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The best Christmas events in Liverpool and above for 2022!

Written by Lewis Everrett

Are you looking for events full of festive fun?
With hundreds of events, Christmas has just begun!
From Liverpool to Leeds, indulge in a Christmas activity,
Each of them is filled with endless family festivity!

Get ready for Christmas in Liverpool and above!

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The festive season is here! If you’re half as excited as we are, you’ll be looking for the best places to make your December magical. That’s why we’ve decided to round up our top guide for the best Christmas events in Liverpool and above for 2022!

If you’re looking for … or even … we’ve got you covered. So wrap up warm and let’s count them down.

Christmas events in Liverpool below

1. Liverpool Christmas Market, William Brown St

19th – 23rd December

Image Credit: St George’s Hall

Get ready for the festive spirit to fill the air at the Liverpool Christmas Market! Open from the 19th to the 23rd of December, there is a beautiful range of unique gifts ready to purchase and a host of food and drink stalls for you and the family to enjoy!

Catch local performers at the weekend, perform your favourite song with the return of the karaoke ski lifts, and treat yourself to a drink from one of the many bars on offer. That’s not all, this family-friendly market also includes a big wheel, snow slide, and Santa land rides as well!

2. Luna Cinema, St George’s Hall

10th-23rd December

Image Credit: The Luna Cinema

Are you ready to experience all of your favourite Christmas classics at this gorgeous cinema venue? The Luna Winter Cinema will be taking place from the 10th of December to the 23rd of December and it’s festive-filled!

The line-up includes fan-favourite movies such as Love Actually, The Holiday, and It’s a Wonderful Life! But the fun doesn’t stop there, you might also get a chance to watch family favourites such as Home Alone, Elf, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The venue will be transformed into a winter wonderland with huge Christmas trees, enchanting lights, and a sprinkling of snow.

3. The Light Before Christmas, Liverpool Cathedral

2nd – 9th December

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Liverpool Cathedral is being completely transformed into a festive haven for all Christmas lovers! Get ready to experience beautiful lights with the arrival of ‘The Light Before Christmas: The Angels Are Coming!’. The beautiful architecture of the building will be transformed into a carefully orchestrated sequence of stunning lighting, awe-inspiring projections, and beautiful music!

The Christmas experience lasts 40 minutes, book your tickets here.

4. Enchanted at Knowsley Safari, Prescot

19th – 30th December

Image Credit: Knowsley Safari

Prepare for a family-friendly, after-dark trail filled with magical lights and festive spirit at Knowsley Safari’s Enchanted!

It’s time for your family to explore the foot safari packed with illuminated animals and forest lights. Festive food, enchanting music, and some special treats can be expected throughout your journey!

Get your tickets here.

5. Singalong with Santa, Liverpool Philharmonic

17th December – 18th December

Image Credit: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Are you ready to Singalong with Santa this year? Get ready to sing some of your favourite Christmas classics at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town!

Expect the unexpected with some additional seasonal surprises during your visit! Book your tickets here.

6. Santa’s Grotto, Otterspool Promenade

19th November – 24th December

Image Credit: Otterspool Adventure

Get ready for a magical Christmas experience for the whole family at Santa’s Grotto! Your little ones will get the chance to meet Santa himself, visit the Elves ‘Make a Bear’ workshop, watch a festive show, decorate gingerbread with Mrs Claus and more! Everyone receives a gift from Santa before they leave!

7. Walk Through Christmas Tree, Liverpool

10th November – 31st December

Image Credit: Visit Liverpool

Head to Williamson Square this year for some excellent, snap-tastic selfies in front of the huge 16-metre-high artificial tree! This sparkling masterpiece is the perfect place for your little ones to get into the Christmas spirit and feel the festive magic.

8. Winter Wonderlight, Wirral

21st November – 2nd January

Image Credit: Thornton Manor

Spend time with the family at this unforgettable winter wonderland experience! Taking place in the historic gardens of Thornton Manor, the grounds will be bought to life with festive spirit during a multi-sensory walk-through. Take a walk under the stars and marvel at the illuminated tree canopies! Get your tickets here.

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9. Winter Island at Escape to Freight Island, Manchester

12th November – 24th December

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This event is the perfect festive destination for food, drink, music, and entertainment! There is so much for the whole family to do here including an outdoor winter market, hog roasts, backyard cinema, Christmas carols, festive cocktails, and so much more!

The UK’s largest heated outdoor and indoor winter festival is here and welcomes your family with open arms. This magical wonderland is filled with winter-themed fun suitable for any age! Book your tickets here.

