Christmas Ice Festival
Christmas at the Pier Head
Whether Christmas is something you love or you loathe, it's coming. When it comes to making the most of the festive season we're spoilt for choice this year. Liverpool One have already whacked their tree up and brought back the karaoke bar underneath, St George's Hall is playing host to an alley of festive market stalls and now the Ice Festival at the Pier Head has returned bigger and bolder than before. Here's 4 reasons you should squeeze in to your winter woollies and head down to the waterfront in the next couple of weeks to check it out.
1. The View
Almost every day I marvel at the beauty of our skyline as I scroll absent-mindedly through photographs on my Instagram feed. How often do I go and see it in person? Rarely. The Ice Festival couldn't be in a better location if it tried. Slap bang in-between The Liver Buildings and the Mersey you get to celebrate the best of the festivities whilst admiring the city from it's best angle. If you don't mind the heights then make sure you see it from above at the top of the Ferris Wheel.
2. The Adrenaline
Jam-packed full of rides, you can spin, swirl, scream (and vomit) your way through the weekend if you choose. We were feeling a little cowardly but had a go of the Ice Slide (scarier than it looks) and the Ice-Rink. I even got my mum on them!
3. The Food
Ah, now would anywhere ever be worth going to if it didn't include eating? With all the best of the season in the one place you can nibble (or gobble- depending on your mood) your way around the stalls. Think Sausages, Roast Pork, Crepes and all the melted chocolate. I went for a Bockwurst, like a traditional hot dog sausage with a rich, smoky flavour. Sehr gut.
4. The Drinks
Drinking at the Ice Festival comes in two forms- very cold or very hot.
f you like a bit of a chill in the air come Winter then you can get your kicks (and a shot of something strong) in the Ice Bar whilst admiring the rather enchanting ice-sculptures. Bring gloves- even the glasses are made of ice.
If you'd rather be nice and toasty like me, then pull up a seat in one of the many log cabins, order yourself a mulled wine or a Baileys Hot Chocolate and let yourself slowly defrost. Heaven!
If you think it's too soon for all of this Christmas talk then not to worry- The Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival at the Pier Head is on until the 7th Jan. Enjoy!