Christmas at The Atkinson

Christmas at The Atkinson

Come and celebrate Christmas with The Atkinson

The Atkinson’s Christmas is jam-packed packed with special events, activities and performances taking place in November and December and many of them… FREE!

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Christmas at The Atkinson

Running alongside its normal busy event and exhibition programme for the festive period The Atkinson is offering Snowflake Arts & Crafts, a Victorian Magic Lantern Christmas Show, classic Ballet with Swan Lake, Carols and Capers with Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band a Christmas Arts & Craft market, plus free family films and even a visit from Santa!

The programme begins on Saturday 22 November with the Christmas Arts & Craft Market in partnership with Capstan’s Bazaar from 11am to 4pm. During the day there will be free family Christmas Crafts delivered by Southport Contemporary Artists, and create your own funny Queen Knickers bags in the children’s library (12pm-2pm) inspired by the performance of The Queen’s Knickers at 2.30pm (suitable for ages 3+).

Andrew Gill returns to tell us tales of old with his popular Victorian Magic Lantern Christmas Show on Sunday 30 November at 2.30pm. Using an original showman’s magic lantern and hand painted slides he illustrates Victorian life and tells humorous and tear-jerking stories about how audiences were entertained at Christmas over one hundred years ago.

We invite you for Cake & Choral on Monday 1 December at 1pm. Voices of Hope, a six-piece a cappella group from Liverpool Hope University perform a wide repertoire from madrigals and part songs to arrangements of traditional and popular music. Come along and listen and then enjoy a talk with the musicians, a slice of cake and a cup of tea all for £10.

Saturday 7 December is a busy one for families. Santa pays us a visit 11am-1pm so make sure you tell him what you want for Christmas. In the children’s library little ones can listen to A Snowy Storytime, 11.30am & 12.30pm and take part in the Make Your Own Christmas Snowflakes, 12pm-1pm. You can choose to help decorate the library with them, or take them home.

The family fun continues at 2pm with a screening of the Christmas children’s classic animated adventure The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snow dog double-bill. Tickets are just £3 for both films or £2 for one.

After the success of the Liverpool Philharmonic Lunchtime Concerts, The Atkinson is launching a new series of lunchtime Cake & Classical Music concerts from Monday 8 December at 1pm. They will then continue on the first Monday of every month throughout the January to April Season. The first concert is with L’Orchestra dell’Arte Wind Quartet. Come along and listen and then enjoy a talk with the musicians, a slice of cake and a cup of tea all for £10.

After their previous sell-out performances at The Atkinson, Ballet UK return on Thursday 11 December with Swan Lake and we have seasonal Carols and Capers with Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band on Saturday 13 December. If this is not enough then you can also see a live screening of the Bolshio Ballet present The Nutcracker on Saturday 21 December, tickets £10. Please note: this event is a live screening and not live ballet.

Fancy a spot of shopping? Come along to a special event on Thursday 11 December from 5pm-8pm. For one night only get 10% off all items bought in our Gift Shop .

The People’s Theatre Company presents Santa in Love on Sunday 14 December at 2pm and due to popular demand an extra show has been added at 4pm. Come along and find out a Christmas secret in this fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs. Tickets are £8 and include a meet and greet with Santa and a present for every child. The event is suitable for ages 2-7.

Our monthly tea dances turn festive on Monday 15 December. The afternoon of live entertainment provided by Sefton Opera starts at 1.30pm, tickets £2.

Not finished your Christmas shopping yet? Don’t panic as we invite you to A Very Merry Vintage Fair at The Atkinson on Saturday 20 December from 11am to 4pm. The day will offer a wonderful selection of stalls selling vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, home-ware and delectable and delightful gifts. The Summer Vintage Fair saw over 3500 visitors.

For families coming to the fair we have a Seaside Christmas Designs drop in sessions taking place in the galleries from 1pm to 3.30pm. Come along and make Vintage Christmas Cards and Designs for print all inspired by our traditional seaside and local wildlife.

Christmas would not be Christmas without a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. Catch Frank Capra’s 1946 film that captures the imaginations of millions each and every year on Saturday 20 December at 7.30pm, tickets £4.

To celebrate Christmas The Atkinson and the Southport Bid are presenting 3 free classic Christmas films for you to enjoy together.

Polar Express on Saturday 29 November at 2pm, White Christmas on Thursday 18 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm and Santa Claus The Movie on Wednesday 24 December at 2.30pm. Tickets are limited to 4 per person and we ask that if you cannot make the screening, that you return your tickets for someone else. Customers must sign up to The Atkinson’s mailing list to be eligible for this offer.

Don’t forget we now have Gift Vouchers – just ask at Box Office!

There is more information about the Christmas programme online at or you can call The Atkinson Box Office on 01704 533333. You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinson’s opening hours.

We look forward to sharing the festival season with you all.


Posted on 7 November 2014 under Just announced

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