Revealed: Liverpool’s Christmas Market is back…..but in a brand new home!
Can you believe it’s less than 12 weeks until Christmas, already?
To get you into the festive spirit, (and we need no excuse here at The Guide Liverpool…..the office xmas tree will be up the day after Halloween) we’re chuffed to announce that Liverpool’s Christmas Market has made a stunning move!
Celebrating 11 years at the heart of Scouse Christmas Nights out, late night shopping and family fun, this fabulous festive attraction is to have a spectacular new home outside the iconic St George’s Hall, where the city famously launched its year as European Capital of Culture back in 2008.
The new location has been chosen so that Liverpool’s Christmas Market can complement the UK premiere of the Dreamworks Lights show – a lantern extravaganza featuring characters from the blockbuster films of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar, which the Grade I listed hall will be hosting from Thursday, 26 November to Sunday, 15 January 2017.
Liverpool’s Christmas Market will open on St George’s Plateau on Friday, 18 November, the same day as the worldwide release of the new Harry Potter blockbuster, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, in which the hall and plateau both have a starring role.
The new look market will run until Thursday, 22 December operating from 11am-9pm and 11am-5pm on Sundays, perfect for a little bite to eat post-Christmas shopping, or a treat for the kids before they spend the next week gorging on chocolate! Facing Lime Street station, the festive attraction will act as the shop window to the city’s Christmas offering and will feature more than 40 stalls selling food, arts and crafts from across four continents.
You can expect to pick up traditional Christmas fare including gingerbread (Is there anything more Christmassy than gingerbread?) roasted chestnuts and hot mulled wine and will be promoted as a key feature in the city’s One Magical Christmas marketing campaign.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “Liverpool’s Christmas Market deserves to be in a beautiful place and we’re delighted we can now move it to one of the best locations in the country. The stunning backdrop, which Harry Potter fans will soon get to see, is a huge boost for our Christmas plans and with families pouring in to St George’s Hall for Dreamworks Lights it’ll take the market to a totally new level.
‘’St George’s Plateau is the city’s postcard to the world and with the extra special animation we have in store for the market and Dreamworks Lights it will be a magical sight this Christmas. With the Ice Festival also enjoying a new home on the waterfront families visiting Liverpool this Christmas will be guaranteed a truly memorable festive experience.”
For more information about One Magical Christmas, check out: www.onemagicalcity.com Also if you’re holding your own Christmas event this festive period, get in touch on Twitter: @TheGuideLpool or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and let us share the love!