Festive Days Out: What To Book Now
Floating Cinema bring festive movies to The Dock
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Nothing says Christmas more than snuggling up and watching your favourite festive movies with your loved ones.
This December the popular pop up floating cinema is back for a week of Christmas movies under the twinkling lights of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool From 30 November – 8 December.
You can enjoy festive classics such as Elf, Love Actually, Die Hard and The Holiday, plus family favourites Home Alone, The Grinch, Muppets Christmas Carol and The Polar Express with our Dock restaurants on hand offering you a delicious array of festive front row treats, drinks and refreshments.
There’s also a selection of relaxed morning screenings which will include slight adjustments to the environment for children, young people and adults with autism or additional needs who would benefit from: a less crowded area, low lighting and volume, no trailers, allowance for increased levels of movement and noise and a supportive staff team.
Whilst you’re there, why not make a day of it and enjoy all the Dock has to offer. Roam around the shops on the inner-quay which will be beautifully-lit with nearly a million Magical Lights, or watch our heart-warming Christmas projection, ‘Love Returns’, which will be cast against the inner-quay side of the Mersey Maritime Museum. If you’re feeling peckish or looking for a festive tipple, head to one of the many restaurants and bars for an indulgent feast, light snack or a cocktail or two.
For details and booking www.albert-dock.com/whats-on
Celebrate the New Year in style
World-Class Equestrian Action, Unrivalled Entertainment & Live Music!
Held at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show attracts top riders from all over the world. The show creates an electric atmosphere by combining top-class equestrian events with jaw-dropping family entertainment, breathtaking pyrotechnics and live music.
Watch titans of the equestrian sport battle it out for the title of Grand Prix Champion. Get up close to the sport’s finest riders as they warm up in the collecting rings while you enjoy a glass of ‘bubbles’ in the champagne bar right next door or indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the shopping village.
Entertainment includes the fast, furious and jaw-dropping ‘Electric Storm’ which brings together the very best of dance, LED light shows and amazing trial bike display skills. Plus ‘Magnetism’ which perfectly integrates acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts and music.
The Kids Zone will be curated and delivered by ParentFolk and will be packed with engaging creative workshops including screen printing, temporary tattoos station, a family selfie competition pop up, make and do and more!
Whether you’re a horse lover or not, this awe-inspiring production is totally unmissable – and the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends.
www.liverpoolhorseshow.com 28th-31st December 2019, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool.
The Magic of The Lanterns returns to Chester Zoo
Something magical is happening at Chester Zoo this Christmas as the festive wonder of, The Lanterns, returns to Chester Zoo for 2019. Chester Zoo will be transformed into a spectacular wonderland, with illumination, sparkle and even a sprinkle of snow.
Discover nine different worlds with exotic illuminated wildlife and animal characters. This year the new route will take you on a journey through worlds that will have little imaginations running wild!
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo runs 22nd Nov – 23rd December 2019
For tickets and details visit www.chesterzoo.org
Elf The Musical comes to Liverpool
Elf, the Broadway musical based on the much loved Christmas Hollywood movie starring Will Ferrell, has been supersized this Christmas into a huge festive spectacular!
The show which rocks up to the M&S Bank Arena this December, brings the heartwarming story of how human Buddy, raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole, travels to New York to find his real father, falls in love and brings Christmas happiness to everyone.
Starring award-winning Coronation Street actress and singer Kym Marsh, comedy actor Tam Ryan and former Eastenders star and actor Shaun Williamson, this show promises to have the whole family feeling festive!
For tickets www.mandsbankarena.com
Manchester Christmas Markets
Manchester’s award winning Christmas Market is back, offering mouth watering international eats, seasonal drinks and delicately crafted festive gifts in the heart of this vibrant city.
You’ll find over 300 stalls and chalets across the city, the perfect setting to soak up Christmas atmosphere. Follow the market trail through the city as you discover delicious treats, gorgeous gifting and handmade treasures.
With everything from Hungarian goulash, to traditional hog roast, there’ll be lots to tempt you, including vegetarian options and mouth-watering sweet treats too!
For info www.manchester.gov.uk
Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Tue 10 December – Sun 5 January
The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming and hilarious musical, based on Dr. Seuss’ hugely popular best-selling books made famous by the film adaptions.
Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss create the whimsical world of Whoville, while Max the Dog narrates the story of the scheming Grinch whose heart is ‘two sizes too small,’ as he decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly joyful bunch bursting with holiday cheer. Starring Griff Rhys Jones as Old Max and Matt Terry as Young Max this record setting Broadway sensation The show features the songs You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas.
For tickets & info: www.Thelowry.com/Christmas
Christmas comes to MediacityUK, Salford.
MediaCityUK have announced an exciting line up for the Festive Season. They’ll be teaming up with The Lowry Outlet Mall and The Lowry Theatre to showcase all the Quays area has to offer, including a magical Dr Suess-inspired wonderland, traditional Christmas Markets, an interactive light festival, a full-size Ice Rink and Christmas Theatre shows.
Christmas at MediaCityUK runs from 15th November – 5th January. Visit www.mediacityuk.co.uk for more information