The Christmas Countdown: 12 Ways to Get Festive


 It may be an unearthly temperature, and that 9am seminar may be becoming increasingly difficult, but Christmas – believe it or not – is only around the corner. Just because you’ve lost the circulation in your toes due to that inefficient radiator in your room, it doesn’t mean that you have to be a Scrooge. From Christmas vintage fairs to all the best nights out; Ellipsis’s 12 Ways to get Festive in Liverpool will soon get you in the Christmas spirit.


  1. Constellations Live Winter Series: Launch Party:

When: 1st December

Time: 18:00pm – 0:00am

Price: FREE

If you’ve bought too many meal deals this semester, this event is perfect because it’s free all night. Get cosy with Constellations and unwind with your free mulled cider on arrival. With an intimate Winter bar and special performances from Melodic Distraction and South London, Constellations offer a chilled night of music in the genres of funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz. The best way to kick off your start to December.

15037160_10154920618723641_2898668042782526962_n2. Street Food Festival

When: 1st December

Time: 16:00-23:00

Price: £2.50

If you’re struggling to retain heat, a day of stuffing your face may certainly do the trick. We all know the best part of Christmas is the food, so why not enjoy Liverpool’s independent food traders for the day; it’s got to be better than your average pasta night. Take a walk through the winter garden whilst indulging in the free samples. Ultimately, a day full of food and music is always one to enjoy.


3. Christmas Vintage Fair

When: 3rd December

Time: 11:00-16:00

Price: £2 entry

Whether or not you actually require another checked shirt, you might as well pop in to the Crypt for a browse whilst doing your Christmas shopping. With vintage items from the 1940’s, you might be able to find that nostalgic stocking filler for your Gran that you’ve been hunting for. Plenty of denim and plenty of unique gifts that won’t go over your weekly budget. Just be sure to get there early before the best stuff goes!


4. Winter Arts Market

When: 3rd December

Time: 10:00-19:00

Price: £2 entry

If you can brace the cold walk to the cathedral – or fancy a bit of procrastination –  there’s a lot going on this year at the Winter Arts Market. With another vintage fair, paintings and jewellery on offer; you’re bound to find something to spend your money on. You can even grab a hot drink for your walk back to the bus stop. Besides, creating your own Christmas presents is always a cheap alternative. Or perhaps you could just Instagram the cathedral if you’d prefer.


4. Coca Cola Truck

When: 4th December

Time: 12:00-20:00

Price: Free

It’s that time of year again where you simply cannot escape that giant red truck. It’s on the TV, and now it’s coming to your city. Head down to Williamson Square on Sunday to see the nation’s favourite vehicle; if that’s actually a thing. You never know, that ice cold can of caffeine may just ignite the motivation needed to start your essay. If not, it will definitely remind you that ‘Holidays are coming’.


5. SoulJam at Buyer’s Club

When: 7th December

Time: 23:00-3:00

Price: £6

Despite the ‘Superstition’, SoulJam unfortunately won’t be full of inflatable Christmas trees this December. Thankfully, it won’t be playing Mariah Carey’s inescapable hit either. However it will be a jam packed night full of Soul, Hip-hop and Disco that will definitely have you missing Thursday’s lecture. But it’s fine, because it’s nearly Christmas. You can even showcase your moves at that awkward family gathering to break the ice over Christmas.

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6. Buyer’s Club Christmas Party

When: 10th December

Time: 23:00-4:00

Price: Free entry before 11:30pm (name on Facebook wall)

Buyer’s club are keeping you on your toes this Christmas with their mystery guest that’s soon to be revealed. After last year’s techno route, they certainly won’t leave you hanging; apart from on Sunday of course. Forget the deadlines and kick start your Christmas celebrations the right way.

14980695_1279319792118257_2648462477474864901_n7. ELF at the Guild, Liverpool Film society

When: 8th december

Time: 19:00-21:00

Price: Free

It’ll be lonely this Christmas without Buddy the Elf, you may even meet another human that shares your affinity for elf culture. Just be sure not to sit next to someone who stinks of beef and cheese; you’ll get enough of that over Christmas.


8. Independent Liverpool’s Christmas Festival

When: 8th – 11th December @ The Great Baltic Warehouse

Times and Prices:

Thursday (5pm-11pm) – £3
Friday (3pm-11pm) – £6
Saturday (12pm-11pm) – £8
Sunday (12pm-8pm) – £5

If you’re still looking for a reason to get merry, then Liverpool’s Independent Christmas Festival definitely isn’t worth missing. Spend your weekend with Scousers and stock up for winter with all the great food on offer. From award-winning burgers to spicy buffalo wings, you can keep warm and even wash it down with a beer or wine. And if you’re still hungry, why not pretend you can afford a cheese hamper.


9. Kazimier Festive Arkade at Invisible Wind Factory

When: 11th December

Time: 10:30am-20:00

Price: Free entry all day

Let’s be honest, you can’t simply be sick of wandering around eating and drinking at Christmas markets just yet. With 40+ stalls from local independent traders and live music all day, you can grab yourself a hot cocktail and sit back in the Kazimier garden all day.


10. Liverpool’s Gin Festival

When: 16 – 18 December @ Metropolitan Cathedral


Evening Sessions: 6:30pm – 11:00pm

Saturday Afternoon: 12:30pm-5:00pm

Sunday Afternoon: 2:00-6:30pm

Price: £8.35

Not a gin lover? You’ll soon change your mind when you’re presented with over 100 gins to choose from. Get into the spirit in Paddy’s Wigwam with live music, and gin, lots of gin. You can even chat to a gin industry expert whilst drinking gin in your very own Gin Festival Copa Balloon Glass.


11. Xmas at Medication

When: 16th December

Time: 11:00-4:00am

Price: £6

End your last night of Semester one with Christmas at Medication. There will actually be inflatables at this one, and you can even grab yourself a selection box for your journey home. Have an absolute cracker of a night with Santa and his little helpers, there’s still time to get on his nice list.

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12. The Raz

When: Every Monday

Price: £1.50

Forget Santa’s grotto when you can immerse yourself in the slippery cave of the Raz. I’ve heard it’s the best way to keep warm this winter. You’re down to your last pennies so spend them wisely on Raz bombs and Fat Frogs all night. The queue will be big but you can snuggle up to your housemates before waving them off for the Christmas holidays.

So there we have it, Ellipsis’s 12 Ways to get Festive. Whatever you end up doing, it’ll be the most wonderful time of the year; if you can remember any of it.

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