CHRISTMAS officially arrives in Liverpool this week as the city kicks off the festive season with a huge street party.

Visitors from across the region and beyond are invited to ONE Big Christmas Street Party on Friday, November 15 from 4 to 8pm, featuring special performances from the city region’s panto stars, including home-grown talents such as actress Claire Sweeney; comedienne Crissy Rock; and Radio City favourite Leanne Campbell.

The stars will give party-goers a glimpse of what to expect when they take to the stage at theatres across Liverpool and Wirral this panto season, offering an exclusive first look before the curtains go up.

ONE Big Christmas Street Party will also include live performances from Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) artists and a string of local choirs, including Liverpool Show Choir, Sing Me Merseyside, Pop Vox Choir and Kaboodle, while a group of ‘naughty elves’ will be making their return this year to entertain visitors.

Donna Howitt, Marketing Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “Liverpool is in the top three UK cities to visit and there’s no better time to enjoy it than at Christmas.

"This festive season in Liverpool is truly shaping up to be one to remember – we have an absolutely packed calendar of events and what better way to kick it all off than with a street party!

"We’re delighted to bring together the region’s theatre stars, performers and artists to offer families an evening they won’t forget, and it’s completely free.”

Among the events planned this Christmas at Liverpool ONE is the Polar Adventure, a magical land train experience on Chavasse Park where passengers can enjoy a hot chocolate, entertainment inside festive yurts and Christmas arts and crafts.

Much-loved favourites such as Bar Hutte – complete with festive ‘carol-oke’ – will also be making its return underneath the Christmas tree on Paradise Street.

Who you can see on Friday:

South John Street – Panto stage 4-8pm

  • Studio 10 –  Elves Flash Mob
  • Floral Pavilion – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Epstein Theatre – Cinderella
  • The Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – Sleeping Beauty
  • M&S Bank Arena – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • M&S Bank Arena – Elf

Sugar House Steps – Choir stage 4-8pm

  • Daisy Gill (LIMF Academy)
  • Lydiah (LIMF Academy)
  • Liverpool Show Choir
  • Sing Me Merseyside
  • Pop Vox Choir
  • Kaboodle

Paradise Street – LIMF Academy artists 4-8pm

  • Kyami
  • Podge
  • Mary Miller
  • Tee
  • LUNA
  • Sub Blue

Galleria (outside ODEON) – LIMF Academy artists 4-8pm

  • Nora
  • Alex Hulme
  • Sola
  • Astles
  • Jazmine Johnson
  • Michael Aldag

Peter’s Lane – LIMF Academy artists 4-8pm

  • Gazelle
  • New Junior
  • Shak Omar
  • Remee

Walkabout Acts – across Liverpool ONE 4-8pm

Acts will also be walking around including the Christmas Belles, Cocky Robins, Roller Skating Presents, Carol Singing Christmas Crackers, and new acts like Holly and Ivy, Maitre Deer, Elves and the Goodometer.

Times and locations of acts are subject to change.

You can check the itinerary on the day by clicking here