7 HOURS IN LIVERPOOL WITH THE LITTLEFOLK
Liverpool is a great family destination whatever the season, but there’s something special about this vibrant city at Christmas-time. Our Founder, Nicola, spent the day in the Liverpool with her young family and here shares her picks of Liverpool’s festive and family friendly attractions:
Dreamworks Lights, St Georges Hall
There’s no doubting that Dreamworks has arrived at St Georges Hall (You’ll spot Shrek on the roof as soon as you arrive)! In this UK first, St Georges Hall plays host to this stunning walkthrough lantern experience. Our toddler loved the illuminated characters and our five year old enjoyed spotting the familiar faces from movies such as Shrek and Madagascar. St George’s Hall is an iconic location for this visitor attraction (just remember to look up at the beautiful ceiling!) St George’s Hall is adjacent to the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum Liverpool (both of which are free to enter).
Tickets to Dreamworks cost from £8.00 and runs through to 15th January 2017.
Time spent here with the littlefolk: 1 hour.
Liverpool Christmas Markets is in a new stunning location for 2016, outside the iconic St George’s Hall on St George’s Plateau. The markets feature more than 40 stalls selling arts, foods, and crafts from all over the world. Beautifully decorated, there was a really festive atmosphere walking around the stalls. This is the place to head to if you’re hungry, there was a huge array of food on offer! We had already planned to eat at a restaurant in the city centre so instead enjoyed hot drinks and browsing the gift stalls.
Liverpool Christmas Market is open until 22nd December.
Time spent here with the LittleFolk: 1 hour.
Lunch at Viva Brazil, 36 Castle Street, L2 0NR
Viva Brazil is an award winning, authentic, Brazilian style Steakhouse with restaurants in Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham. Their concept is simple, Viva Brazil gives you more – more of everything… food, service and atmosphere!
We enjoyed this real Brazilian style dining experience. Our passador (meat carver) brought meat after meat to our table. This kept the kids entertained too, (although well done Viv Brazil for the great kids packs of colouring and activities that you brought to our table!). We didn’t manage all of the fifteen select cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausages! (this was only lunch after all!), however the place was packed, testament to the great food and service we think! We will definitely return.
Perfect place for families to dine as children under 10 years old eat free with a paying adult! #WinWin
Time spent here with the LittleFolk: 1hr 30min
Ice Festival, Pier Head
This year the Ice Festival has moved to a new bigger site at Liverpool’s Pier Head. The cool attractions include an ice rink and a cosy Après Lodge to enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate. Our little ones have bambi legs so we decided to watch the more seasoned skaters rather than participate and enjoyed hot chocolates all round. There are also a host of fairground rides to entertain the little ones.
Adults £8 and children aged 17 and under £6.
Ice Festival runs through until 3rd January 2017
Time spent here with the LittleFolk: 1 hour
Liverpool ONE Christmas on Chavasse Park
Liverpool ONE is a firm family favourite of ours. We love the hustle and bustle and festive atmosphere of Christmas shopping! Head up to Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park and your little ones will be left spoilt for choice at the host of attractions on offer! We joined other families in enjoying the vast array of children’s rides and traditional carousel.
(Rides payable locally via a token system)
Christmas on Chavasse Park runs through until 5th January 2017
Time spent here with the LittleFolk: 45 mins
Snowflake Trail, Liverpool City Centre
Follow the Snowflake Trail, Liverpool’s very own winter festival of spectacular lights, atmospheric sounds and snowflake sculptures, lovely way to take kin the sights of the city! (Pick up your free trail map at participating retailers, solve the clues and win prizes)
Time spent here with the LittleFolk: 45 mins
LEGO Santa Express, Liverpool ONE
A train, made entirely of LEGO bricks? Perfect photo opportunity! The LEGO Santa Express, which can be found on Paradise Street at Liverpool ONE, is a one of a kind custom built train made from over 500,000 LEGO bricks. It is the first time that the impressive installation has been seen anywhere outside of London. The structure, which is open and will remain in place until 29 December is free to members of the public and the little ones loved it! There is no need to book tickets, just turn up, climb on board and enjoy the ultimate selfie spot. (There was a small queue when we arrived but the ‘Elves’ kept the kids amused and the line passed quickly!)
LEGO Santa Express is in place until 29th December.
Time spent here with the LittleFolk: 15mins
This really was the ultimate finale to a wonderful day in Liverpool. At dusk we headed to the Albert Dock to see the this iconic Grade I Listed landmark transformed into a canvas for the most spectacular 4D projection mapping spectacular. In collaboration with immersive technology specialists Crucial FX and National Museums Liverpool, Albert Dock Liverpool showcased the most stunning and magical display. (Albert Dock is home to the Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool and a short walk from the Museum of Liverpool which are free entry.)
Albert Dock spectacular runs until 2md January 2017 (dusk- 11pm)
Time spent here with the LittleFolk: 1hour
Liverpool offers so much for families, especially at Christmas time, after a wonderful day of festive fun we agree, Liverpool you are #OneMagicalCity