WE know it’s early, and some of us don’t want to think about ‘the C word’ until December, but like it or not, the Christmas spirit is just around the corner.
If, like many people, you need a little nudge to help get in the seasonal mood, we’ve found some great ideas all over Merseyside…
1 – Pick your tree
With a barn filled with festive cheer, you can pick up everything you need to fill your home for the season of good will from lights to decs to quirky additions.
The kids will have a great time wondering around the tree forest where they can choose their tree – and you can have it delivered or pick it up at a later date to suit you – just pop your name on the tag and it’s all yours!
Catchdale Moss Farm Cottage, Catchdale Moss Ln, Saint Helens WA10 5QG
While you’re there – just across the free car park is The Dog Barn, which for the past year has welcomed Santa Paws for your pooch to visit.
Without spending a penny, you can treat your pup to a visit to the special grotto, as long as he’s not on the naughty list!
No booking necessary – Santa Paws will be visiting on Fridays 8th, 15th & 22nd from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and Sundays 10th & 17th from 12pm to 3pm.
For more info visit www.thedogbarn.co.uk
2 – Murder Mystery at Suites Hotel
We all love a good ‘Who dunnit’? so get together with some friends and colleagues and compete in the seasonal Murder Mystery evening at Suites Hotel Knowsley.
The evening, titled Murder Under the Mistletoe, takes place on Friday December 8 and costs £45 per head.
This includes a three course dinner, the murder mystery and dancing until 1am.
Advance booking is essential as many spaces have already been taken.
To book call 0151 549 222 or email email@example.com
3 – Dash in style
For the first time, The Club House Lodge in Liverpool ONE will be hosting a major After Dash Bash following the annual Liverpool Santa Dash, which takes place on December 3 in the city centre. All money raised from the event will be donated to Cash For Kids Charity.
Tickets for the VIP experience cost £45 and include;
Your Santa Dash entry fee including your suit
Hog roast and a free drink
Entertainment throughout the afternoon and a charity raffle.
Tickets for non-runners are £20 per person.
To book your space call Cash for Kids on 0151 472 6965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
4 – Book a Panto
Pantomimes are always a key promotion in Liverpool’s seasonal calendar and there’s loads to choose from. At Good News Liverpool, we usually base our favourite on the best Panto Dame, which for the past few years has been Epstein Theatre’s brilliant Michael Chapman.
Peter Pan kicks off on Friday December 8 with Another Level’s Dane Bowers and Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo as stars of the stage.
Liverpool’s own Lewis Pryor will play the lead role of Peter Pan. Lewis appeared in 2016’s series of Britain’s Got Talent, finishing 3rd place in the Live Finals as a member of dance troupe Boogie Storm after receiving the coveted Golden Buzzer spot from Simon Cowell.
Tickets range from £11, with family packages available.
To book call 0844 888 4411, visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk or book in person at the theatre box office (open 2pm-6pm Mon-Thu & 12pm-6pm Fri-Sat)
Or via TicketQuarter: Call 0844 8000 410, visit www.ticketquarter.co.uk
5 – Visit the Ice Festival
Running at the Pier Head, the Ice Festival is open now and until January 7.
With a huge ice rink, triple lane ice slide, ice bar, Christmas market and ferris wheel among much more this attraction is right on our doorstep and won’t fail to bring out the seasonl spirit in you There are also three German-style bars and pop-up festival food stalls serving up specialities including famous German sausage cooked over hot coals, so go for that if nothing else!
Adult skate tickets are priced £11.50 / teenagers13-15, OAPs, students & concs £10.50/children 3-12 years £9.50/family (2+2 or 3+1) £36; ice slide tickets are £5 for three runs.
We suggest pre booking tickets online by visiting www.icefestivalliverpool.co.uk
6 – Home Alone Christmas bar
That’s right – the famous McCallister house from the 1990 film has been reconstructed at Ghetto Golf in The Baltic Traingle’s Robert Cain Brewery on Stanhope Street.
With great entertainment this is a sure-fire way to bring you into Christmas.
Tickets are £15 + booking fee and must be bought in advance at https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/The-Home-Alone-Themed-Christmas-Bar/Home-Alone-Themed-Christmas-Bar/13088719/