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18 exciting Christmas events in Southport town centre you won’t want to miss

18 exciting Christmas events in Southport town centre you won’t want to miss

Christmas begins in earnest in Southport this weekend!

From the opening of a brand new Digital Winter Wonderland, festive Makers Markets, the opening of Santa’s Grotto to a charity Charity Christmas Parade, there is lots to see and enjoy in Southport town centre.  The festive fun continues throughout December.

Southport BID has worked with Sefton Council to produce an extensive marketing package that will ensure that news of Christmas events will reach as many people as possible.

A map and brochure ensure visitors can explore the Gingerbread Family Trail, and find out more information about activities around Southport town centre.

Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said: “We are excited to unveil a comprehensive package of festive themed attractions throughout the BID area that will attract shoppers, diners and other visitors to Southport throughout these crucial few weeks in the run-up to Christmas.”

Here are some of the things you can enjoy:


1 – Digital Winter Wonderland 

Visit the UK’s first immersive digital Christmas experience right here in Southport, which opens this Saturday (4th December)!

Be transported into a Winter Wonderland, where you can engage in a number of sensory festive activities, and some other entertaining games. Join us to decorate a snowman, catch a snowflake, and even splat a snowball or two!

Provided by Southport BID and local company Immersive Interactive, this takes place between December 4th and December 23rd, with bookings via www.southportbid.com for between 1-10 people

£6 donation for groups of 1-5.  £10 donation for groups of 5-10 (per group not per person). All donations will go to Southport Lifeboat.


2 – Santa’s Grotto & Frozen Grotto

The BID is working in partnership with Wayfarers Arcade and Southport Lions Club to provide an amazing Grotto experience for children. StarKidz will be providing some of their much-loved characters.

The Grotto opens this Saturday (4th December), but unfortunately has already sold out.

However, families can still enjoy a Frozen Grotto, which takes place at Wayfarers Arcade 20th-24th December.

Santa is very busy preparing for Christmas Eve, but fear not, Anna and Elsa will be in Wayfarers to share a special ‘Frozen’ experience with all their little friends.  The princesses and the Arendelle elves will be waiting to spread some festive joy, and to pick out a present for children to take home.

Bookings only via www.southportbid.com

£5 donation per child (includes present).  All donations will be distributed to local charities by Southport Lions Club.

Provided, in partnership by Southport BID, Southport Lions Club, and Wayfarers Arcade.


3 – Christmas Makers Market at Wayfarers Arcade 

Wayfarers Arcade is holding the second of its new Christmas ‘makers markets’ this Saturday (4th December), when visitors to the iconic arcade in Southport can experience something completely new.

There will be over 27 stalls selling exclusive and desirable gifts for Christmas at affordable prices.

Local makers at the arcade will be selling limited edition, unique and desirable crafts making this an ideal opportunity for everyone to complete their Christmas gift list.

This year the 120-year-old Victoria arcade is going to have animated figures and be lit up with thousands of lights.


4 – Southport Charity Christmas Parade 

The Southport Charity Christmas Parade is “back with a bang” for 2021!

The eye-catching event – the biggest vehicle light parade in the North West – takes place on Sunday, 5th December.

The parade leaves Pontins in Ainsdale from 4pm before heading towards Southport town centre. Once there, the convoy will head down: Lord St West, left Onto Duke Street onto Victoria Way, right onto The Esplanade Onto Southport Promenade, up to The Lakeside Inn (Britain’s Smallest Pub), then back along Southport Promenade and the Esplanade, ending at Southport Pleasureland .

You can keep up to date with more details, and how to donate, on the Southport Christmas Parade page on Facebook here.


5 – Gingerbread Family Trail 

Similar to the Nutcracker Trail which was in Southport last year, there will be a collection of gingerbread figures placed around Southport.

See if you can spot them in the windows of shops and restaurants across the town centre, and make sure to make a note of their names.

With the Gingerbread Family Trail, people will be asked to find their names, and once they have done so, can enter a competition by posting their answers into Santa’s letterbox in Wayfarers Arcade.

When you have all ten, post your answers in Santa’s letterbox in Wayfarers Arcade, and you will be entered into the draw to win an iPad!  You can also send your answers to info@southportbid.com

This is provided by Southport BID and will run until 3rd January.


6 – Southport Makers Market 

The final Southport Makers Market of 2021 takes place 11am-4pm this Sunday (5th December) on Market Street, adjacent to the side of Southport Market.

Expect dozens of artisan market stalls selling great gift ideas in the run-up to Christmas.

There’s going to be plenty of Christmas spirit from music to gifts, crafts to jewellery and much more.


7 – Christmas comes to Southport Market 

Southport Market has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland – complete with a new movie room where families can enjoy free festive films!

Throughout December, people can enjoy PG or U rated films which will include: Frozen, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, It’s A Wonderful Life, Elf and others.

Stunning festive decorations have seen the venue adorned with amazing garlands, giant baubles along with an eye-catching tunnel of light at the entrance.

Children will be able to visit the market’s special North Pole post office drop-off to ensure their letters to Santa are delivered in time for the big day.

The Christmas movies take place from Saturday, 11th December to Thursday, 30th December.


8 – Trail of Trees

Look out for five more trees accompanying the ‘main’ Lord Street festive tree around town this year.

There will be selfie spots nearby, encouraging people to find them all and take a picture.

