If you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas for that someone special, why not do something a little more personal this year and arranging to spend some quality time together? An experience or day out is a brilliant present and a lot more thoughtful than a pair of slippers or bottle of perfume. And where better to enjoy that experience than the wonderfully vibrant Liverpool?
There are so many places to visit in Liverpool that you’ll be spoilt for choice; it’s a diverse city like no other. Whether you’re paying a visit yourself or sending a loved one to experience its magic, there are plenty of fun things to do to suit everyone in this northwest corner of the country. For inspiration, take a look at our extensive list of the top days out in Liverpool you can give as an alternate gift this Christmas time.
We couldn’t write a guide to the best Liverpool days out to gift at Christmas without mentioning the festivities at this time of year. From the magical Liverpool Christmas Markets to the famous Christmas tree at Liverpool ONE, there are a fair few attractions not to be missed if you want to celebrate the season in the city with a loved one.
The UK’s tallest Christmas tree resides at Liverpool ONE and there’s even an alpine bar and themed huttes to go with it, so you can enjoy a mulled wine or two whilst taking in the festivities. For a different style of evening entertainment, the city loves to put on a show and Christmas is no exception. This year, the M&S Bank Arena plays host to a Broadway musical based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf. Alternatively, for something a little less traditional catch The Scouse Snow White at Liverpool’s Royal Court - a quirky Liverpudlian take on a classic fairy-tale.
Of course, you can’t miss out on the notorious Christmas Markets. Wander through the beautifully-decorated stalls lining the streets of St George’s Plateau and stock up on handmade gifts, German Bratwurst and Bailey’s hot chocolates aplenty. The markets span further than just the city centre, too. You can find more delicious treats and exciting independent stalls at the Royal Albert Dock, which will also be joining the Christmas celebrations with magnificent festive decorations and live music throughout December.
Anfield Stadium Tour
You can’t go wrong with a trip to one of the most well-recognised landmarks in Liverpool, and that’s of course Anfield Stadium. This colossal stadium is truly a mecca for any and all fans of Liverpool FC; they’ll be able to tour one of the biggest football clubs in the world, which is undeniably an excellent gift to give.
Whilst standard tours of the stadium are available, it’s also possible to embark on a legend tour, where acclaimed Liverpool players such as John Aldridge give insight into their fascinating time at the club. Just like those who visit, the guides are all knowledgeable lovers of the club and are happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the tour. If you want to make the day even more special then hop on the Anfield bus, a classic English red double decker which departs from Albert Dock taking visitors to and from the stadium regularly.
It’s still worth tagging along even if you aren’t a huge football fan as there’s plenty of interesting things to see. Whether that’s the spectacular city view and unique perspective of the stadium from the top tier or the famous Shankly Gates.
British Music Experience
A trip to the famous British Music Experience will strike a chord with anyone who has an interest in music, regardless of their age or musical decade of choice. Liverpool’s music scene is undeniably influential across a wide range of genres - it is the birthplace of the likes of The Beatles, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Atomic Kitten after all, so there’s nowhere more appropriate for this museum to be located. Travel through every decade of British popular music, from the washboards of the Forties right through to iconic X Factor performances of more recent years. It was originally launched as just a temporary exhibition with a residency at London’s O2, although it’s now won its own permanent home on the historic Liverpool waterfront. To find it simply look out for the prominent Beatles statue – a well-loved monument which is a huge crowd-pleaser and popular Instagram-spot.
It’s not just local artists that this museum pays homage to, there’s also a huge selection of fascinating memorabilia on display from all over the country. Some of the most popular items include Elton John’s glasses, Amy Winehouse’s dress, Queen’s drum kit and Noel Gallagher’s notorious Union Jack guitar. This interactive experience also has a variety instruments for your rock star in-the-making to try their hand at!
Arguably Liverpool’s biggest attraction, the Royal Albert Dock dates all the way back to its domination of global trade in the 19th century and holds a wealth of history. These old Victorian docks are a cultural jewel and a true staple of Liverpool. With plenty of things here to do it’s the perfect place to visit with anyone, whether that’s friends, family or even colleagues. If you’re looking for things to do in Liverpool with kids, the Albert Dock has plenty of child-friendly attractions, restaurants, shops and museums.
A popular choice amongst tourists is The Beatles Story, and there’s nowhere more appropriate for the world’s largest exhibition devoted to the godfathers of modern music to be located than in their home city of Liverpool. Even visitors with just a slight interest in The Beatles and their music will enjoy a fun day out at this informative exhibit. For those looking to educate themselves during their time in the city, a trip inside the International Slavery Museum may be of interest. Certainly thought-provoking, this museum tells the story of life as a slave in West Africa, including the transatlantic journey they took and the legacy around slavery. Alternatively, the Merseyside Maritime Museum is another fascinating step back in time if it’s the seafaring past your cohort are looking to learn more about. Trying to impress new work colleagues? Then a visit to the Tate Liverpool to soak up some world-class art is guaranteed to strike up riveting conversation. See – there really is something here for everyone!
Whether it’s a spot of last-minute Christmas shopping, a chance for quality time with family and friends, or an attempt at a complete wardrobe refresh, Liverpool is a dream for anyone who loves to shop. It’s also an excellent excuse to visit the city around this time of year as these streets look truly magical amongst all the festive decorations.
From the vintage stores and high-end fashion boutiques dotted around Bold Street to all the big names under one roof (so to speak) at Liverpool ONE, this is a great day out to gift at Christmas. Whilst you’re there be sure to make some time in your itinerary to get a spectacular shot of Liverpool ONE’s Christmas tree which we mentioned earlier, it’s an iconic centrepiece set in the midst of the entertainment complex so you can’t miss it. With all the main shopping centres located not too far from each other, it’s easy to get carried away and spend the day travelling around the city hunting down the best bargains.
Enjoy a hearty meal at The Club House
Why not make a day of it? Stop off for a coffee and a bit of sightseeing along the way and then when you’re ready, retreat to The Club House for a well-deserved cocktail or a delicious meal. Our convenient location within the hustle and bustle of Liverpool ONE means you don’t have to go out of your way to find a place to unwind. December is one of the best times to visit too - enjoy a festive tipple or even a traditional Christmas dinner in the cosy setting of a timeless port in a bygone era. Our Christmas menus and festive drinks packages are extremely popular around this time of year - if you aren’t in the city to try them for yourself but you know someone who will be, then treat them to one of our gift cards. They’ll be thanking you for years to come!
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