Buttons and reality TV star Jodie Prenger as the Fairy Godmother, ‘Cinderella’ continues to exert an enduring sense of magic and wonder upon the imagination of adults and children alike. With a winning formula of music, comedy, special effects and costumes galore, this production looks set to inspire a new generation of fans and provide a true winter treat.