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Somethings for the Christmas weekend

Carols and grottos and all that

Written by . Published on December 23rd 2011.

Somethings for the Christmas weekend

Christmas grotto at the farm
Don’t wanna risk Santa coming down your chimney this Christmas? Apparently, a visit to the Grotto at Croxteth Home Farm is one of the most original Santa visits you can make. At least, according to the organisers of Santa’s grotto there.

The ruts will not only meet friendly Father Christmas (and his helper elves), have their picture taken together and also get a present, but also can look around the farm during the winter months and meet the animals – always a favourite!

Santa even has his own log cabin on the Farm and there is a life sized nativity scene.

The farm is famous for its collection of Rare Breed livestock, including breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, hens, and other farm animals from all over Britain, displayed in the historic Victorian farmyard. A trip to the park can be fun for other reasons too, with plenty of space to run and play on their two playgrounds in Liverpool’s best countryside.

The City’s biggest park has a nature reserve, fields, ponds and woodland to walk around on a series of paths through the grounds of Croxteth Hall, the mansion that was formerly the home of the Earls of Sefton. The beautiful mansion house dates back to Tudor times but is best known for its imposing Queen Anne wing which is over 300 years old.

Christmas grotto at the farm, Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool, Daily, tickets £7.50 per child


White Christmas
With an ensemble of over thirty and a dynamic 17 piece orchestra, this dazzling musical is full of tap dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family.

Brimming with classic Irving Berlin hits like Blue Skies, How Deep is the Ocean, Happy Holiday, Sisters and of course the unforgettable title song White Christmas, it tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the process.

Arriving at the Liverpool Empire after a smash hit sell out run last year in Sunderland, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

The Musical was first brought to the UK stage in 2006 by the Producers of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, appearing at the Plymouth Theatre Royal and The Mayflower Theatre Southampton. In 2007 it broke box office records at the Edinburgh Playhouse and Wales Millennium Centre. It played to sold out houses at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway (outselling Wicked) for the holiday season a year back.

White Christmas the musical, Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Saturday 24th December, tickets £35


If you’re thinking about getting down to something a little different this Christmas, an African festive period workshop might be your cup of tea.

Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966.

The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism

It is an essential part of African culture, and can be enjoyed in Liverpool this festive time.

Learn about the African American festival Kwanzaa and have a go at making a Kwanzaa greetings card.

Kwanzaa Cards, International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Saturday 24th December, Free entry

Christmas Carols
But, if you’re more inclined for traditional Christmas, and fancy straining those voice chords a little, there’s something for you as well.

Liverpool Cathedral is offering a short service of carols and readings with familiar Christmas hymns and prayers at the crib. This isn’t slang for their premises though, they actually mean crib in the original sense. Apparently, it is an ideal preparation for Christmas Day, especially for those with young children.

For history buffs, the cathedral has a profound meaning. From the very early days of its origins and then starting to build just after the turn of the 20th Century, 74 long, hard, but rewarding years, the unfolding story of this great cathedral, the largest in the whole of the UK and the fifth largest in the world, is both fascinating and quite unique. It managed to survive two World Wars, periods of recession and great hardship in this once famous and important port of Liverpool to become a tribute to the dedication of a great many people and their skills.

Now, it offers the perfect chance to tune into your festive spirit.

Carols for Christmas Eve, Liverpool Cathedral, St James' Mount, Saturday 24th December, from pm, free entry

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Absinthe & TurksDecember 25th 2011.

Father Christmas is the REAL THING. "Santa" wears glasses and looks like a child molester.

Dan D. Lyon & Bert DockDecember 26th 2011.

There's something very unnatural in any adult - and particularly an elderly gentleman - to be drinking children's tooth-rot Coca Cola.

RochesterDecember 26th 2011.

"It is an essential part of African culture" - hardly!

It has nothing to do with Africa, it is an American invention and the United States kept slaves long after the rest of the West had banned slavery and the U.S. denied human rights to its black citizens until very recently.

The Americans also invented the 'N***er Minstrel Show' - will the Mueum be staging one of those too?

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