Find all five illuminated Christmas trees and take a picture from each of the five selfie spots close by.

Post your pictures from the selfie spots across social media, tagging Southport BID and using #SouthportChristmas for your chance to win a £50 Southport Gift Card.

Provided by Southport BID, this runs between 27th November and 3rd January.


9 – Christmas Sleigh

The Gingerbread Family have left their trusty sleigh at Ocean Plaza.  Visit the sleigh and take your best photograph. The Sleigh is wheelchair accessible.

Post your pictures across social media, tagging Southport BID and using #SouthportChristmas for your chance to win a £50 Southport Gift Card.

Provided by Southport BID, this runs between 27th November and 3rd January.


10 – Gingerbread Family Photo-shoot

Strike a pose with some of the Gingerbread Family at Central 12 retail park on Derby Road.

Post your pictures across social media, tagging Southport BID and using #SouthportChristmas for your chance to win a £50 Southport Gift Card.

Provided by Southport BID, this runs between 27th November and 3rd January.


11 – Cinderella at The Atkinson 

Claire Sweeney stars in this pantomime at The Atkinson on Lord Street from Friday 10 December 2021 to Sunday 2 January 2022.

Bring the whole family to Cinderella, a spellbinding new Christmas pantomime staged in The Atkinson’s traditional theatre.

Cinderella, her wicked Stepmother, the jealous stepsisters, the loveable Buttons, a dreamy Prince Charming and of course Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother will all be making an appearance onstage.

You can expect to see some famous faces in this traditional panto with a modern twist; accomplished actress, incredible singer and TV personality Claire Sweeney stars as the Fairy Godmother.

Joining Claire on stage are regular panto pro’s Mia Molloy (Mam, I’m Ere!) as Cinderella, Lewis Pryor (Britain’s Got Talent) as Buttons, Alex Patmore (Blood Brothers) as Prince Charming as well as Tom Burroughs (Local Southport Actor) & Michael Chapman (Beloved Panto Dame) as The Ugly Sisters.

Visit: www.theatkinson.co.uk


12 – Winter Light Trail 

A spectacular after dark light trail is taking place in Southport.

The captivating Luminate light trail weaves a 1.2km long route around the grounds at the beautiful Victoria Park.

The stunning new event will run until Thursday, 23rd December, starting at 4.30pm each night.

Tickets for the light trail are booked on a starting time slot basis, but you can take as long as you like walking the magical trail.

Visit: luminate.live/southport


13 – Queenscourt Hospice Santa Sprint 

People of all ages are being invited to sign for this year’s Queenscourt Hospice Santa Sprint, in either the 3k or 5k category.

A Queenscourt Hospice spokesperson said: “We are delighted to say this festive event is back on Sunday 12th December 2021!

“Join in this event with hundreds of Santas and help raise funds for Queenscourt Hospice.

“This year’s event has kindly been sponsored by Silcock’s and by Hickory’s Smokehouse.

“This is our 12th year so please help us celebrate! We would love you to get in the Christmas spirit and join in this fun event for all the family, even the dog can participate!”

Every participant will receive a Santa suit to wear as they enjoy the route which starts outside Silcok’s Funland at the entrance to Southport Pier. The route then goes around Marine Lake.

All participants will also receive a medal and a complimentary hot drink, courtesy of Silcock’s.

The Old Bank on Lord Street is offering a coffee and a slice of cake to anyone who has taken part in the Santa Sprint following the race.

Closing date for online entry is midday on Thursday, 9th December.

To sign up for the 2021 Queenscourt Hospice Santa Sprint in Southport please visit: www.queenscourt.org.uk


14 – Robin Hood 

Panto lovers will enjoy Robin Hood at Southport Little Theatre on Hoghton Street, Southport town centre, from 17th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022.

Robin Hood has pledged to rid Southport of the dastardly Sheriff of Wigon.

The Sheriff and his band of evil cut-throats kidnap Robin’s mother and her faithful cow, threatening their imminent execution. Can Robin and his band of Merry Men from Hesketh Park save the day?

An old fashioned Panto with all the best singing, hissing and booing bits…and with a modern twist.

Visit: www.littletheatresouthport.co.uk


15 – Christmas movies at Southport Bijou Cinema 

Sit back and enjoy some of the greatest festive movies of all time at the Bijou Cinema, on Post Office Avenue in Southport town centre.

Throughout December, you can enjoy classics such as: White Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, Last Christmas, Die Hard, Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life and more.

Visit: southportbijoucinema.co.uk


16 – Outdoor Christmas Market 

A vibrant festive market is coming to Market Street, alongside the side of Southport Market, this Christmas.  Expect to find plenty of local crafts, gifts and treats.

Open Daily: 10am – 6pm.

The event runs from Friday, 10th December until Thursday, 23rd December.


17 – Boxing Day Fancy Dress

Everyone in Southport is invited to get on your best fancy dress costume and head into the town centre for a great night out!

Bars across the town centre will be taking part. Help us to add some colour to the proceedings.


18 – The Snow Queen 

All Souls Dramatic Club presents their production of The Snow Queen pantomime at The Atkinson in Southport from Thursday, 13 January 2022 to Sunday, 23 January 2022.

All Souls Dramatic Club return to The Atkinson with a brand new adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. The local amateur theatre company have been performing at The Atkinson since the mid 1970s and promise to bring a spectacular and magical pantomime.

Visit: www.theatkinson.co.uk

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