Published: 20 December 2016

5 Christmas events taking place in Liverpool this December

The Royal Liver, the Cunard and the Port of Liverpool Buildings

Christmas is just around the corner, but if you’re in Liverpool this December there are still plenty of festive activities you can enjoy. From the Snowflake Trail to a spot of ice skating, browse through this list to find out what’s going on in Liverpool throughout the Christmas period.

Follow the Snowflake Trail

Until 3 January you can follow the Snowflake Trail around some of Liverpool’s best-known landmarks. Each of the 12 snowflakes that make up the trail have been decorated by a visual artist. To take part, all you need to do is pick up a trail map. You’ll find a list of venues where you can pick up your map on the Snowflake Trail website.

Play the Illumaphonium

If you’re feeling musical this December, head down to the Bluecoat’s courtyard and have a go at playing the Illumaphonium. Created by Michael Davis, the Illumaphonium is a large, interactive musical sculpture. The instrument responds to your touch and is over three and a half metres tall.

If you want to try playing the Illumaphonium, you can do so until 3 January. Here are the playing times:

  • 2 to 21 December: 3pm to 6pm
  • 22 to 30 December: 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: Closed
  • 2 and 3 January: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

See Blackler’s giant Father Christmas

Blackler’s Department Store opened in 1908 and was situated on Great Charlotte Street in Liverpool. Blackler’s was one of the biggest department stores in the country and although the original shop was destroyed during the May Blitz, Blackler’s served shoppers from a number of locations across the city before it reopened again in 1957.

From 1957, Blackler’s became well known for its Christmas grotto and its giant Father Christmas statue. For the first time in 20 years, you can go and see Blackler’s giant Santa in the Museum of Liverpool’s atrium.

Watch A Christmas Carol

This December you can watch Charles Dickens’ great, great grandson – Gerald Charles Dickens – perform A Christmas Carol in St George’s Hall.  As part of his performance, Gerald plays more than 30 characters. Although there are three showings this December at St George’s Hall, tickets are only available (at the time of writing) for the 22 December performance.

Ice skating

As part of the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival, you can skate at Pier Head until 3 January. The ice rink is outdoors, but is covered and has incredible views of the River Mersey and The Three Graces.

The ice rink is open at the following times:

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 8pm (last skate) – Close 9pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11am to 9pm (last skate) – Close 10pm
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