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  • All aboard... for a festive special in Liverpool!

    Malcolm Hindle

    The festive season is now in full swing in Liverpool and this year Yuletide visitors will be able to get a unique ‘ticket to ride’ on the Polar Adventure!

    Departing from a specially built station on Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE, the Christmas Express will take passengers on an enchanting 30-45 minutes ‘North Pole’ experience, complete with festive music, dancing and even a hot chocolate pit stop.

    Led by the ‘Jolly Station Master’ and their team of porters, the train ride offers a range of captivating Christmas activities fit for the whole family to enjoy.

    Christmas in Liverpool looks set to be the most magical yet and the Champion was invited along to see just what Liverpool can offer seasonal visitors this year.

    Liverpool is in the top three UK cities to visit but there’s no better time to enjoy it than at Christmas.

    Much-loved favourites such as Bar Hutte makes a welcome return underneath the 30 metre-tall Christmas ‘love heart’ tree on Paradise Street while The Ice Festival at the Pier Head is back complete with ice skating, thrill rides and stalls. Meanwhile, across the city can be found the traditional Christmas markets located outside the magnificent St George’s Hall.

    So Liverpool is definitely ready to deck the halls again this year.

    But it’s not just Christmas that awaits the Yuletide visitor. Of course, no visit to Liverpool would be complete without mention of the Beatles.

    On the city’s iconic Matthew Street you’ll find the Magical Beatles Museum - three floors full of original and unique Beatles memorabilia. The museum was only opened last year by Roag Best, brother of the original Beatles drummer, Pete Best.

    Staying on a musical theme, Liverpool is also now home to the British Music Experience. It’s housed in the Cunard Building on the waterfront and tells the story of British music with everything from the swinging sixties to Brit Pop and even the X Factor. It’s a feast of delights for those with an interest in our musical culture.

    New in Liverpool this year is the Liverpool Light Spectacular - a magical light tunnel situated in Church Alley (off Church Street) where, every half hour, there’s a spectacular light display set to music including some old festive favourites.

    The Champion was the guest of the Quest Apartment Hotel, fully serviced and right in the heart of the city centre on Church Street. Quest is an Australian company and only opened in Liverpool in September. The city is home to its first venture in the UK outside of London and well worth considering for a stay with large airy rooms decorated to the highest standard and a real ‘home from home’.

    Lunch on the Champion’s visit to Liverpool was provided by Silk Road on Hope Street, next to The Philharmonic - a local tapas restaurant that deliciously explores the flavours and dishes of food from the Pacific to the Med! Well worth a visit.

    Dinner was provided courtesy of The Clubhouse situated on Chavasse Park at Liverpool ONE offering everything from burgers and pies to hanging kebabs, and also definitely recommended!

    Tickets for the Polar Adventure are provided by Ticket Quarter, the city region’s box office. For further information on the train and to find out more about what’s happening across Liverpool this festive season visit www.visitliverpool.com/christmas


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