10. Manchester Christmas Market, Multiple Locations

10th November – 22nd December

Image Credit: Visit Manchester

The festive spirit is back and it’s going to fill the Manchester Christmas markets once again! This annual Christmas special is guaranteed to leave you feeling festive.

There are so many family-friendly activities for you to enjoy as well as delicious food stalls, magical bars, and so much more!

11. Mog’s Christmas Trail, Dunham Massey

19th November 2022 – January 2023

Image Credit: National Trust

Let your little ones join Mog the Forgetful Cat for a fun and festive family trail! Perfect for little children, this interactive, daytime trail is based on the antics and escapades from the much-loved children’s book!

Mog is confused by Christmas and decides to hide on the roof. Can you deliver Mog safely down the chimney and play your part in helping Mog find Christmas comfort?

This is a free event and booking is not needed!

Christmas events in Blackpool below

12. Octonauts at SEA LIFE Blackpool, Promenade

1st – 31st December

Image Credit: Visit Blackpool

Join the Octonauts in a special Christmas mission at a SEA LIFE near you this December! Your little ones will love taking part in a scavenger hunt and answering all sorts of Christmas conundrums hidden around the aquarium!

Meet your favourite characters, take excellent photos, take part in Octonaut-themed crafts, win prizes, and enjoy a magical festive theme throughout the aquarium. This is a family-friendly event suitable for everyone!

Exclusive family ticket from £55 for 4 people! Book here.

13. Free Skating Rink, Blackpool Promenade

18th November – 10th December

Image Credit: A Walk on the Wild Side

Get your skates on and experience the Christmas spirit at the Blackpool Promenade! Wrap up warm and glide across the free ice skating rink. Your little ones will absolutely love the thrill of skating around and enjoying the festive fun!

14. Blackpool Tower Projections, Promenade

2nd September – 2nd January

Image Credit: Blackpool Illuminations

This year, The Blackpool Tower projections are going to transform the iconic Tower building into a sea of light, colour and sound!

With festive-filled stories to sci-fi projections, your little ones will be able to marvel in awe at this beautiful light display. Prepare to be entirely immersed in the digitally-mapped shows, a treat for families of all ages!

15. Santa Dash, Promenade

Sunday 4th December

Image Credit: Visit Blackpool

This excellent event is the epitome of having fun while raising money for Trinity Hospice! Get involved in the annual Santa Dash on Blackpool Promenade. This two-mile run includes a free hot chocolate, a medal, and a special Santa suit!

If you’re not the biggest fan of running around in the cold season, you can take a seat along the promenade to watch the spectacle take place!

Christmas events in Leeds below

16. Chow Down, Leeds

10th November – 31st December

Image Credit: Yorkshire Food Guide

Chow Down is offering a festive-themed winter village and it’s completely filled with live bands, Christmas tips, hot chocolate, street food, and so much more!

Get your family in the festive spirit and book your table here.

17. The Leeds Big Wheel, Victoria Gardens

19th November – 1st January

Image Credit: Carl Milner Photography

The extremely popular Wheel of Light returns to Victoria Gardens this November for a Christmas to remember! Your little ones will get to marvel at the best views of the city on this spectacularly coloured ride.

From the top of the wheel, you will have uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Christmas lights across the whole of Leeds! Admission from £4.

18. Lotherton’s Christmas Experience, Aberford

26th November – 31st December

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A reliably magical day out for an entire family is guaranteed at Lotherton’s Christmas Experience! Explore the grand Edwardian house as it becomes a playground for children who still believe in festive magic. You’ll get to wander through the stunning, twinkling lights of the woodland walk with interactive stations!

Santa will be waiting in his cabin to welcome all the little ones that finish the walk… keep an eye out for the crafting elves on hand too.

19. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Leeds

21st November – 28th January

Image Credit: Neal Street Productions

This brand-new production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is the ultimate festive treat for families of all ages! This West End phenomenon is the golden ticket to family entertainment. Explore the chocoholic world of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory this December! You can book your tickets here.

20. Christmas at Temple Newsam, Leeds

26th November – 2nd January

Image Credit: Yorkshire Wonders

There are plenty of festivities to go around at Temple Newsam this Christmas! Get ready for a whole new illuminated trail that will bring the garden to life after dark. Stay aware because Father Christmas is known to be in attendance! Feeling a little cold? Grab yourself a hot chocolate or spiced winter warmer! Book your tickets here.

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