Christmas is fast approaching and we can’t let those looming deadlines stop us from getting into the festive spirit. Here is The Sphinx’s comprehensive guide to help you enjoy the vast array of events on offer in December.

SoulJam – Festive Funk (Wednesday 5th December, Constellations)

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Before the semester ends, take time to decompress and escape deadline pressure with a trip to Constellations to funk up the festivities. Expect the usual soul, funk and disco tracks, with a few added festive surprises to get you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are available here!

Exhibxtchin’ (Wednesday 5th December, 24 Kitchen Street)

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Celebrating their first birthday, Exhibxtchin’ is back showcasing local women DJs. Hosted by a feminist organisation with the aim of creating a safer club culture, Exhibxtchin’ is a great opportunity to listen to some tunes whilst also supporting RASA Merseyside who help those affected by sexual violence. The lineup includes: Humble Abode’s Scherbatsky AKA Abbie Morris, Melodic Distraction’s Lupini AKA Nina Franklin. Tickets are available here!

Wuthering Nights (Saturday 8th December, 24 Kitchen Street)

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Go and live your Kate Bush dreams under an ivy-covered mirror ball on an emotional journey of Kate Bush’s best tracks, as well as the sounds of artists influenced by Kate including: Florence + The Machine, Bowie, Bjork, Annie Lennox, Enya, The Knife, Shakespear’s Sister, Fleetwood Mac and more. There will also be free capes, bespoke takeaway artwork, a glitter makeover station and Kate knickers. Dressing up is highly encouraged. Tickets are available here!

Tate Liverpool: Inside Perspective (Daily until December 9th, FREE)

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Tate Liverpool is hosting a presentation of artwork from prisoners across the country, inspired by the Op Art exhibition currently on display. ‘Inside perspective’ aims to allow prisoners to express their perspective through the use of optical effects made possible by the experimentation with lines, shapes and colours. This project is organised social enterprise Novus, who deliver education, training and employability services to adults and young people in UK prisons. It’s also a great opportunity to get down to the Docks and enjoy some art outside of the typical festivities.

A Celebration of Christmas (Saturday 15th December, Metropolitan Cathedral)

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The Metropolitan Cathedral’s official ‘Celebration of Christmas’ is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Join BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips, the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir and some special guests to sing along to classic carols, listen to some traditional readings and celebrate Christmas. Tickets are priced at £5 each and available to purchase here.

A Christmas Carol (Wednesday 19th- Thursday 20th December, St. George’s Hall Concert Room)

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For an alternative to the usual Christmas performances of Charles Dickens’s classic, St George’s Hall is hosting Gerald Dickens, the Great-Great-Grandson of the celebrated author. As both a great actor and storyteller, Gerald Dickens’s performance is well worth attending in the atmospheric venue, reminiscent of Charles Dickens’s own ‘penny readings’ on the very same stage. Tickets are available here!

Liverpool Christmas Markets (Until 23rd December, St. George’s Hall, FREE)

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Liverpool’s Christmas Markets house more than 40 traditional-style festive cabins offering up an assortment of tempting Christmas gifts including: handmade jewellery, festive decorations, hand-painted ceramic plates, scarves and edible gifts. There is also the opportunity to try some great seasonal food, such as Yorkshire pudding wraps, mezze platters, hog roasts, salt and pepper sui mai, bratwurst and gourmet burgers; along with crepes, Belgian waffles, muffins and cupcakes for those looking for something sweeter. If that wasn’t enough to entice you, the Windmill Bar has also returned, serving traditional beers, mulled wine, hot chocolate and other festive drinks.

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival (Until 6th January 2019, Pier head)

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The ice rink is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. The covered outdoor ice rink provides you with the opportunity to skate under a clear canopy with a scenic backdrop of the three graces. If the ice rink doesn’t take your fancy, the UK’s largest real ice slide is right on your door step this December, with three 30m runs you need to try if you’re looking for a buzz of adrenaline. Situated 6m above the park, the slide gives you a fast and beautiful view of the festival as well as the world-famous water front. Make sure to go in the evening when it’s all lit up for maximum effect. Beyond the ice slide, there are several more relaxed rides and games including a Victorian Helter Skelter, Santa’s Dumbo ride, Santa’s Train, Tea Cups. The ice festival also features the UK’s Only Ice Jet Ride, the Ice Blast Booster, the Mega Mix or the Ski Jump a try. If none of these options call to you, there’s the Ferris Wheel which is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the festival below you.

Open everyday offering great value, freshly prepared food, the pop-up food and drink stalls are more than worth a visit. Try the hot chocolate, coffees, teas and mulled wines or sample a hot roast roll, stone baked pizza or crepe smothered in delicious hot chocolate for a little bit of food heaven.

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