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16 Nov - 22 Dec 2024

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An Enchanted Encounter with Father Christmas and His Elves at Kings Dock next to The Wheel of Liverpool!


In the heart of Christmas-Shire, a wondrous place where dreams come true, the elves are bustling with preparations for the most magical day of the year.

Father Christmas and his dedicated team of elves are working tirelessly to ensure everything is ready for the big day. All the letters must be read and catalogued, presents must be selected and wrapped, and most important of all, they must ensure the sleigh is in full working order, ready for its incredible journey around the world.

And don’t forget the one special ingredient needed to make all this possible. Magic!

But this year, something unexpected has happened – the reserves of Christmas magic have dwindled! Nutmeg the Elf, the beloved keeper of the magic, has discovered a mysterious leak and urgently needs your help to replenish the magic stores.


Experience Christmas like never before with an interactive performance where you are part of the story. This is a behind the scenes (never seen before), full access to the Christmas-Shire.

Join the Shire-Elves as they welcome you into their enchanted homes.

Book your ticket to receive details of this secret experience, your itinerary and more. Be reassured your space is booked and your magical memories are being planned.


• A Secret Entrance: Book your ticket to receive exclusive details about the secret entrance to Christmas-Shire, your personalised itinerary, and more. Rest assured, your space is reserved, and your magical memories are being crafted with care.

• Engaging Storytelling: Be captivated by heart-warming tales and vibrant characters, each bringing the spirit of Christmas to life.

• Meet and Greet with Father Christmas: Every child will have the chance to meet Father Christmas in person, share their wishes, and take plenty of photos to cherish the moment.

• An Ethical Present: The Big Man himself will gift each child with a thoughtful, ethically sourced present, adding an extra touch of magic to your visit.

• Don’t miss this enchanting experience that promises to create lasting memories for you and your family. Nutmeg and the elves are counting on your help to restore the magic of Christmas!

Have a sneaky peek at last year’s Christmas experience event at Arley Hall:



This is an interactive family experience, every member of the family will require a ticket.

• Child ticket (2-15 years) from £20-£25 + booking fee

• Adult tickets (16+ years) from £10- £15 + booking fee

• Toddler tickets (up to 4 year olds) £10 + booking fee. Limited weekday shorter 30 min sessions specifically designed for pre-schoolers.

• Under 1s free

• Meet Father Christmas – includes sustainable gift worth £8 RRP with child tickets

• The experience lasts 45 minutes

• 4 interactive performance spaces

• Quiet relaxed performances available

• Plenty of photo opportunities

Book your tickets now and become a part of the Christmas-Shire magic at Kings Dock (next to the Wheel of Liverpool).

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From the south...

Avanti West Coast operates hourly, direct services from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street (with a journey time of just over two hours). Other long-distance rail services also operate into Liverpool Lime Street station.

M&S Bank Arena is a 20-minute walk from Lime Street or a short taxi ride. You can also transfer at Lime Street onto the underground Wirral Line trains to James Street station (10 minute walk) or catch the CityLink Route C4 (7am – 8pm) directly to the venue. If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to James Street station from Lime Street station, inclusive of the cost of your train ticket.

Most Liverpool city centre bound buses will call at either Queen Square bus station (a 15-minute walk) or Liverpool ONE Bus Station, which is only a five minute walk to M&S Bank Arena.

For further information on bus routes within Merseyside, you can visit https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/customer-information/routes-and-maps/

For up-to-date information on all bus, train and ferry services, call Traveline Merseyside on 0871 200 22 33, open 8am – 8pm, 364 days a year or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk

For all car journeys it's best to follow the white on brown tourist route signs for the Waterfront. These signs are visible on the major routes into the city. Exhibition Centre Liverpool is situated on the Kings Dock directly adjacent to the south side of the Albert Dock. Upon arrival, the Kings Dock entrance is clearly sign posted.

From the North...

Leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to end of M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront. 

From the South...

Leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for Waterfront. 

Flying into Liverpool John Lennon Airport...

A taxi from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes or the express bus service Route 500 will take approximately 25 minutes, dropping you off within a five minute walk of M&S Bank Arena, while Manchester’s international airport is just 45 minutes away by car.

Our new on-site temporary multi-deck car park is now open.

Kings Dock Car Park

There are 1450 parking spaces available in the on-site Kings Dock Car Park, with accessible bays and electric charging points on every floor.

Kings Dock Car Park

There is plenty of parking nearby too, more information on driving to the venue and parking can be found here.