Rachael Wass

What’s on: December 2017

They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but being engulfed by essays makes Christmastime feel a million miles away and finding time to do something in between deadlines can be difficult. However, this guide is here to suggest a few fun festive things to do in the city of Liverpool this December! So wrap up warm, get your Christmas groove on and head outside to be filled with festive spirit.

What’s Christmas without food and drink?  And even more, what’s a ‘what’s on’ article without a mention of it? Here are a couple of ideas to get you full and warm in this freezing cold city:

Home Alone Bar

This year, Ghetto Golf brings to you the ‘Home Alone Bar’: a themed bar in the Baltic Triangle’s Cains Brewery. Expect features that resemble the McCallister’s booby-trapped house, as well as a huge Christmas tree and New York’s very own Duncan’s Toy Chest. With one of the most popular Christmas films coming to life, you can expect a fun-filled evening with Christmas music , festive cocktails and absolute tinsel overload. For £15 a ticket, the experience is on the more expensive side, but you are guaranteed a merry night and one you won’t forget easily (unless you have too much festive spirit if you know what I mean…)

The bar will be open from 5th December and tickets can be bought on the link below:


Baltic Market Christmas Market

From Friday 1st December, the Baltic Market is stepping up Christmas vibes by introducing new features in their food market as well as gift markets. Their Winter Warmers bar will have an array of festive drinks from  mulled wine to cider to hot gin, these will accompany a range of 20 new winter cocktails bound to warm your heart. Baltic Market are also introducing a brand new set of food traders this December, providing cosy winter stews and soups, spicy Mexican street food and opulent steaks. The permanent street market will remain open as usual, whilst gift markets and farmers markets will be open in the other side of their location. Information and opening times can be found below:

Gift Market: 3rd December // 7th December // 14th December- (11am-4pm)

Farmer’s Market: 17th December – (11am- 3pm)

Santa Paws is coming to Town (Dog Market): 10th December – (11am – 3pm)

Liverpool Christmas Market

Liverpool’s Christmas German-style market has opened up outside St George’s Hall. Expect traditional Christmas market stalls in festive wooden huts where local traders sell gifts, decorations, jewellery, arts and crafts bits and bobs, not even mentioning the abundance of festive food. The windmill bar is at the entrance of the market, providing respite from the cold as well as tasty treats and drinks. Food stalls include gourmet burgers, traditional German food, crepes, bubble waffles and a Nutella stand. The market is the perfect place to pick up a last minute gift, stocking fillers or that present when you have no idea what your secret-Santa would like. The market will be open until Friday the 22nd December.

There’s nothing like Christmas culture to brighten up the darkest of nights, hence the following list is one which names a couple of theatre productions in the city this month!

The Scouse Nativity

“The Gospel according to… Terry.”

Throughout December, Liverpool’s Royal Court hosts the tale of Terry (a lonely shepherd) who follows some kind of Scouse Biblical journey. Described as a Christmas comedy with “silly jokes and amazing live music”, The Scouse Nativity will be a show delivered in true Scouse style.

Tickets are available from £13 and can be bought through the link below:


Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

It is a well-known fact that the BBC takes an average of 8 decades to release a new season of Sherlock, and therefore any theatre show with a Sherlock mystery is enough to keep that detective addiction at bay. The Playhouse is putting on performances of the thrilling mystery from 9th December and throughout the month and tickets can be bought through the link below!


Now for some traditional activities! The next few ideas are ones which will transport you back to your childhood and away from those scary chasing deadlines…

Ice Skating

Now located at Pier Head on the waterfront, this year’s ice skating rink will be either the place to show off your talents or to proudly embarrass yourself by falling down constantly. As someone who fits best with the latter description, it’s easy to understand why an hour on the world’s slippiest surface might not appeal to everyone, but apparently it truly is good fun! They even have penguin buddies for us who are incompetent enough to let go of the sides!

Tickets for ice skating can be bought on the following link and cost only £11 for students!


Carol Concerts

This one’s for those looking to do something more spiritual and cosy throughout Advent and the hectic build up to Christmas. There are endless opportunities to have some time to reflect on the times you’ve had over the year and the people who mean the most to you at this special time of the year. Below is a list of four of Liverpool’s best loved annual carol concerts open to the public!

‘From Darkness to Light’ – A candlelit carol concert in Liverpool Cathedral at 5:30pm on Sunday 3rd December.

‘Sancta Lucia festival of light’ – The Swedish tradition will take place in Liverpool Cathedral with a performance from London’s Nordic choir as part of the service. At 6pm on Saturday December 9th. (tickets are £10 available from the Cathedral shop).

BBC Radio Merseyside Carol service – An evening of Christmas magic hosted by BBC Merseyside in the Metropolitan Cathedral. Tickets are available through contacting BBC Radio Merseyside on 0151 708 5500.

Marie Curie Lights to Remember service – “Marie Curie invites you to attend their annual Lights to Remember service and to sponsor a light in memory of someone special to you.” Takes place on 10th December at 5pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral – no tickets are required.

Last but definitely not least, the one you’ve all been waiting for…

There are 2 guaranteed visitors every year. One is of course Mr Father Christmas, and the other is the Coca-Cola Truck! This year it’s stopping to greet the city of Liverpool with free beverages for everyone on the 5th and 6th of December, so don’t forget to head down and be part of the heart of Christmas! Forget winter, the holidays are coming!

Stay warm and safe,

by Rachael Wass

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