Christmas in Southport

Sarah Gaffney-Lang, Families Editor
Christmas tree - part of Christmas in Southport
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Christmas in Southport at The Atkinson, Southport 20 November 2019 — 2 January 2020 Entrance is free — Visit now

Something magical is taking place this Christmas in Southport, guaranteed to have the whole family feeling festive. The charming town of Southport, only an hour from Manchester, has brought a traditional Christmas tale to life with the arrival of a band of Nutcracker toy soldiers.

The beautiful story of the Nutcracker is a much loved Christmas classic, with it’s famous score by Tchaikovsky. If you’ve ever wondered what’s festive about the story, according to German folklore, traditional Nutcrackers were given as keepsakes at Christmas to bring luck to the family and protect the home from evil spirits and danger. Well evil spirits won’t stand a chance in Southport with these Nutcracker figures, which stand at 6ft tall!

Nutcracker figure, part of Christmas in Southport

Families are invited to follow the festive trail and find all ten of these larger than life characters. The figures have marched in to Southport and will be standing to attention in various spots around town until 2nd January. Whether you’ve visited Southport before or are new to the town, following the Nutcracker trail is a fantastic way to discover some of the treasures this seaside town has to offer. If that isn’t enough motivation though, find the names of all ten of the figures and you can enter a prize draw to win an iPad mini! Find Santa’s post box in Wayfarers Shopping Arcade at the end of the trail and drop your completed form in (winner to be drawn in January).

Alongside the toy soldiers Southport has brand new Christmas lights for 2019, with beautiful star motifs illuminating the skies and a stunning 60ft LED Christmas tree, producing light shows that will have the little ones in awe. The whole family will love this year’s pantomime as well, with Jack and the Bean Stalk running at Southport Theatre until 29th December.

Inside the christmas tree - part of Christmas in Southport

Over at the The Atkinson, Southport’s very own multi-arts institution, a spectacular production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will unfold on 7th December. For more ghostly goings on join them for the eagerly awaited production of a Christmas Gothic on 12th December.

Southport is a great choice for anyone looking for a festive mini break, with the chance to do some unique Christmas shopping. Attracting a big tourist audience all year round, the town offers a retail experience that combines the big high street names with authentic independent shopping. Perfect for stocking fillers and original gift ideas. Discover the charm of Southport with it’s Victorian shopping arcades and tree-lined boulevards. And when you’re ready to refuel, whether it’s a quick hot chocolate or a fine dining experience, there’s plenty of choice.

This Christmas get yourself a Nutcracker selfie! Don’t forget to share using #SouthportNutcrackers

Christmas in Southport at The Atkinson, Southport 20 November 2019 — 2 January 2020 Entrance is free Visit now


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Where to go near Christmas in Southport

Tourist Attraction
Town Hall Gardens

The Town Hall Gardens is a perfect spot to recharge your batteries whilst out and about in Southport.

Southport Pier

Southport Pier opened in 1860, making it the oldest iron pier in Great Britiain. It is also the second-longest in the country.

Southport Seafront
Southport Seafront

As well as being home to the Southport Air Show, there are many nostalgic seaside delights on Southport’s seafront, including the iconic pier.

Victoria Park

In Southport’s town centre is Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show, Southport Food and Drink Festival and the British Musical Fireworks Championship

Formby Beach

A beautiful National Trust beach which emerges from glorious coastal pinewoods. The ideal spot for walking the dog and spying red squirrels.

Moor Hall

Fine dining in a renovated grade II listed manor house. Offering some of the country’s most innovative dishes in beautiful surroundings.

Number One South Beach
Number One South Beach

Set just south of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, guests will find Number One South Beach has stunning sea views, a stylish restaurant and its own golf simulator, complete with waiter service.

White Tower Restaurant

The White Tower is renowned for its spectacular views of the sea and the famous Blackpool promenade, and its outstanding service.

Tourist Attraction
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Home to over 125 rides and attractions, including the world famous Big One and Infusion, the world’s only suspended looping coaster completely over water. Pleasure Beach Arena is also home to the Hot Ice show, the longest running ice show in the world.

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