We’re making our list, and checking it twice… OK, so it’s still early but the best venues book up quickly. Get yours sorted before the rush and enjoy your pick of dates and times, plus the serene bliss of knowing it’s all organised, and all you have to plan is what to wear and who to invite for Christmas 2019, your best yet.
Best for: The countryside Christmas – Thornton Hall
Nestled in the heart of the historic village of Thornton Hough on the Wirral, this stunning hotel, bar and restaurant will fill even festive curmudgeons with all the joys of the season. The Lawns restaurant offers festive fine dining while party people are well catered for by the Showtime Spectacular and Viva Las Vegas nights, which offer three courses and plenty of fun to make your celebration go with a swing. Don’t miss their range of all-inclusive drinks packages too.
They also offer exclusive private Christmas parties from £30 per person, and a sensational Strictly afternoon tea, where you can dance the day away. The Festive Family Carveries are back and they have a fabulous Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunches and carveries.
Thornton Hough, Wirral, Liverpool CH63 1JF, 0151 336 3938,https://www.thorntonhallhotel.com/christmas/
Best for: Happy holidays vintage style – Mrs Danvers’ Tea Room
Go all out for a full-on afternoon tea celebration at the beautiful Port of Liverpool building. Whether you’re planning a Christmas party with colleagues, a get together with friends or a festive family celebration, they’ve got Christmas covered.
Their fabulous festive menu will be available throughout Christmas, so you can enjoy your favourite dishes at your Christmas get-together.
Port of Liverpool Building, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1BY, www.facebook.com/MrsDanversCafe/
Best for: Christmas in the party spirit – Chester Racecourse
The racecourse is magical at Christmas, decked out in twinkling lights, providing the perfect backdrop for a truly magical party. Choose from the County Stand, Private Executive Boxes or Pavilion Suite. There are even events at the stunning Chester Town Hall.
Whether you’re booking a Christmas party with work or something special for friends and family, it’s a chance to make the most of the festive season with a delicious three-course choice menu, followed by coffee and chocolates and a selection of bar drinks all evening, as well as live entertainment. They even have their own on-site hotel and ample parking, meaning all guests have to think about is enjoying themselves.
Chester CH1 2LY,www.chester-races.com/our-venue/christmas-parties
Best for: Family fun and a gorgeous gastropub – The White Horse
Nestled in the heart of Chester Racecourse, this stunning family-friendly gastro pub oozes Christmas spirit. The White Horse has fabulous festive menus running throughout December at just £22.50 for lunch, and £29.50 (Sun-Thur) £32.50 (Fri & Sat) for dinner. Indulge in dishes such as roast parsnip and nutmeg soup to start, traditional turkey, with herb roasted potatoes, braised red cabbage, pigs in blankets, sage stuffing and turkey gravy for mains, and winter berry frangipani with salted caramel ice cream for dessert.
There’s even a Christmas Day menu (£75) so you can forget the food shopping and let someone else do the washing up while you enjoy the big day in style.
The White Horse, Chester Racecourse, CH1 2LY, 01244 304 650, www.thewhitehorsechester.co.uk.
Best for: The traditional Christmas – Wheelers of St James’s
With a reputation for superb quality food and service, Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in the Pullman Hotel offers traditional favourites, along with exciting new dishes packed full of seasonal flavours, created with the finest ingredients. Christmas here is beautifully traditional, while the contemporary interior celebrates festive luxury.
Don’t miss the amazing value set menu, which offers two courses and a glass of wine for £20 between 5-7pm. A stone’s throw from the M&S Bank arena, it’s the perfect place to eat before a show, or to finish off a day’s Christmas shopping in style.
Pullman Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP, 0151 945 10 10, www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk.
Best for: Classic elegance and delicious dining – 1539 Restaurant and Bar
With breathtaking views across the racecourse and a real wow factor, 1539 Restaurant and Bar offers elegant, refined dishes, from succulent butter, roasted Cheshire turkey, with winter berries bursting with colour and flavour, to rich, chocolatey desserts. It’s perfect for a mid-week treat after a day of Christmas shopping in Chester city centre, or a festive gathering with friends, family or colleagues.
The racecourse provides the perfect backdrop for any festive feast, with three course festive set lunches from just £24.50 per person. There’s also a Christmas Day menu for £89.50 per person.
Nuns Road, Chester, CH1 2LY, 01244 304 611, www.restaurant1539.co.uk.
Best for: Christmas away from it all (and yet right at the heart of things) – Allerton Manor
This gorgeous bar and restaurant in a beautiful golf course is only a 10 minute drive from the city centre but it feels like a world away. With a sweeping driveway and stunning grounds, The Old Stables restaurant offers a magical Christmas to remember. The venue’s beautiful Fletcher’s bar is a perfect place for intimate occasions, and offers a great selection of speciality drinks.
Allerton Rd, Liverpool, L18 3JT, https://allertonmanorgolfclub.com
Best for: Fabulous festivities in the Park – Sherdley Park
St Helens’ popular new bar and restaurant in Sherdley Park offers a choice of lunch and dinner menus for Christmas 2019, to suit those looking for all kinds of celebrations. Add your favourite seasonal tipple for that extra sparkle!
St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9 5DE, https://sherdleyparkgolfcourse.com/