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  • Christmas in Liverpool - the Champion savours some festive treats in the city

    Malcolm Hindle

    WHEN it comes to celebrating the festive season, Liverpool has it all wrapped up!

    The city is once again putting on its best Christmas coat and pulling out all the stops to make the run-up to the big day a real cracker.

    The Champion spent 24 hours in the city and it didn’t disappoint with yuletide merriment in plentiful supply.

    At the heart of shopping is, of course, Liverpool ONE - the perfect place to undertake some serious Christmas gift hunting. Home to high street favourites and a host of designer stores, Liverpool ONE is a shopping paradise and the ideal location to pick up those all-important presents.

    All that present buying can leave you a little weary though, but no worries, with restaurants and eating establishments in plentiful supply you certainly won’t go short of somewhere to take a well earned break.

    We tried Yard and Coop in Hanover Street where you won’t find much turkey but you will find plenty of chicken! Yard and Coop is a favourite stop off point for a bite to eat and is known for its chicken dishes of all shapes, sizes and variations.

    The Royal Albert Dock has geared up for the festive season with its ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ which launched last Thursday evening. The iconic dock is celebrating Christmas in style and visitors can soak up the seasonal atmosphere and enjoy the festive spirit in one of Liverpool’s most picturesque locations.

    With an array of restaurants on hand all around the dock, in the evening we headed to LunyaLita, a Spanish inspired tapas which has quickly become a real favourite. LunyaLita now boasts two restaurants in the city (the other in Hanover Street) and a venue in Manchester.

    Our overnight stay was at the Aloft Hotel, North John Street in the city centre - a hip hotel housed in the iconic Grade II-listed former Royal Insurance Building, and ideally located for all of Liverpool’s attractions.

    Recharged, the following morning we headed down to Liverpool’s Pier Head where the city’s Christmas Ice Festival is in full swing - complete with Bavarian stalls and festive-themed fairground rides and a huge covered ice-skating rink.

    For those less inclined for physical activity, the waterfront is also the location of the Museum of Liverpool where the Double Fantasy exhibition tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono through their own words. It was specially curated by Yoko herself.

    A visit to Liverpool at this time of year wouldn’t be complete without the Christmas Market and once again it is situated on St George’s Plateau outside the magnificent St George’s Hall. Here you will find stalls from all over the world.

    Our stay was rounded off with lunch at Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant on Castle Street where supercool Neopolitan vibe is assured in the celebrity chef’s biggest and best ‘My Restaurant’! As well as classic, Italian dishes, there are plenty of treats to enjoy here, day or night, rain or shine and is the perfect place to celebrate a trip to Liverpool.

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