This year we’re anticipating yet another incredible season of events in the city but with so much happening, it can be hard to keep up. We’ve listed some of those you can look forward to, meaning you can see off 2019 in high spirits and welcome 2020 in style! 


Spooky Season Thrills with the Floating Cinema  - 24 October - 1 November

Following a summer of success, Royal Albert Dock gladly welcomes the return of the pop-up cinema experience with scary classics like Scream and Blair Witch Project. Younger ones and those not prepared to be spooked can enjoy Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice and Casper alongside others. An overhead canopy, deckchairs and beanbags will provide a comfortable setting on the water, and the chill will be kept off by heaters on the pontoon.

Tickets are very limited so check here for availability:

Popcorn at the docks

Immerse yourself art and music with River of Light Festival 1-9th November

10 large installations will take to venues across the city in this immersive and interactive season celebrating light. Offering something for everyone across 9 days including a musical firework display on 3rd November and installations such as Run Beyond, Globoscope and Liverpool Jackpot. Audiences will be encouraged to take part in some displays, while others will captivate senses and leave viewers mesmerised.

We don’t want to give too much away about this event but to find out more, check Visit Liverpool here:

 Liver Building at Pier Head with crowds and lasers

Get Your Skates on at Liverpool Ice Festival 13 Nov – 18 Dec

Skating, sliding, a funfair, drinking AND eating – what more could you want from a festival? This November thrill seekers can race down the UK’s longest ice jet slide, while those not so adventurous can tuck themselves away at the indoor Après Lodge. Food ranges from traditional Bratwurst and crepes to classic hog roast, with mulled wine and hot chocolate flowing plentiful. If you’re not into filling up on food, the fair offers attractions for both daredevils and kids too as well as games and stalls to really make the most of a fun-filled day or night.

For ticket info and times visit:

Christmas market stalls

On your marks, get set… Santa Dash! 1st December

Racing shoes on, belt fastened, boots laced and they’re off! The streets of Liverpool are preparing for a sea of Santa again this December in an array of festive fun and excitement. Participants can walk, run or jog the 5km route through the city and crowds are always in full support of cheers. This is an excellent way to share the spirit of giving throughout the Christmas period and we’re looking forward to seeing the thousands of blue and red outfits fill the streets. See here to find out how to take part:

Runners in Santa costumes

Pop-up Christmas Cinema: 17 Dec– 23 Dec

Luna Cinema return for another instalment of family cinema fun at St George’s Hall from 17th December. Audiences can snuggle up on sofas, get cosy on beanbags and enjoy mulled wine and other festive favourites in The Great Hall. On site will be the Luna Bar serving popcorn, prosecco, soft drinks and snacks. With two showings daily and classics such as The Holiday, Home Alone and everyone’s favourite Christmas film… Die Hard.

For more info and full listing visit:

St George's Hall Cinema

TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show 28 Dec – 31 Dec

Another exciting display of talent is heading to M&S Bank Arena this December but this year bringing new additions such as LED Trial Bikes & Tron Girls and Horse & Acrobat display. Expect theatrical displays, pyrotechnics, lights, dancing, music and more! This year’s itinerary is refreshed, revived and bigger than before, and to take a break from all the excitement visitors can indulge in some retail therapy, or enjoy a glass of champagne in the exclusive Champagne Bar.

Tickets for the event and more info can be found here:

Horse Show M&S Arena

A season of theatre classics November - January

Is it really? Oh, yes it is! Liverpool has plenty of favourites taking to the stage to entertain families including Elf the Christmas Spectacular, Peter Pan is given a pantomime twist and Miracle on 34th Street becomes the Musical. January will see a dynamic theatrical performance of classical arts when Shen Yun headlines Liverpool Empire, a unique demonstration of Chinese traditional dancing, music and heritage. We welcome many guests for theatre trips to the city and it’s always a pleasure hearing the success of productions, meaning each year Liverpool is grateful to welcome back such exciting listings. And for the grown-ups, Everyman Theatre gives Sleeping Beauty a rock ‘n’ roll panto makeover.

Tickets range in prices and all listings can be found here:

Panto Group at Empire Theatre


If any of these take your fancy, make the most of it and treat yourself to an overnight stay (or few) with us. Don't forget, kids stay and eat free, and for groups of 10 or more we offer exclusive booking rates. Chat with our team to find out more about booking your perfect end of year break.

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