2023 is here and it feels like just yesterday we celebrated the start of 2022! Whilst our brains are probably stuck in 2022 (or writing 2021 alongside our signatures), the new year brings plenty of fresh opportunities and experiences, including tons of fantastic things to do this January in Liverpool.
1. See a world-class ballet
Varna Ballet and Orchestra will visit Liverpool Empire Theatre January 23-25 for the first time ever. These acclaimed ballerinas and musicians will bring to life Swan Lake (January 24), The Nutcracker (January 25) and Giselle (January 23).
It’s going to be an unmissable experience for fans of ballet, and an incredible opportunity to see a breathtaking performance for those who have never been to watch ballet. Tickets are £13.00 per person and you can grab yours here.
2. Enjoy a doggy brunch with your pooch
On January 14 Nova Scotia’s doggy brunch will return, with more dates planned for the future. Doggies get breakfast and a puppacino and humans are, of course, also catered for.
Each pawrent will receive a free breakfast brioche and a warm drink to enjoy in this lovely dockside restaurant. It’s £10 per person and perfect for a treat after a morning walk, at 8.30 am.
3. Visit the Forbidden Forest Experience
Okay, so this one isn’t strictly in Liverpool (or Merseyside, sorry) but you can’t afford to miss it. The Forbidden Forest Experience has attracted visitors from across the country and we’re super lucky because it’s only in Cheshire!
You can cast your own patronus, see hippogriffs, unicorns, nifflers and eat some magical, Harry Potter inspired food. Tickets start at £26.50 for adults and £21.50 for children, and you can buy your tickets to the Forbidden Forest Experience here!
4. Celebrate David Bowie’s birthday
Can you believe it’s been nearly seven years since David Bowie died and nearly 76 since he was born? There are a couple of events celebrating his life in Liverpool this January.
On January 10 at Grand Central, there will be a huge party, devoted to David Bowie. It’s completely free and there will be at least 11 food vendors on site to settle any hungry tummies.
Then, on January 12, there will be another David Bowie-themed evening, this time at Camp and Furnace. There will be live music, loads of confetti and even Bowie makeover stations.
5. Mark Chinese New Year
January 22 marks the Chinese New Year, which will be the year of the rabbit! As you might already know, Liverpool has the oldest Chinese community in Europe, so it’s a fantastic place to celebrate!
Of course, Chinatown will be decorated with beautiful lanterns and the new year will be welcomed in with traditional dances and firecrackers. Head to Great George Square on January 22 between 11 am and 5 pm and you’ll find the most spectacular celebrations.
6. Hear Beatles songs by candlelight
On January 21, a concert dedicated to The Beatles will illuminate St. George’s Hall and it has to be one of the best things to do in Liverpool this January. Hundreds of tiny Candles will flicker as the exceptional Liverpool String Quartet and a talented pianist perform the best of the Beatles’ tracks.
You can still book tickets in zone B for £30, but don’t worry if you miss this one because there’s another in February! Grab your tickets for Candlelight Special Edition: The Best Of The Beatles here!
7. Have a laugh at Bongo’s Bingo X Snowbombing
Ever heard of a bingo rave? Those two words don’t usually go together but at Bongo’s Bingo, they do!
On January 20 you can let loose at an incredible party, with dance-offs, rave rounds and karaoke on a colossal scale, all with a Snowbombing theme. Tickets are £20 per person and you can buy them here.
8. Chill at a Coldplay Candlelight concert
It’s not just Beatles tracks that will echo through St. George’s Hall this January. The best of Coldplay is coming too, on January 14!
Coldplay songs should always be played by Candlelight. I mean, aren’t they just written for that kind of ambience? This is going to be one epic event, with the music performed by the Bloomsbury Music Group, consisting of a pianist and a percussionist, led by Matthew Glossop.
Tickets cost between £15 and £40, depending on where you sit, and you can book tickets for Candlelight: A Tribute To Coldplay here!
So there you have it, there are tons of fantastic things to do in Liverpool this January. 2023 has to be a fun year after the last couple and Liverpool is definitely doing its best to entertain!