As a proud Mancunian and winter enthusiast, I make several trips to the Christmas markets in Manchester every year. However, in order to fully embrace the Christmas spirit in 2022, I journeyed to our neighbours – or rivals, depending on who you ask: Liverpool’s Christmas markets. 

In a prime location for visitors, the markets are set up in a cosy circle formation just outside of Liverpool Lime Street station. As you weave your way through the hustle and bustle of business travellers, students returning home, and daily commuters, you are greeted by a festive sight as you exit the station. 

The usual favourites are there – Bratwurst stands with an assortment of flavours (I tried the cheesy one and wasn’t disappointed), mulled wine, hot chocolate stalls, roasted chestnuts, and more. There’s also a marshmallow roasting stall, something I hadn’t seen at the Manchester markets, watched by parents, enthusiastic toddlers and children.

Also available at the Liverpool Christmas markets are funfair games and miniature rides for children. Amusement park-style rides are tucked away in between the teepee bar and a Chinese food stall, and for £5 you can try your hand and win a human-child-sized husky plush toy. 

With the backdrop of St John’s Gardens, golden lights twinkle in the trees as the sun sets, creating a romantic, magical, Christmas feeling.

Liverpool’s markets are open until Christmas Eve. For more information, click here. 

By Beth Smith