Christmas at National Museums Liverpool

Thu, November 21st, 2019

Festive family fun at National Museums Liverpool starts in a big way

Festive family fun at National Museums Liverpool starts in a big way with the return of Blackler’s Santa at the Museum of Liverpool on Tuesday 19 November (until 8 January 2020).

A firm favourite for generations of Liverpool children, the 18 ft Santa figure was originally part of the famous grotto experience at Blackler’s Department Store, a must-see for many local families from 1957 until the store closed in 1988.
Since arriving into National Museums Liverpool’s collection he continues to delight visitors as he towers over the Museum of Liverpool’s Atrium during the festive period, welcoming families in from the cold.

Recently winning a public vote in the Kids in Museums’ Family Friendly Awards, Museum of Liverpool is packed with activities throughout the Christmas period, which is a great time for visiting any one of National Museums Liverpool’s venues. From superb exhibitions and festive-themed events, to cafés well-stocked with treats and shops full of unique gift ideas, a visit to a museum or gallery is a must this Christmas.

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Museum of Liverpool

Christmas badge making
23, 24, 30 November
11am – 12.30pm
Be inspired by the giant Blackler’s Santa and make your own Christmas-themed badge.

Relax and create
27, 28, 29, 30 December
11am – 1.30pm + 1.30 – 4pm
Take a break from the Christmas rush and join a seasonal art and craft sessions.

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Crafty Christmas Sunday lunch
1 December
12 - 4pm
Adults £19.95, children £15.95
Enjoy a two-course Sunday roast and a family-friendly bauble making activity. Pre-booking essential.

Festive lunches
12, 19 December
Adults £27.95
Celebrate the festive season with friends with a midweek two-course lunch. Pre booking essential.

Christmas ‘crafternoon’ tea with Santa
21 December
12 - 4pm
Adults £17.95, children £11.95
Enjoy a Christmas-style ‘crafternoon’ tea, take part in an 'Elf Masterclass' and meet Santa, who will of course have lovely gifts for good children to take home and keep. Pre-booking essential.

Polar, the Titanic bear
22 December
11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
Hear the adventures of Polar the Titanic bear based on a story originally written by Titanic survivor, Daisy Corning Stone Spedden, for her son, Douglas.

Christmas crafts at Seized!
7, 15 December
1 – 4pm
Get into the festive spirit, take time out and create a decoration to take home with you.

New Year badge making at Seized!
29, 30 December
1 – 4pm
Think of a New Year's resolution or dream for 2020 and design your own badge to take away.

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors
Until March 2020
Make it the most colourful Christmas yet with a stroll around Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, a vibrant exhibition featuring more than 30 beautiful prints by the French master.

Lady Lever Christmas
7 December
1 – 4pm
The beautiful Port Sunlight village makes a dreamy wintry backdrop for a day of festivities, carols, crafts and performances at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Sudley House

Sudley Christmas
8 December
1 – 4pm
This Victorian merchant’s house contains a remarkable collection of art, from Pre-Raphaelite treasures to beautiful Turners. Discover the Holt family collection and enjoy Christmas crafts, yuletide tales and merry music.

Walker Art Gallery

An English lady’s wardrobe
Until 1 March 2020
Looking for the perfect dress for the party season? The Walker’s new exhibition, An English lady’s wardrobe, is a beautiful selection of outfits from the wardrobe of one Liverpool lady from 1910 to 1939. It features daywear and outdoor wear but it’s the evening dresses which really dazzle and wouldn’t look out of place on the 2019 Christmas dance floor!

World Museum

Taki Katei: Drawing on Nature
Until 13 April 2020

If the Christmas shopping gets too hectic escape to the imperial courts of 19th century Japan. The beautiful artwork of Taki Katei depicts the exquisite flora and fauna of the country, as the exhibition explores how these treasures found their way halfway around the world in Liverpool. Taki Katei: Drawing on Nature is the first exhibition of the artist’s work outside Japan.

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